Just north of the River, and east of the North Branch of the Chicago River, west of the Gold Coast/Streeterville and south of Old Town lies River North. An energetic neighborhood with galleries, the Mart, Trump Tower, boutique hotels, classic steakhouses as well as a tasty collection of dining cuisines to choose from.
The cornerstone of the neighborhood, of course, is the Chicago River and the North Branch. An active and working river, with barges and boats, water taxis and tours, kayaking and what will be the next biggest park improvement after Millenium Park which is now celebrating 10 years. Our river, especially between the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Wolf Point boast a wonderful array of architecture. The Chicago River Walk, anticipated to open summer 2016, will revitalize the land and create another public park. The design plans include conceptual ideas for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street with distinctive identities and purpose, each with its own theme: The Marina (from State to Dearborn); The Cove (Dearborn to Clark); The River Theater (Clark to LaSalle); The Swimming Hole (LaSalle to Wells); The Jetty (Wells to Franklin) and The Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake). Gina Ford in a Chicago Magazine interview by Whet Moser called this new space “River Theater”. I can’t wait to walk it!