SMPS Chicago Blog

10th Annual Big Fish Ball

Friends of the Chicago River will be hosting its 10th Annual Big Fish Ball on Thursday, June 4. The Big Fish Ball will be held along the river under tents on the Merchandise Mart’s Riverside Drive between the Wells Street and Franklin Street bridges. Unique river-centric spectacles and surprises will be part of this one-of-a-kind gala along, on, and for the river.

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Awards Opportunity

Let Friends Celebrate Sustainable Progress for the River with a Chicago River Blue Award!

In 2010, Friends of the Chicago River developed Chicago River Blue as an initiative that encourages and identifies design and development within the Chicago River system that takes people, wildlife, and clean water into account. Since the program's inception, we have awarded over 25 projects and developments that are truly inspirational! The application (and nomination) period is now open for the 2015 Chicago River Blue Awards.

Have you worked on or know of a project that deserves special recognition for its incorporation of river sensitive design? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Maddie Mahan, [email protected], by April 3 with all inquiries. Awards will be presented on the evening of June 4 at Friends' annual gala.

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SMPS Chicago New Member Event - March

As this month's official guest, Sarah Hill-Matthiesen, CPSM, Professional Development Chair of SMPS Chicago, answered a few questions on how SMPS has helped her career and professional growth. Join her at the breakfast next week to learn more.

For questions regarding the breakfast, contact: Lauren Mead, RTKL Associates, Inc., [email protected]

Where do you work and what’s your role?
Bulley & Andrews, Senior Marketing Coordinator

Why did you join SMPS Chicago?
To develop a strong network of peers and advance my professional knowledge.

How has SMPS been beneficial to you, your firm, and/or your career?
I have made many friendships through SMPS that have helped me grow both personally and professionally.

How can a new member of SMPS get the most out of their membership?
By joining a committee!

What was the most fun event you attended for SMPS?
I always love attending our annual summer events.

What do you do to kick back and relax?
Read, when I can find the time.

What is your favorite musical group/performer?
Mumford and Sons

What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
Cinque Terre, Italy

Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”)?
Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush

If you could spend 15 minutes with any living person, who would it be and why?
Tina Fey - she's talented, smart, a working Mom and I am sure I would be laughing the entire time!


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Not yet registered for HRC? What are you waiting for?

Join us at the Palmer House Hilton. Details here. Join SMPS Members and friends for two jammed packed days of information.

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SMPS Chicago FAQ now on the website

We hope this FAQ list is helpful to you, members and SMPS Chicago friends. The FAQ home is in Quick Links, available on every page of the website.

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