June 24, 2015
Mayor's Press Office
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the newly transformed Chicago Riverwalk will feature several special events this week and weekend, June 26 - 28, along the waterfront stretch from LaSalle to Lake Shore Drive. Highlights include yoga, kids' activities, live music, a boat run and bridge lifts, as well as multiple dining opportunities. In addition to the already announced lineup of vendors providing dining, live entertainment, biking, kayaking, cruises, boat rentals and water taxis this summer season, these events are exciting opportunities for residents and visitors to check out Chicago's newest attraction.
"The Riverwalk is becoming a premier amenity for Chicago families and visitors," said Mayor Emanuel. "With this new and exciting programming, the Riverwalk will offer entertainment and opportunities for all to learn, relax, have lunch or dinner, meet new friends and enjoy our great city from the Chicago River."
The following schedule of events is set to begin tomorrow, June 24.
Schedule of Upcoming Events
Wednesday, June 24
Thursday June 25
Friday, June 26
Saturday, June 27 - Family Day!
Sunday, June 28
In addition, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will offer weekly music series and programming, which will take place throughout the summer.
Located along the main branch of the Chicago River, the Chicago Riverwalk is being constructed as a continuous walkway and recreational amenity connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown.
As part of the Mayor's efforts to transform the river into a recreational frontier, phase two of the Chicago Riverwalk opened on Memorial Day Weekend. The newest section connects to the existing Riverwalk east of State Street to Lake Shore Drive. The three new sections are thematically named: The Marina (from State to Dearborn) featuring restaurants and area for boats to dock; The Cove (Dearborn to Clark) offering rentals and other amenities for kayakers; and the River Theater (Clark to LaSalle) connecting Upper Wacker to the River through a series of steps and a ramp designed to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.
The final phase of the Riverwalk will begin this summer extending the Riverwalk to Lake Street, with the following three themed sections: The Water Plaza (LaSalle to Wells); The Jetty (Wells to Franklin) and The Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake).
The six new sections of the Chicago Riverwalk are financed through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) program.
Mayor Emanuel's goal of making the Chicago River the city's next recreational frontier launched in 2011 with the construction of three new boathouses in neighborhoods throughout the city, as well as a fourth in the Bridgeport neighborhood that is set to be completed by 2016. The city's commitment to investing in increased recreational usage of the river ways is also evident in the recent expansion of Ping Tom Memorial Park that opened along the Chicago River, north of 18th Street at the edge of the Chinatown and South Loop neighborhoods. The park reflects the City's pledge to river development with a $6 million investment in new parkland, Riverwalk, native plantings, topography, new vistas, boat landings and a "disappearing" staircase into the water.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has been working on the Chicago Riverwalk since East-West Wacker Drive reconstruction began in the 1990s. The roadway was reconfigured to accommodate the expansion of the Riverwalk to promote a pedestrian walkway and activate the space as a public amenity. The East-West Wacker Project included utility build-outs for the future Riverwalk build-out for the entire length from Michigan to Lake Street. For more information on the Chicago Riverwalk, please visit www.chicagoriverwalk.us.