LINCOLN PARK — A weekend block party is back to mark the first anniversary of the Wild Mile floating eco-park on the Chicago River.
The Wild Mile Block Party returns for its second year 3-8 p.m. Sunday next to the REI Lincoln Park store, 905 W. Eastman St.
The event near the Goose Island Canal will have free food, drinks, music, raffles and other entertainment, according to organizers.
The floating eco-park is a project by nonprofit Urban Rivers, which is on a mission to transform a mile-long stretch of the Chicago River with floating boardwalks and gardens. The first section of the boardwalk opened last summer.
Since then, the park has welcomed more than 30,000 visitors, including neighbors, educational programs and events, Urban Rivers leaders said.
“We are incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made on the Wild Mile,” said Nick Wesley, co-founder of Urban Rivers. “This year’s block party is a chance for us to showcase the incredible results we’ve achieved in transforming a once-neglected stretch of the river into a thriving wildlife public space.”
Sunday’s block party is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
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