Slice of Life: The Chicago Riverwall


Architecture buffs like to talk a lot about Chicago’s famous “Michigan Avenue Streetwall”—The flat expanse of brick, concrete, glass, and aluminum that lines the west side of Michigan Avenue through the Loop.  But what of the “Chicago Riverwall?”

With Lakeshore East filling out, and the final gaps filling in along Wacker Drive, the tight line of buildings rimming the Chicago River is more than deserving of its own portmanteau.  At least for now, until the north and west sides of the river finish filling in, and we have a canyon situation, like LaSalle Street, but with water.

Author: Editor

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