East End Of Chicago Riverwalk To Receive Facelift, Mayor Unveils Plans

Nancy Harty
August 06, 2018 - 7:33 am

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Emanuel has unveiled plans to upgrade the east section of the Chicago Riverwalk.

Standing on the riverwalk next to the Vietnam Memorial as kayakers and tour boats went by, the Mayor outlined Sunday his $10 million worth of upgrades for the space between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.

"You'll have a park down here, you'll have restaurants, you'll have bars down here, but most importantly the Second City will now be known as having a second waterfront," he said. 

Improved landscaping, more seating, public art and a children's play place are also under the proposal.

"It's almost like a before and after picture. This is known as the riverwalk and making the improvements to bring the public throughout the whole mile and a quarter is just part of it," Emanuel said.

Businesses such as Chicago's First Lady Cruises will be making improvements to their sections of the riverwalk, as well.

CEO and President Holly Agra said "we understand the riverwalk is one of the city's greatest assets and our family will continue to invest in keeping our sector fresh and updated."

Redeveloping the older portions will complete work on the one and a quarter mile walkway that began back in 2011.