Chicago Water Week

Chicago Water Week

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Dive into chicago water week:

Engage, Learn, and Connect

Current’s 5th Annual Chicago Water Week will return in May 2025 with a week-long series of water-focused events. Partnering organizations independently host a variety of events throughout the week, from indoor and outdoor experiences to virtual and in-person gatherings. Most events are free to attend for guests of all ages, backgrounds, and industries.

Why Participate?

Explore Water’s Impact: Learn about the essential role water plays in our environment, communities, and economy, as well as the impact of the climate crisis on our region’s water resources.

Engage with Water Stewards: Hear from regional leaders, policymakers, innovators, researchers, and advocates on how our region is addressing pressing water challenges.

Build Connections: Network with other industry, business, regulatory, and community professionals who are passionate about water innovation and advocacy.

Sponsors of Chicago Water Week have the unique opportunity to network with influential water leaders, explore cutting-edge water ideas and technologies, lead conversations around regional and global water challenges, and align their brand with water innovation and advocacy work.

Each year, dozens of organizations host events during Chicago Water Week. By partnering and hosting an event, organizations gain enhanced cross-sector visibility, valuable additions to their network, and connections with other organizations and professionals who share a passion for water stewardship.

There are no events scheduled at this time. Please check back later for updates.

participant faqs

What type of event can I host?

Partners have autonomy to determine the format and duration of their events. Previous events have included panel discussions, policy debates, trivia nights, film screenings, wetland tours, research presentations, and sessions on innovative products. Some partners even curated mini symposiums comprising multiple events. Events can be led by one or multiple partners by their mutual agreement.

Where can I host an event?

Events can be hosted at your organization’s preferred location in or around Chicago. Current does not provide venues for events, but our team is happy make recommendations. Events may also be conducted online using your preferred platform (e.g. Zoom, Teams, Google Meet).

What time can I host an event?

Events typically run between 8 AM and 7 PM CT, although some activities might extend beyond these hours, such as evening dinner events.

How are events staffed?

Each event is independently developed, organized, and staffed by participating organizations. As a partner, you will be fully responsible for planning and running your event. Current coordinates and manages the Chicago Water Week calendar and marketing, but does not assist partner organizations with running their events.

Who is the target audience?

Event organizers are free to target any audience they wish. Chicago Water Week is intended to appeal and mobilize as many people as possible to keep water front of mind. Current will actively promote all Water Week events across our digital platforms, social channels, and newsletters in an effort to inform and activate our audience of water enthusiasts.

Does it cost anything to host an event during Chicago Water Week?

There is no fee for hosting an event during Chicago Water Week. Any event costs incurred would pertain solely to your event’s activities, speakers, staffing, logistics, and marketing (beyond what Current provides), and are under your organization’s discretion.

Why host an event during Chicago Water Week?

By collaborating as a partner in Chicago Water Week, you will be contributing to a larger movement aimed at addressing pressing water challenges and fostering a robust water innovation ecosystem. Partnering in this initiative not only amplifies visibility and engagement, but also enables access to a network of diverse perspectives.

What does it take to participate as a host?

To get started, complete this event interest form. Our team will reach out to set up a planning call. Once we are have approved the event’s addition to Chicago Water Week and the event is ready to promote, we will add it to the event calendar and promotional schedule. We will also add your organization to our official partner list.

How do I sign up to attend an event?

More information for 2025 Chicago Water Week event registration will be available soon.

Does it cost anything to attend an event?

The vast majority of Chicago Water Week events are free. Some unique events and engagements may be ticketed. Please refer to each partner’s event registration page for further details.