25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Celebration

Join Delta Institute for food, drinks, and fun at our 25th Anniversary Celebration on May 21, 2024 at the Chicago History Museum!

Delta Institute is turning 25!

Delta was founded 25 years ago because environmental, economic, and climate issues hit communities—urban and rural—through disinvestment, systemic inequity, and policy decisions. And since our founding, we have collaborated with thousands of Midwesterners to help them reach their vision of a more equitable and innovative Midwest.
That’s why we invite you to join us the evening of May 21, 2024, in celebrating our 25th Anniversary! This special, once-in-a-quarter-century party will take place at the iconic Chicago History Museum. Interested in being recognized as one of our Anniversary sponsors? So mark your calendars to join us for food, drinks, fun, and a toast to our past 25 years of impact!

It’s sure to be a night to remember. Together, we’ll enjoy –

  • 4 wonderful museum exhibits
  • A live band & DJ
  • A delicious variety of local eats
  • Beer, wine, & spirits — including signature cocktails featuring regionally-sourced ingredients
  • Games on the museum’s beautiful patio overlooking Lincoln Park
  • Trivia & scavenger hunting
  • Remarks from members of our lovely community
  • Reconnecting & networking with fellow Midwestern environmentalists!

Interested in being recognized as one of our Anniversary sponsors?

Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Please email Patrick Murphy, Director of Donor Stewardship at Delta Institute, to learn more about supporting the event and getting involved.
Collage of photos with text reading "25 Years"
Photo collage with text reading "of Impact"

For Delta’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, the Chicago History Museum welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone. They currently offer:

  • Large-print labels for select exhibitions;
  • English and Spanish captions in most of their exhibition films;
  • Verbal Imaging Touch Tours of Chicago: Crossroads of America (by appointment only), which has extra descriptive elements, plus opportunities to touch items, created for visitors who have low vision or are blind (please contact Patrick Murphy for access by Friday, May 3, 2024);
  • Valet parking at the Museum;
  • Button-activated doors at the south end of the main entrance;
  • Public elevator operating between all floors;
  • Wide restroom stalls with grab bars, as well as an accessible family restroom on the second floor; and
  • Wheelchairs for your use free of charge (please inquire at the front desk or in advance by emailing Patrick Murphy).

Please email us with other questions or comments about accessibility.

Please note that Delta Institute’s 25th Anniversary Celebration may be recorded via photography, videography, and audio recording. By attending, guests grant Delta Institute permission to take photographs/video/audio of them and their property. Guests authorize Delta Institute, its assigns, and transferees to edit, copyright, use, and publish the same in print and/or electronically. Guests agree that Delta Institute may use such photographs/video/audio of them with or without their names and for any lawful purpose, including such purposes as publicity, web content, and reports. By attending, guests acknowledge that they have completely read and fully understand Delta Institute’s Media Release Consent Form and COVID-19 Disclosure and agree by all conditions, and they release any and all claims against Delta Institute for utilizing this material for publication, external promotion, or distribution via Delta Institute-managed channels.

Delta Institute recognizes and appreciates that COVID-19 is an ongoing consideration for events attendance and management. We encourage our guests to please connect with us another time and stay at home to rest if they are experiencing fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, or any other symptom that may indicate COVID-19 infection. Further, we encourage our guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and welcome the wearing of masks to reduce community spread. Have fun and be safe!

CTA “L” Stations (within a half mile):

  • Brown Line Sedgwick station
  • Red Line Clark/Division station

Bus stops: CTA buses 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156 stop nearby.

Parking: Valet service will be available at the Museum. Otherwise, public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum near Clark and LaSalle streets at 1730 N. Stockton Drive for $10 with Museum validation.


Photo / Chicago History Museum

Since its founding in 1856, the Chicago History Museum has served as the “primary destination for learning, inspiration, and civic engagement to connect people to Chicago’s history and each other.” Delta Institute is proud to partner with the museum, a fellow 501c3 nonprofit organization, to celebrate our history.

As a guest of our 25th Anniversary Celebration, you are welcome to enjoy exhibits on display on the museum’s second floor as well as the natural beauty of Chicago’s Lincoln Park as part of your experience.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you not only for supporting the event and joining the party, but for your generosity in helping us reach the next chapter of our work at Delta Institute!


William Blair


Chicago Community Trust
RW Ventures
Spaulding Ridge


Apologue Liqueurs
Hoste Cocktails
Revolution Brewing


Kevin Dick
Principal, 389nm

Doug Fogelson
Founder/Director, One Year for Earth (1y4e)

Ghian Foreman
President/CEO, Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative

Aina Gutierrez
Executive Director, Rebuilding Exchange

Allison Hannon Holly
Director of Strategy, Pattern Energy

Kirsten Melling
Sustainability Associate, Buro Happold

Henrietta “Hank” Saunders, CFA
Former Board Director, Delta Institute

Sam Schiller
Co-founder/CEO, Carbon Yield

Travis Solberg
Chief Sustainability Steward, Solberg MFG

Erik Varela
Executive Director, Illinois International Port District

Jeff Williams
Former Board Director, Delta Institute


For questions or sponsorship information, please contact Patrick Murphy at pmurphy@delta-institute.org or 312-554-0900 ext. 31.

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