Completing the Chicago Riverwalk
Sure, City Hall has long paid too much attention to the gleaming Loop and too little to struggling neighborhoods. But this proposal, estimated at a $90-$100 million buildout, would be bankrolled by federal transportation dollars and private donations, not city money, so it’s a case of apples-to-oranges. Our river has been tragically abused and neglected over the years. And with sections like the Cove, the RiverTheater and the Swimming Hole, accommodating waterfront cafes, kayak rental, a play fountain, fishing piers, floating gardens and more, the Riverwalk should be pretty frickin’ cool. Anyway there’s no use complaining, because when Rahm sets his mind on a marquee project he usually gets it.
Best of Chicago 2012