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Fireworks display set to return to the Chicago Riverwalk next month

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The spectacular “Pyrotechnic Waterfall” will make a longer, encore showing in early August

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A brief fireworks show that debuted back in May to usher in the official start of the 2017 Chicago Riverwalk season is coming back to the popular downtown attraction later this summer. The one-minute “Pyrotechnic Waterfall” that launched rockets overhead and sent sparks raining down from the both the Clark and LaSalle street bridges will return as a five-minute-long encore presentation set for August 8th. The fireworks will be accompanied by a live band performing on a tiki boat, reports TimeOut Chicago.

The explosive light and music show is far from the only new attraction arriving at the 1.3-mile waterfront promenade this summer. As part of the Windy City’s Year of Public Art initiative, the Riverwalk has hosted several installations including a multi-panel banner project by artist Candida Alvarez, a 12-foot-tall fiberglass deer from Tony Tasset, and a gold sculpture reading “Real Fake” provocatively placed across from Chicago’s Trump International Hotel and Tower.

A newly added Riverwalk art installation consisting of seven colorful banners by artist Candida Alvarez.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Riverwalk is also in the midst of a six-week-long special event to celebrate the culture and cuisine of Chicago’s 28 international sister cities. Starting July 13th, the “Unifest on the River: One Globe, Many Cultures” program takes place every Thursday afternoon between 4:30 and 8:30 PM. Offering food, beverages, and live music from all over the world, Unifest will run through August 17th.