CHICAGO — You can be part of a giant group photo along the Chicago Riverwalk Wednesday afternoon as part of an awareness campaign.
To build awareness for April as Overflow Action Month, Friends of the Chicago River is planning the "Keep the River Clean Photobomb" on the Chicago Riverwalk at the River Theater between Clark and LaSalle on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.
The group’s goal is to attract hundreds of people to be photographed on the large stairs there demonstrating they want the river to be healthy and clean.
With photographers placed on Metropolitan Water Reclamation District skimmer boats, across the river on the north bank, and on nearby bridges, "Friends hopes to capture the spirit of the river through the smiling faces of those who truly care," according to a news release.
“The river has improved dramatically,” said Margaret Frisbie, Friends’ executive director, “and there is so much interest in it right now that it is almost difficult to keep track of it all. However, despite everyone’s enthusiasm for the Chicago Riverwalk, new developments, and getting out on the water there are still a lot of complex problems we need to address including stormwater runoff and occasional sewage pollution — especially this month when there’s been so much rain.
"We want to people to be aware. Therefore we are holding the Keep the River Clean Photobomb and hope that at least 500 people will join us to represent the thousand who care. We implore everyone to tell their friends and co-workers, and get ready to smile for the river."
For more information on the free Photobomb event, contact Joanne So Young Dill, director of strategic initiatives, at 312-939-0490, ext. 23, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.