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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Another Construction Barge Sinks in the Chicago River
Oct17

Another Construction Barge Sinks in the Chicago River

For the second time in four months, a construction barge has gone to the bottom of the Chicago River. This latest incident happened next to the construction site for 150 North Riverside, the 53-story office building going up on the west side of the river’s downtown confluence. Loop Spy John alerted us to the incident as it happened and sent in the photo above, complete with bubbles escaping from what appears to be a buckled...

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City Hopes the New Chicago Riverwalk Won’t be Boring
Sep12

City Hopes the New Chicago Riverwalk Won’t be Boring

There are two things that Hollywood has taught us about urban planning.  First, don’t locate a major Asian city near an ancient hibernating dinosaur chamber; and second, “if you build it, they will come.” The problem with the second part, is that when “they” come, they may get bored and leave.  That’s why the city of Chicago is soliciting proposals for ways to “activate” the new sections...

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Status Update: A River Runs Next To It
Jul23

Status Update: A River Runs Next To It

Construction crews continue their work along the Chicago River turning a bunch of colored pencil sketches into the city’s newest tourist attraction and public amenity.  There have been dozens of plans floated (ha!) for turning the river’s edge into something more over the decades, but this is the first one in a long time that’s actually being built. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this panorama of the work being done just...

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Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction
May20

Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction

It’s a busy week for the Chicago Riverwalk project. Loop North News reports that caisson work is underway on the project that will transform the south side of the Chicago River into a public play space. It also quotes CDOT construction manager Oswaldo Chavez as saying that all of the sheet pilings that will anchor the riverwalk to the river bed between State and LaSalle Streets will be installed this week. These photos showing...

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