Student Congress

The Chicago River Student Congress brings students together to celebrate the Chicago River.

It is a student-led environmental conference hosted annually by a partner school in the Chicago River watershed. Students share their knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with their peers. They can present and/or attend informative workshops and view displays created by other students and by professionals from local colleges, non-profits and government agencies.

The 2023 Chicago River Student Congress will be held:

February 25, 2023
8:00 am to 1:00 pm

at DePaul College Prep High School
3333 North Rockwell St., Chicago, IL

Entire Invitation with REGISTRATION FORM
Directions to DePaul College Prep and event map

If you have questions about becoming part of the next Student Congress, contact Mark Hauser at

Students got to meet live red swamp crayfish at the 2019 Student Congress.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 Chicago River Student Congress.

Thank you to Lane Tech, DePaul College Prep, Solorio, Von Steuben, Northside College Prep, Nettelhorst Elementary School, Waters Elementary School, and Chicago City Day School.

Thank you to the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Urban Rivers, and Wings & Talons.

Students from Gage Park High School take a bow after putting on a skit about water quality

“It was definitely an eye-opener for me. It was great to see students' hard work on display, and I can't wait for my students to represent themselves at next year's Student Congress.”

Efunyemi Vertus, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School