Linear Riparian Park Takes Shape Along the Chicago River
Oct15

Linear Riparian Park Takes Shape Along the Chicago River

Chicago’s newest linear park is piecing together nicely along the North Branch of the Chicago River.  Avondale Spy Joel sent in photographs showing construction progress on the 312 RiverRun. Rendering Reality (in progress) When complete, the serpentine bridge will fly for two miles over the river and under West Addison Street to connect Clark Park with California Park. You can see how a great arc of bridge rises and curves over...

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Chicago’s Next Tourist Attraction: A Glass Tube Under the River
Apr01

Chicago’s Next Tourist Attraction: A Glass Tube Under the River

In an effort to build on 2018’s record-setting year for tourism, the City of Chicago has announced plans for a new attraction: A glass-enclosed pedestrian tube running underneath the Chicago River. Speaking to reporters at his Ravenswood estate Sunday, outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for The Deep Six, a transparent tube running down the center of the Chicago River’s main channel from the Michigan Avenue Bridge...

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Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River
Feb11

Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River

The second community meeting about Wild Mile Chicago was held recently, and enthusiasm is growing for a project that would have seemed a few McNuggets short of a Happy Meal a decade ago. Anchored on the banks of the Chicago River in the Goose Island area, Wild Mile Chicago envisions a mile-long “eco park” running along, and into, the industrial waterway. Don’t get too excited. This image that’s been circulating...

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On TV Tonight: Baer in the Water
Nov27

On TV Tonight: Baer in the Water

In a time when most Chicago media can’t be bothered to look out their window unless someone has been shot, WTTW’s Geofffrey Baer remains the face of Chicagoans interested in their city, its history, and what it looks like today. Bear hunters rejoice, because the city’s premier urban explorer has a new special which airs tonight on channel 11 at 7:30pm.  It’s called Chicago River Tour With Geoffrey Baer, and is...

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Want to Swim in the Chicago River? Then Use Your Voice
Jan31

Want to Swim in the Chicago River? Then Use Your Voice

Regional governments and quangos are coming together with a plan called Great Rivers Chicago to clean up, take back, and otherwise return the waterways of Chicagoland to recreational use.  We’ve discussed this on and off over the years as bits of the plan have been revealed.  Now it’s your turn to discuss it. There will be a public meeting Thursday, February 16th at the Chicago Maritime Museum in Bridgeport (1200 West 35th...

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Loopside Chicago Riverwalk Extension Opens to the Public
Oct24

Loopside Chicago Riverwalk Extension Opens to the Public

If it wasn’t for a certain sporting event in Wrigleyville, the opening of the Loopside Chicago Riverwalk extension would have been the best thing that happened in Chicago over the weekend.  But unlike the Northsiders going to the World Series, building the riparian extravaganza didn’t take seven decades. If you’ve been downtown in the last year or so, you probably have seen, walked, or even dined on the lovely and...

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Fountain Tests and Fish Hotels Mark The Latest Chicago Riverwalk Progress
Oct06

Fountain Tests and Fish Hotels Mark The Latest Chicago Riverwalk Progress

The latest phases of the Chicago Riverwalk project are really something to see these days.  It’s the beginning of October, so there’s a certain urgency in the air to get things buttoned up before the sky fills with snow and the river becomes a manic jigsaw puzzle of ice. Loop Spy DJ splashed some new photos of the riverwalk construction in our tip line a few hours ago, and it’s good news for both kids and fish. Kids,...

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Chicago River Museum Marks its 10th Anniversary
May04

Chicago River Museum Marks its 10th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum opened on the downtown riverwalk.  Back then, there wasn’t much to the riverwalk compared to today, and hardly anyone knew about the museum cleverly tucked inside an 86-year-old Michigan Avenue Bridge bridgehouse. Today it provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of downtown Chicago, and if you happen to be there...

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Waterway Construction No Riverwalk in the Park
Sep23

Waterway Construction No Riverwalk in the Park

Construction sites are dangerous places. Heavy steel beams, concrete pillars and cement blocks, bricks and rebar, all capable of inflicting injury or damage to their surroundings. Add height when working on a highrise, these items can be exponentially more treacherous. And then, you have the Chicago Riverwalk. Take all that steel, concrete, and iron, and add water. All around. Stop by the Chicago River on a typical working day, and...

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With Sunken Barge in the Past, 150 North Riverside Forges On
Aug05

With Sunken Barge in the Past, 150 North Riverside Forges On

Construction projects are lucky to make the news once. It might be during the planning phase, or when said plans are made public. Or maybe there’s a particularly heated community meeting, where residents make impassioned pitches for and against their new prospective neighbor. Perhaps it’s at groundbreaking, when the local dignitaries make an appearance, gold shovels in hand. The new office tower at 150 North Riverside took...

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