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Plans For Six-Block Riverwalk Extension Unveiled

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The Chicago riverwalk could be getting a lot longer. That's if plans floated by Mayor Emanuel to lengthen the riverwalk by six blocks come to fruition. The new section would extend from State to Lake streets along the south branch of the Chicago river. Under Emanuel's proposal, each block would have its own name and a unique theme, including: The Marina (State to Dearborn), The Cove (Dearborn to Clark), The River Theater (Clark to LaSalle), The Swimming Hole (LaSalle to Wells), The Jetty from (Wells to Franklin), and The Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake). "The Chicago River is our second shoreline," Emanuel said in a statement. "It is now time to celebrate this incredible waterway with the completion of the entire riverwalk project, from Lake Michigan to the confluence of the three branches." Other design elements include floating gardens and a bridge from Upper Wacker. CDOT is currently seeking federal funds to finance the ambitious expansion, which is projected to cost a hefty $100M.
·Chicago Unveils Riverwalk Expansion Plans [NBC5 Chicago]
·Chicago Riverwalk renderings [Trib]