8:00 am08:00


  • Montrose Beach

Join us for the 4th Annual Stand Up Paddleboard Race, Ride and Relay to benefit Young Adult Cancer Survivors (SUP YACS) on Sunday, July 26th at Montrose Beach. This fun-filled day has races and events for all skill levels and clinics available for those brand new to the sport of SUP. Following the event, we will have an after party and raffle at the Dock at Montrose Beach. New to this year's race is the relay challenge - a 4 person SUP relay to claim top SUP YACS team. For individual racers, there are elite and fun run races available. All proceeds from this event go to True North Treks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer through backpacking and canoeing treks in nature where participants can learn new ways to get connected again after the disconnecting experience of cancer, and to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program at the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. Learn more and register for the event at


International Surfing Day: Montrose Beach
9:00 am09:00

International Surfing Day: Montrose Beach

We are getting together purely for I.S.D. fun this Saturday to do a paddle out. Bring your board, hang out with the Surfrider gang, get wet, and start your day just right - just like surfers and Surfrider chapters are doing all over the world. It's that simple. No beach clean up (this time), no sign ups (next time), just the pure enjoyment of sand/water/tasty waves - not necessarily in that order.

Hangs Upon Nothing Premiere
2:00 pm14:00

Hangs Upon Nothing Premiere

  • The Logan Theatre


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We are extremely excited to announce that we will be hosting an after party and raffle in The Logan Theater lounge directly after the premiere. We have some great sponsors lined up that are donating some INCREDIBLE prizes for the raffle. We can't say what they are, but there may be some great stuff to help you get outside and on the water (hint, hint). You will definitely want to stick around.

The best part is that EVERY ticket includes ONE raffle ticket! Additional tickets will be available for purchase. We would like to thank our raffle sponsors, Third Coast Surf Shop, Marine Layer and Windward Boardshop. We are working on getting more sponsors on board. Stay posted.



3rd Annual Stand Up Paddleboard Race, Ride and Relay (SUP YACS)
7:00 am07:00

3rd Annual Stand Up Paddleboard Race, Ride and Relay (SUP YACS)

  • Montrose Beach

Join Surfrider Chicago, True North Treks, Kayak Chicago and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University as we host the 3rd Annual Stand Up Paddleboard Race, Ride & Relay to help benefit young adult cancer patients (SUP YACS Classic).  The races, relays and other fun will be held at Montrose Beach on Sunday, July 27th with an amazing after event sponsored by Pacifico.

Schedule of Events

Race Day Check-In/Registration 7:30–8:30 AM
Course Orientation & Schedule 8:30–8:45 AM
Races, Relays & Sprints 
9:00–11:30 AM
Beginners SUP Clinic 
10:30–11:30 AM
Awards Ceremony 
11:30 AM–12:00 PM
Post-Race Party at The Dock 
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

International Surfing Day
8:30 am08:30

International Surfing Day

  • Montrose Beach

In honor of this year’s International Surfing Day, the Surfrider Chicago Chapter will be organizing the largest paddle out Chicago has ever seen! Come rent a SUP board or kayak from Kayak Chicago and paddle out with us in pristine Lake Michigan!


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Barefoot Beach Clean up
10:00 am10:00

Barefoot Beach Clean up

  • Montrose Beach

The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, now in its eighth year, helps keep beaches, rivers, parks and lakes across America “barefoot friendly.”  In 2014, Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, along with community volunteers, are embarking on a tour of 15 cleanups nationwide, stopping in Chicago, IL.

Bag It Film Screening
7:00 pm19:00

Bag It Film Screening

  • Patagonia Lincoln Park

Banning disposable, plastic single-use bags from the marketplace has become an important and controversial issue. Partnering with Surfrider Foundation, Patagonia Lincoln Park is taking steps to make a change here, and now, in our own community. Join us to discuss this important issue. A petition for a plastic bag ban in Chicago will be available for signatures.

Ten Ways to Reduce Plastic Use

  1. Carry reusable shopping bags
  2. Give up bottled water
  3. Say no to plastic produce bags
  4. Buy from bulk bins
  5. Make your own seltzer
  6. Pack food in reusable containers
  7. Choose milk in returnable glass bottles
  8. Use bar soap and shampoo
  9. Choose lotions and lip balms in plastic-free containers
  10. Make sure your personal care products are phthalate-free
This is the first three minutes of documentary film BAG IT. This film examines the impact of plastics on the environment, marine animals and human health.