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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Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green
Jun17

Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green

  Over the last ten years that this blog has been published, a lot of politicians have made a lot of big promises about the long-proposed, and long-delayed Chicago riverwalk.  Now the city is going to take another step towards completing the project. It was last October when we noted in the Chicago Architecture Forum that the city was seeking federal money to complete the stalled project.  Under Mayor Richard M. Daley, certain...

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Some Day I’ll Walk Along the River
Jun27

Some Day I’ll Walk Along the River

  On July 28, 2009 I posted a brief here lamenting the fact that I hadn’t yet made it down to check out Chicago’s then-new riverwalk underneath the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Guess what?  Two years later, I still haven’t!  Even though I lived just a few blocks away! But at least here’s some updated photographs. The Chicago Riverwalk The Chicago...

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