Take Me to the River: Building Chicago's New Waterfront

Beautiful: Skyscrapers as well as industrial and transportation landmarks line the Chicago River. Photo: Tom Drebenstedt
Livable: Filter Island, a scheme by design firm UrbanLab, proposes redirecting the Chicago River’s north branch to flow into Lake Michigan.  Photo: UrbanLab
Fun: The proposed River Theater section of the Chicago Riverwalk. Photo: Sasaki Associates and Ross Barney Architects
Public: A reinvented riverfront is a heart of the master plan for Pilsen, which design firm UrbanWorks developed. Photo: UrbanWorks
Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)
Exhibition Dates: 
Jun. 07, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013
Take Me to the River: Building Chicago's New Waterfront investigates Chicagoans’ vision for the future of the Chicago River as the heart of a beautiful and livable city.
Dip into designers’ ideas for reinventing the river and its connection to the neighborhoods through which it flows. Explore two soon-to-be-completed boathouses. Get a sneak peak of the next six sections of the Chicago Riverwalk. Discover far-reaching ideas that would transform the Chicago River’s role as drainage canal. Take in the iconic architecture—from glassy high rises to railroad bridges—that defines the riverfront.
The Chicago River: it’s an industrial highway, the city’s storm drain, and a leisure landscape. Can these realities continue to co-exist? The exhibition is organized in four themes:
  • Beautiful highlights river views.
  • Livable investigates the river as stormwater pipe.
  • Fun delves into recreation on the river.
  • Public explores the riverfront as parkland.
Take Me to the River is open now in CAF’s Lecture Hall Gallery and will close in December, 2013.


Lecture Hall Gallery
224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago,  Illinois  60604
United States
Posted by aao on July 10, 2013 - 2:55pm