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Paddle the North Branch on Aug. 27th

North Branch Works
August 9, 2022

Join us on Saturday, August 27th from 9-11:30 a.m. for a fun and informative kayak tour of the North Branch. To sign up, please go here.

During this outing, we’ll learn about advocacy efforts to improve the Chicago River system, see the Riverview Bridge up close, and visit several dynamic local businesses such as Metropolitan Brewing and Soul & Smoke.

The trip is approximately 3.5 miles; we’ll will depart from the docks at Rockwell on the River, an innovative adaptive reuse of a former industrial property. And if you happen to own a kayak, you’re welcome to bring it and join the event.

We’ll begin with a welcome from Rockwell on the River and a short talk from Wateriders Kayaks.

After boarding our kayaks, we’ll paddle north to the Montrose Avenue Bridge, stopping along the way to hear from staff at Friends of the Chicago River and to talk about the Riverview Bridge and the City of Chicago’s ambitious goal of a continuous Chicago River Trail.

Then we’ll paddle back to Rockwell on the River and stop at Metropolitan Brewing. Following the ride, everyone is invited to have lunch at Soul & Smoke, a new minority-owned and woman-led barbeque restaurant.

We’re excited to partner on this outing with Friends of the Chicago River, Rockwell on the River, Wateriders Kayaks, Metropolitan Brewing, Soul & Smoke, and Epstein Engineering.

One and two-person kayaks will be available. We hope you can join us and experience the majesty of the North Branch of the Chicago River with us.

Wateriders Kayaks has generously agreed to  take registration for our outing this year and has included a waiver that can be signed electronically.

Proceeds support Wateriders Kayaks and the neighborhood economic development work of North Branch Works.

With questions, please contact Steve Simmons at 773-929-5552 x2226,

Image credit: Kevin Hartmann, Sterling Bay

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