Chicago Riverwalk expansion plan steaming ahead

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Mayor Emanuel’s plan to expand Chicago’s Riverwalk appears to moving forward.

Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood announced a $100 million federal loan for the project.

The south bank of the riverwalk will be extended to run six blocks from State Street to Lake Street.

The extension will include a splash fountain for children, kayak rentals, floating gardens and a learning center about the river’s ecology.

The city will repay the loan with higher boat docking fees, advertising and business leases.

Construction is expected to begin next year.

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  • Joymar

    And yet we do not have money to take care of the hungry and homeless! Mayor Emanual, I have supported you, but I question your judgment on this!

  • Neil Scott

    This complete tool of a mayor whom the dummycrats voted in…. Now you dislike him? Too late, he's driving good people out of this city, he's the devil

  • Larry

    OK, so does anybody actually read the article b4 running off at the mouth? The funding for this project is coming from a loan from the FED Dept. of Transportation to be repaid from boat docking fees, advertising and business leases. But here's the thing: This city has to stay attractive so that people like coming here and living here.If this city ever become someplace where the only people living here are people that have to live here…well we know what that looks like….It's Detroit.

    I questioned Daley putting all those planters on downtown streets, but it turns out that visitors (like friends of mine) like that crap. And it makes them come visit the city and spend lots of money here. I don't know anybody that goes to visit Detroit. And now that place is a zombie city, with no mayor and an appointed receiver. I don't really understand all the griping. Well actually I do. It's largely frustration with the fact that we have more needs than means to pay for it, and we are largely ignorant of the investment needed to keep this city from becoming Detroit.