Cocktails For a Cause | Jan. Friends of The Chicago River

A cocktail for a cause? We'll drink to that! Every month Tortoise Supper Club chooses a local charity to which we create a specialty cocktail on their behalf to promote throughout the month. A portion of the proceeds from every "Cocktail for a Cause" sold is donated to the charity. 

Our January Cocktail For A Cause, "The 156", in support of Friends of The Chicago River.

Our January Cocktail For A Cause, "The 156", in support of Friends of The Chicago River.

For the month of January, we've paired up with Friends of The Chicago River. Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants and animals; and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, and easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region. Friends’ work spans the entire 156-mile Chicago River system and its surrounding watershed. They focus on a greener river with healthy habitat, an accessible river that people can use and enjoy, and a river cared for by a broad group of supporters.

Friends of the Chicago River was founded in 1979 after an article penned by Robert Cassidy called “Our Friendless River” appeared in Chicago Magazine. Inspired to take action on behalf of one of the city’s greatest natural resources, concerned citizens came together forming Friends of the Chicago River later that year.

Since their founding, Friends has carried out a myriad of planning initiatives and played a key role in changing how the City of Chicago and other municipalities treat the river in development ordinances and plans. This had led to a number of river-edge improvements including riverwalks and waterside parks that feature the Chicago River.

Today their work also includes policy initiatives geared towards improving the water quality of the river so that it can support native plants, fish and other wildlife, and a variety of recreational uses; on-the-ground projects that result in physical improvements and the preservation of quality habitat; and education and outreach programs that inform and inspire people to help revitalize the Chicago River. As a result, the Chicago River is becoming a haven for wildlife and a treasured community resource.

The mission of Friends of the Chicago River is to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants, and animals.

The mission of Friends of the Chicago River is to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants, and animals.

Stop in anytime throughout the month of January and enjoy "The 156", our cocktail for a cause benefiting Friends of The Chicago River. $3 from each cocktail for a cause sold will go directly to Friends of The Chicago River. This delicious libation includes a green tea infused gin, raspberry cordial, lemon sorbet, rhubarb bitters. It's finished off with a touch of absinthe and prosecco.

To learn more about Friends of The Chicago River, or to donate directly to their cause, click the button below. Cheers! 

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