Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, LAM ONLINE, PHOTOGRAPHY, RECREATION, RIVER RESTORATION, WATER, tagged Chicago, Chicago River, Chicago Riverwalk, Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki on March 14, 2017|
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The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.
Photo by Christian Phillips Photography.
From “Walking the Walk” by Jane Margolies in the March 2017 issue, a feature on Chicago’s six-block riverwalk, a decade and a half in the making.
“Down by the river.”
–CHRIS MCGEE, LAM ART DIRECTOR
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BY JANE MARGOLIES
Fifteen years in the making, a new public space reunites Chicago with the river that runs through it.
“Isn’t it hot?” Gina Ford, ASLA, asked excitedly, waving a well-jacketed arm around her on a cold morning this past fall as she, the architect Carol Ross Barney, and Terry Ryan, FASLA, met up at the Chicago Riverwalk to show me around.
Not exactly the word I would have chosen, given the temperature, but, yes, the new promenade they designed along the Chicago River, in the downtown of Illinois’s largest city, most definitely is.
Extending eight blocks along the river’s southern bank at a level below the streetscape, the Riverwalk is part of a 1.25-mile path from Lake Michigan inland that some are calling the city’s “second shoreline” (the lake, which borders Chicago to the east, being the “first,” of course). Each block-long space is bookended by the historic bridge houses that operate the movable spans that cross the waterway. And each has its own distinct riverside character, ranging from the Marina, a hub of food and drink purveyors, to the Jetty, an ecology-themed section that includes floating gardens and fishing piers. A continuous pathway stitches the segments together, weaving around the bridge houses before continuing on. And all of it adds up to a (more…)
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