Riverwalk still up for two design awards.
Opening day celebrations will include music, art, and puppets.
30-Apr-17 As the City of Chicago makes a short list of prospective Riverwalk vendors for new or otherwise unused spaces, the alderman of the ward through which the Riverwalk flows says they are trying to nail down some design aesthetic guidelines along the 1.25 miles from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street.
42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly called the current designs by vendors of their spaces ad hoc and a god-awful looking patchwork of aesthetic but says it will get better as vendors are encouraged to make permanent improvements to the Riverwalk.
Space east of Urban Kayaks and Island Party Hut and as far west as Franklin Street could soon house more restaurants or other amenities, says Reilly. 22 businesses, including three pizza restaurants, responded to a request for proposals, due March 9, for operation of concessions on the Chicago Riverwalk. The list includes current vendors such as Chicagos First Lady Cruises, City Winery, Downtown Docks, Island Party Hut, Lillies Park Grill & Café, OBriens Riverwalk Café, Tiny Hatt, Urban Kayaks, and Wendella Boats.
Vendors that would be new to the Riverwalk include BBQ Pontoon, a Chicago business that rents pontoon boats with food options like pizza and burgers, Chicago Zen, Cork & Kerry (an Irish pub), Dolce Vita Pizza, Kayak Chicago, Mista Pizza, Reality Bytes, Seadog Ventures, Shoreline Sightseeing, Slice Factory (pizza restaurant), The Northman (bar), VHG, and Wingstop, a restaurant that specializes in chicken wings.
One design award won, two to go for Riverwalk
Along with the Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Riverwalk won an Architizer A+ Award this month, the largest awards program focused on the years best architecture, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Chicago Riverwalk has redefined how people interact with the Chicago River, creating stunning new spaces that feature a variety of opportunities for recreation, education, and entertainment, said Emanuel on April 14. The Architizer A+ Awards recognizes what Chicagoans already know that these important urban investments are quickly becoming some of the citys architectural gems.
The Riverwalk is up for two more awards. The engineering firm Alfred Benesch & Company is a finalist for an Excellence in Structural Engineering award for the Riverwalk from Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. Among the competition is River Point, the Riverwalks 52-story neighbor on the Chicago River, Union Station Transit Center, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, JTI Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and Hanking Center Tower, a 73-story building in China.
The Riverwalk is also a finalist for a Rudy Bruner Award. Named for the founder of The Bruner Foundation, a nonprofit organization located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the national design award recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to Americas cities, according to the foundations website.
A committee of design and development professionals will select winners in June after reading award applications, visiting each site, and interviewing project participants. The winner gets a gold medal and $50,000. Four second-place winners will each get $10,000.[NETWORK AD]