Surfrider always like to help out at the Annual Chicago River Clean Sweep, hosted by Kayak Chicago. We have a good time ridding the river of trash. It feels good! And there's a lively gathering of like-minded people to hang with at the launch facility. Good times. Final details YTBD.
Kayak Chicago’s river location is conveniently located just off North Avenue with plenty of free parking nearby.
Getting here: Our river location is just 3 blocks east of 90/94 and 1 block south of North Avenue. Magnolia avenue is the first street west of the North avenue Bridge across from the Home Depot. Kayak Chicago is located at the south end of the brick building next to the river, at the intersection of Le Moyne and Magnolia.
What to Bring: Bring fluids and snacks if you plan on being out for an extended period of time. A camera is great to bring when you are out on the water, we recommend having it in a waterproof bag. We highly recommend staying hydrated, bring plenty of water. We carry water and power bars available at this location.
Storage: We have storage cubbies at each of our locations, in case you want to leave something behind, or don’t want it to get wet. Anything you bring on the water has the potential to get wet. We have zip lock baggies available, but keep in mind, they are water resistant, not waterproof.
KICK OFF THE BEACH (CLEAN UP) SEASON WITH SURFRIDER CHICAGO
We will be meeting at 10am at Rainbow Beach (off of 75th St and Lakeshore Dr) on the Southside to lavish some TLC on one of the city's great beaches. The morning kicks off with a brief meeting with the executive committee in which all recent Surfrider activities/campaigns/plans will be covered, and a chance for volunteers to sign up to assist at upcoming 2018 events. We should have some coffee/donuts/water there to keep everyone fortified. The event should conclude by noon.
Join the Surfrider Chicago crew to heap some TLC on the south end's beloved beach. We'll meet at the parking lot at the far E end of the municipal beach, and proceed from there. Shouldn't take that long. We'll bring some supplies to aid the effort. You may even end up getting wet!
About the Film
The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans. More Information about the film available here.
This is going to be a one of kind night for Surfrider Chicago and a great party! We will be showing a trailing for Pat Noyes' new surfing film Southend, followed by our feature presentation of Smof of the Sea.
Registration is REQUIRED before event, as space is limited. Your registration includes:
- Entry into Event
- 1 Raffle Ticket (additional available for purchase at the event)
- 1 Drink Ticket (full bar available)
Bottle Rocket is apart of Emporium Barcade Logan Square's popup event space. Bottle Rocket is a homage to the great Chicago block party, this popup features games in the “yard,” a charcoal BBQ DJ booth, interior power lines (complete with shoes), and when you check out expect a parking ticket.
We will be offering Chicago style hotdogs and other goodies along with a full bar and plenty of seating to hangout.
If you've been to any of our other events with raffles, we try to stock it with awesome products and goods. This event is no different. We are still acquiring items, but you'll want to buy extra raffle tickets. The raffle will take place after the screening and you must be present to win.
Join us as we partner with Kayak Chicago to clean the Chicago River. This is a FREE EVENT, just show up and we'll put you to work :)
We’ll provide the boats, bags, and swag so that YOU can ROCK Mother Nature’s Chicago River to good health!
Paddle a boat or stop by to give paddlers a high-five for lending a hand to our treasured waterway. Stay 5 seconds to 5 hours; we hope you will help the Chicago River thrive.
Dress to get wet from the splash of your paddle or a few raindrops.
- Kayaks (and all required safety equipment)
- Basic kayak instruction
- Safety boaters
- Clean-up equipment (to green-up!)
- Music, snacks, and H2O (to drink!)
On April 22 the Chicago Group of the Sierra Club and Surfrider Chicago are hosting an Earth Day clean-up at Montrose beach from noon to 3pm. All ages are welcome and it's a great event for groups, families, youth, or anyone else who wants to make an impact by taking care of the city's biggest beach.
There will also be guided nature tours through the bird sanctuary running all afternoon for anyone interested- bring your binoculars if you have them!
Meet at the tent near the south end of the large white building at Montrose Beach (opposite end from The Dock bar/restaurant, near kayak rentals). There will be signs guiding you and a Sierra Club banner to mark the spot.
Your event host, Katrina Phillips, will be at the table under the tent, welcoming everyone and getting them checked in.
Meet the Surfrider Chicago team at 9:30AM on the NE corner of Congress and Michigan Ave at the base of the Bowman Indian statue.
All Surfrider Chicago members will be wearing blue Surfrider shirts. The rally begins at 10AM and all participants must enter through the Congress entryway. Surfrider has volunteered to help ensure we leave the march better than we found it and we will be encouraging participants to help clean along the march route.
An expo held at the museum campus will immediately follow the march with other like minded environmental and science organizations. We are also organizing an after party with more details to come soon!
Official Sign Up
Sign up to participate in the march with Surfrider Chicago. Write "Surfrider Chicago" for your organization that we can all be together.
March Day Information
Additional information about the march day can be found here. Note Please sign up for the march with button above. This will make sure you are grouped with Surfrider Chicago. More information about meeting locations for the Surfrider Chicago group are coming soon.
Join us as we kick off the 2017 Surfrider season on March 22, which also happens to be World Water Day, how convenient :)
Come hang out with your local environmentalists, surfers, water lovers, and all around good people. We'll have food and drinks along with a presentation on our upcoming events and initiatives for 2017. Sign ups for events will be available at the event and Surfrider Chicago officers will be available to answer any questions.
Please RSVP Below:
With freshwater issues becoming headlines and the upcoming election on the horizon, join Patagonia Chicago and our nonprofit friends, FLOW (For Love of Water), for a night of Line 5 activism and voter engagement. Learn how your vote this November can help protect our freshwater resources!
Following a screening of "Great Lakes Bad Lines", a documentary about protecting the Great Lakes from the Line 5 Pipeline, we'll hear from a panel of freshwater experts from: For Love Of Water, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Friends of the Chicago River and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. From Line 5 to the Chicago River learn about the dire need for local officials that protect our freshwaters.
In addition to the film and panel discussion have the opportunity to explore your local candidates with BallotReady and ChicagoVotes, enjoy beer and snacks from Patagonia Provisions, and pick up your very own, live-printed "Vote Our Planet" t-shirt!
DATE AND TIME
Fri, October 7, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Patagonia Chicago The Magnificent Mile®
48 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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 www.supyacs.org
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.
AFTER PARTY & RAFFLE
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.
HANGS UPON NOTHING TRAILER
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
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.
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
- Carry reusable shopping bags
- Give up bottled water
- Say no to plastic produce bags
- Buy from bulk bins
- Make your own seltzer
- Pack food in reusable containers
- Choose milk in returnable glass bottles
- Use bar soap and shampoo
- Choose lotions and lip balms in plastic-free containers
- Make sure your personal care products are phthalate-free