Chicago’s Lesser-Known Downtown Riverwalk To Be Spruced Up
Aug13

Chicago’s Lesser-Known Downtown Riverwalk To Be Spruced Up

Back when we first started publishing this publication, coming home to Lakeshore East after a late night of community meetings often meant dodging rats along the south bank of the Chicago River, then squishing through mud to thread a passage between walls of rusting corrugated steel, a city auto impound lot, and weed-choked lots. The “old” Riverwalk has improved since then.  Seeds have been planted for various businesses...

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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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The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park
Aug09

The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been following River Point for eight years. Back when it was approved in 2008, it was just known as 444 West Lake, and the park along the riverfront was just a dream. The narrow riverwalk portion of the project has been open for quite a while, and now the 1.5 acre elevated riverfront park looks like it’s getting close to becoming reality, too. The park is elevated because in reality, it is a cap for the...

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Downtown Riverwalk Running Toward Completion
Aug03

Downtown Riverwalk Running Toward Completion

The Chicago Department of Transportation takes a lot of heat for things like potholes and plowing side streets. But when it comes to big infrastructure projects like bridges and bike lanes, it certainly does get shit done. One project that’s coming together much quicker than would seem possible is the new Chicago Riverwalk sections being built along the south side of the river’s main channel. It was less than three years...

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Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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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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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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Status Update: Downtown’s Riverwalk River Theater
Feb25

Status Update: Downtown’s Riverwalk River Theater

If Chicago construction workers are tough enough to work 50 stories up on an unfinished skyscraper in the middle of winter, then working down amid the ice chunks of the Chicago River should be a piece of cake, right? That appears to be the case as crews continue to expand the Chicago Riverwalk along the main branch of the river, in spite of snow, wind, and ice. Our Daniel Schell walked by the construction site between North Clark and...

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