Construction is now well underway for
two three sections of the new Riverwalk project that will transform the downtown riverfront into a pedestrian-friendly park concept that is expected to (hopefully) pump more tourism dollars into the Loop area. It's been about a year since the city received a $100M loan from the US Department of Transportation to expand the Riverwalk, and despite the ruthless winter Chicago has had, construction began around February. According to original estimates, work on the entire project should be completed in about a year and a half and the Chicago Department of Transportation expects the completed Riverwalk to receive about 2.8 million visitors a year.
While the Riverwalk will be a continuous pedestrian path all the way from State Street to Lake Street, each block of the park will have a distinct theme - something like a tiny version of the Magic Kingdom. The
two three blocks under construction now are The River Theater, between Clark and LaSalle, The Cove, between Dearborn and Clark and the Marina. Several barges have been brought in to assist in construction, and so far a lot of cement from the previous, woefully underused, riverfront pathway along Lower Wacker has been demolished while new steel pilings are being anchored to support the new structures.
This post was authored by Curbed Chicago contributor Aaron Dunlap.
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