Green Soapbox 2024: Wildfires and Midwestern Air Quality

Green Soapbox 2024: Wildfires and Midwestern Air Quality

Please join us for Green Soapbox 2024 focused on the theme of "Wildfires and Midwestern Air Quality."
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Summer typically brings fun-in-the-Midwest-sun, filled with days at parks and Great Lakes beaches. Backyard BBQs and al fresco restaurants, with plenty of ice cream and other warm weather treats.

This wasn’t the case for Summer 2023, a season that many of us spent inside. Air Quality Advisories, along with dire warnings from public health agencies, told us that the smoke blanketing the Midwest from the wildfires raging in the Quebec Province of Canada would harm children, the elderly, and those living with chronic care conditions. Experts caution that as climate-impacted weather patterns shift, with higher rates of drought in densely forested regions, that the smokey haze that so many of us grew accustomed to in Summer 2023 may become a recurring issue.

Please join us for our next virtual Green Soapbox event focused on the theme of “Wildfires and Midwestern Air Quality” with local experts participating in a panel discussion centered around air quality, our health and wellbeing, and what we can do to mitigate or respond to this increasing regional issue.



  • 5:00pm CT – Welcome and networking over refreshments for in-person guests
  • 5:30pm CT – Introductory remarks begin for in-person and virtual guests
  • 7:00pm CT – Closing

For those attending the event in-person, we will reserve front-row seating for those with disabilities; the venue is fully ADA compliant. For those attending the event online, automated closed captions will be provided by Zoom. Please email us with other questions or comments about accessibility.

Please note that this year’s Green Soapbox event will 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 Green Soapbox 2024 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!

Metra: 150 N. Riverside is adjacent to the Ogilvie Transportation Center and 0.4 miles from Union Station.

  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: half-block to the north entry (5 minutes)
  • Union Station: four blocks south (11 minutes)
  • LaSalle Street Station (seven blocks south and three blocks east (20 minutes)
  • Millennium Station: nine blocks east (17 minutes)

CTA “L” Stations (within a half mile): 150 N. Riverside is adjacent to Ogilvie Transportation Center and 0.4 miles from Union Station.

  • Washington Wells (Brown and Purple Lines)
  • Clark and Lake (Blue Line) – across the river and three blocks east
  • Clinton Street (Pink and Green Lines) – two blocks west

Bus stops: The nearest bus stop is at the corner of Canal St. and Randolph St. Bus routes located within one block of the office: 20, 56, 60, 124, 125, and J14.

Driving: Located between Lake St. and Randolph St., east of Canal St., the venue is easily accessible by I-94. Please reference Google Maps for driving directions.

Parking: Daily and weekend parking is available at several locations nearby, though not at the 150 North Riverside garage. Explore the locations below, or consider using SpotHero or ParkWhiz websites for daily parking.

  • 540 West Lake, Self Park/Valet 0.2 miles away
  • 543 West Lake, Self Park/Valet 0.2 miles away
  • 165 North Clinton, Self Park/Valet, 0.2 miles away
  • 165 North Clinton, Self Park/Valet, 0.2 miles away
  • 165 North Canal, Valet, 0.2 miles away

For more parking options, lodging info, and more, please download this two-page guide from William Blair. 

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For questions or sponsorship information, please contact Patrick Murphy at or 312-554-0900 ext. 31.


Join our Associate Board

Green Soapbox is an annual event organized by the Delta Emerging Leaders (or DELs) Associate Board, a cohort of professionals who are passionate about sustainability. This event kicks off the official recruitment season for the DELs, so please join us to learn more and consider applying to join on board. Applications open later in Spring 2024 for one-year, renewable terms beginning July 1.

Silent Auction

Looking for other ways to support this year’s event? You can bid on prizes as part of our silent auction we are holding to support this year’s event and the mission of Delta Institute. You can win some fantastic prizes this year – and winner need not be present!

Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for this year’s silent auction, including:

  • Brooklyn Builders
  • Cyclopure
  • Mirakel
  • Off Color Brewery
  • Patagonia
  • The Shedd Aquarium
  • Six Flags Great America
  • The Unwaste Shop
  • Zen Yoga Garage

Click here to start bidding! The auction closes this Friday, March 22. 

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