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Build a Merchandise Mart Riverwalk

Chicago, IL
Build a Merchandise Mart Riverwalk

Given the current construction of Phase 3, the last of the planned riverwalk expansions on the southern edge of the central branch, let's start thinking about the possibilities on the north side. Although there are several riverwalk segments for individual buildings, some are private and none represent a unified design treatment. The Merchandise Mart, with a drive in front, represents a high-profile opportunity to initiate a celebrated public riverwalk on the northern edge of the central branch that sets the tone throughout.

Zach Borders Oak Park, IL

Yesterday's announcement regarding an art installation using projected light on the river-facing facade of the Merchandise Mart underscores the need to develop a public riverwalk on this side of the central branch of the Chicago River.
Chicago Tribune - Light projection project planned for Merchandise Mart (March 12, 2017): "Publicizing the privately funded plan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the project reflects the city's commitments to investing more in public art and increasing access to the recently extended 1.25-mile Riverwalk. "The redevelopment of Chicago's riverfront is vital to our ongoing efforts to attract 55 million visitors annually to the City of Chicago by 2020, creating new jobs and injecting millions of dollars into our local economy," Emanuel said in a news release."