Become A Sponsor

Exelon and team employees working together at Ping Tom Memorial Park.

Join the team to help make the Chicago River system litter free!

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Friends of the Chicago River invites you to sponsor our most rewarding community-wide volunteer day, Chicago River Day, on May 14, 2022.

Our 2,000+ volunteers come from across the 673-square mile watershed in support of a healthier and cleaner 156-mile Chicago River system at sites throughout Lake and Cook County. This is an all ages, family-friendlsy event with volunteers from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds found in the Greater Chicagoland community. We encourage school groups, community groups, corporations, and individuals to join us on the day to collect garbage, remove invasive vegetation, spruce up river-edge trails, plant native seedlings, and much more. More than 1.9 million pounds tons of trash, debris and invasive plant material has been removed since 1992.

Sponsorship is open to individuals, companies, organizational groups, and foundations.  

Why become a sponsor?

As a Chicago River Day sponsor, you will have the opportunity for substantial market exposure, employee or member engagement, and the knowledge that your contribution makes a truly tangible difference throughout the 156-mile Chicago River system. Chicago River Day provides you with the perfect way to engage your team of enthusiastic volunteers through team building activities that get them outdoors helping to continue the river’s renaissance.

The event is popular with the press, attracts radio and television coverage, and unique online exposure through websites, blogs, and social media. The images captured from this day of the river and volunteers in action are special.

As our thank you to volunteers, each receives a T-shirt designed specifically for this year’s Chicago River Day. Sponsors who join before April 1 will have their logos printed on the back of the T-shirt. The featured animal for 2022 is the Blanding’s Turtle, highlighted in the Chicago River Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Action Plan. This turtle is directly helped by our work to clear nesting habitat and monitor their success.

Friends is happy to work with your staff to customize a sponsorship to fit your needs from activities on the ground to exposure and visibility.

Activities include:

  • River-edge cleanup
  • Invasive plant species removal
  • Native vegetation planting
  • Water quality testing
  • Habitat monitoring

Your sponsorship of this major event creates huge ripple effects that allow Friends to continue our work throughout the year on behalf of the Chicago River.

If you are interested in learning more, please call or email Kristi Cox at (312) 939-0490 or email her at