The Next Phase of Chicago's Riverwalk: Fishing and Floating Gardens
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In case you need another reason to visit Chicago — you know, besides the baseball, deep-dish pizza, and amazing architecture — the city is expanding its waterfront area. The city recently unveiled concept plans for six new blocks of its riverwalk, which include cool features like floating gardens, space for recreational activities, and access to many of the Windy City's famous landmarks.
The new plans will compliment the riverwalk’s first phase, completed in 2009. The formidable design team, announced a couple weeks ago, includes Sasaki Associates, Alfred Benesch & Co., Ross Barney Architects, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates. Their concept: to provide the kind of swimmable, fishable setting found in quieter river locales in the heart of a bustling city. Intrigued?
However, funding is not yet in place for the project. According to NBC Chicago:
The Chicago Department of Transportation submitted a letter of interest to the U.S Department of Transportation for project funding through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act. Emanuel said the city also will pursue sponsorship opportunities for maintenance and operations of new facilities.
Next up: Take a seat and enjoy the scenery in The River Theater, which will link the waterfront area to the upper main street side of Wacker Drive. Photo via The Huffington Post
Images: courtesy of Sasaki Associates
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