Chicago Riverwalk

The Chicago Riverwalk is a beautiful, well-used path that continues along the south bank of our city’s main branch. The space includes bars and restaurants as well as small parks – it’s an ideal spot for walking or sitting with friends during any season.

The Riverwalk is an extension of Wacker Drive that was constructed in 2001. This allowed for development on the walkway, which has been one component to making Chicago area more environmentally friendly by discouraging traffic from going through downtown areas instead opting for alternate routes such as Lake Michigan when possible or at least taking some time out during their commute so they can enjoy what’s around them.

The oldest part of the Riverwalk, what is now called Market, between Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue, used to be an extension into the lake. There were tour boat docks for visitors as well as concessions on-site with stairs that would take you up close to those who couldn’t afford tickets could still see everything from above ground level. The design plans took time, but once they were finalized, everyone had access via bridges across downtown’s canals which lead directly onto Illinois Street – just waiting patiently until somebody built some stairs down again later.

When the architects at Skidmore Owings Merrill developed this plan for a riverwalk, they wanted it to be more than just an attractive walkway. The four districts include: Confluence, which contains takable items from around towns like pottery or guitar cases; Arcade where you can find clotheslines filled with drying underwear and shirts atop hooks that were once your family’s favorite expression of style (or lack thereof), Civic Center houses city offices including mayor’s office plus police department among other things–market awaits inside. And lastly, there is Market Place, whose bustling marketplace offers food stalls, displays, handmade jewelry alongside antique furniture.

The city has been working on extending the Riverwalk ever since it was first envisioned in 1991. During the reconstruction of East-West Wacker Drive, city officials rerouted traffic so that more people could enjoy this beautiful landmark and scenic trail system along with Chicago’s riverside neighborhoods – especially those near downtown. The new design will now allow for brighter lighting as well as increased safety by providing ample space between each bridge footpath with an average width 20 feet wide under or over water depending upon location within riverfront parkland domains. This project received approval last year following a lengthy reviews process, including multiple hearings throughout Illinois’ capital district, where there are many stakeholders whose opinions must be heard before any decisions arise. 

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