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Chicago’s Emerging Riverfront

The Chicago Tribune takes a look at the city’s new Riverwalk along the Chicago River. A series of parks, walkways and plazas that give continuous access to a river that slithers through forest of skyscrapers, these places are giving the city an entirely different feel. The article gives a good overview of the track the city has taken from development requirements to architectural styles. It starts out:

In recent weeks, scores of walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others have discovered the riverwalk that just opened on the Chicago River’s south bank. Stretching from east of the Michigan Avenue Bridge to Wabash Avenue, with an extension to State Street due to wrap up in early July, the handsome, people-friendly public space marks the latest step in Mayor Richard Daley’s ambitious drive to make the riverfront a prime public space downtown and in the city’s outlying neighborhoods.

Think of it as a new lakefront. A completed riverwalk would offer much-needed open space for tens of thousands of office workers and downtown apartment dwellers. And it would let you do along the riverfront what you can do along most of the lakefront: walk, bike or jog without interruption, enjoying the water along the way.

2 Responses

  1. This is a beautiful addition for Chicago. Their riverfront presents an incredible opportunity that most American cities can’t match since it basically operates like an urbanized canal seen in many European cities.

  2. I think that’s right – the way the river makes it way through the central city does remind me of some European cities, except with really tall buildings in this case.

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