Despite a smattering of gray skies, Chicago inaugurated another stretch of its revamped riverwalk this Memorial Day weekend, and visitors were eager to explore the newly expanded public space.
Kayakers, pedestrians, locals and tourists alike came to check out the partially opened project, which will remain under construction through the summer.
Along with Ross Barney Architects, Benesch, and Jacobs Ryan and the Chicago Department of Transportation, Sasaki Associates led design on the project—a major component of Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s bid to rebrand the Chicago River as the city’s “second shoreline.” Work began in 2013, and many of the storefronts built along the riverwalk’s newest section—from State Street to Clark Street—still await tenants. Construction work continued right up until opening day.
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