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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Room With a View: Another Section of Riverwalk Opens
Jun15

Room With a View: Another Section of Riverwalk Opens

A few weeks ago, amid mild hoopla, two new sections of Chicago’s downtown riverwalk opened to the public.  This past Friday, Loop Spy Jennifer hit our tip line to let us know that a third section is now open: “The River Theater,” between Clark and LaSalle Streets. Jennifer’s photos show that the theater does, indeed, have quite a lot of seating.  Plus a few trees to either block the view, or provide shade,...

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Throwback Thursday: When Kingsbury Plaza Wasn’t Even Archdukebury Plaza
Jun11

Throwback Thursday: When Kingsbury Plaza Wasn’t Even Archdukebury Plaza

When you’ve been publishing a blog as long as we have, you end up with one heck of a photograph archive. Fortunately, the interwebs gave us “Throwback Thursday,” an excuse to re-purpose our snapshots from ten years ago. Today the wayback machine takes us to see the genesis of Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street), or as it was known back then: The Grand Kingsbury.  The stately ovoid column has become such a familiar landmark...

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Two More Riverwalk “Rooms” Open to the Public
May26

Two More Riverwalk “Rooms” Open to the Public

Two main sections of the Chicago Riverwalk opened to the public over the Memorial Day weekend.  Just before 1:00pm, the barriers were removed on two sections between Clark Street and State Street known as The Marina and The Cove.  These are the first sections of the riverwalk to be completed on the main channel of the Chicago River since the portion just east of Michigan Avenue was finished several years ago. Though the riverside...

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Chicago Bridge Tours Return for a Second Season
May12

Chicago Bridge Tours Return for a Second Season

Good news if you missed the limited number of boat tours about Chicago’s moving bridges last year — they’re back for this year! The Chicago Architecture Blog’s bridge expert, Patrick McBriarty, will once again host the tours on the Wendella fleet. There will be six tour dates this year, so check the press release below for the details. And speaking of Mr. McBriarty, congratulations are in order because his childrens’ book Drawbridges...

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