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Chicago Riverwalk

Ross Barney ArchitectsSasaki

Chicago Riverwalk

Since 2001, the city of Chicago has been turning the area between Lake Shore Drive and Franklin Street into an open, pedestrian waterfront. Often called the Chicago’s Second Lakefront, the latest phase of the ongoing Riverwalk project extends the waterfront by three blocks, from State Street to LaSalle Street. Designed to deal with the Chicago River’s seven-foot annual floods, each section of the new Chicago Riverwalk expanse has its own theme: the Marina is a place to eat and watch the boats, the Cove offers boating and kayak rental, and the River Theater is a public amphitheater. Eventually, three other rooms will be added, extending the Chicago Riverwalk all the way to Franklin Street. Ultimately, the project gives downtown Chicago a continuous, car-free walking environment, while helping to revitalize the riverfront area.

Creators: Sasaki, Ross Barney Architects, Jacobs/Ryan Associates, Walsh Construction Company, Infrastructure Engineering Inc, Delta Engineering Inc, Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc., Dynasty Group, Inc, GeoServices Inc., Alfred Benesch & Company, Schuler Shook
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