Positive press keeps coming in for the recently opened Chicago Riverwalk. A recent review by Mary Schmich for the Chicago Tribune praises the project for the feeling of community and safety that the space imbues, suggesting that the "Riverwalk lets us do what those legendary explorers LaSalle and Marquette and DuSable did back when this was the land of wild onions. It lets us discover the river." Her review came one week after award-winning architectural critic Blair Kamin's review appeared in the Tribune. Schmich's review also counters critics who see the project as a case of misdirected attention in a city facing other problems. She paints the Riverwalk as part of the heart in her analogy: "as a body dies when its heart stops, a city fails when its heart fails. Downtown is the city's heart. Keeping it healthy is good for everyone."
In a radio interview, a veteran Chicago tour guide gives her take on the how the Riverwalk has transformed the feel of downtown Chicago. After remembering the previous conditions, she says "I walked from Clark Street almost all the way to Navy Pier all along the river, which is unheard of in this town. We just don't hang out down by the river! And now we do! How cool is that?"
See below for other recent press:
Sasaki Principal Gina Ford discusses the opportunities and challenges of designing the Riverwalk in this interview with Newcity.
Here's a review of City Winery, which is located on the Marina Plaza, and offers great views and great wine.
Chicago Magazine examines the resilient design of the Riverwalk in response to a recent flood.
The Main Branch of the Chicago River has a long and storied history that in many ways mirrors the development of Chicago itself. Once a meandering marshy stream, the river first became an engineered...