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Snowboards, Shopping Carts, Bikes And Other Junk Removed From Chicago River

By Justin Breen | May 18, 2016 12:47pm | Updated on May 18, 2016 2:45pm

CHICAGO — The Chicago River is officially a little less gross after paddlers from Sunday's Chicago River Clean Sweep removed bicycles, TVs, snowboards, shopping carts and other items from the waterway.

"I saw someone even pulled out a nice glass dinner table candle set that they cleaned up so well you would've thought they bought it in a store," said Sam Huff, a guide manager at Kayak Chicago, which organized the event.

The fourth Chicago River Clean Sweep was a free annual homage to paddling through parts of the river and grabbing cans, bottles, rope, plastic and other rubbish found in the water.

It was started in 2013 by Lincoln Park resident Elianna Rivkin, a DePaul graduate and an assistant guide at Kayak Chicago. The first year had 50 paddlers; on Sunday, more than 200 showed up.

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