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Chicago to be “Two Waterfront City”


During the second Building on Burnham address, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined the future of Chicago as a “two waterfront city.” Rahm announced that 985 acres of parks have been acquired and 5.5 miles of waterfront access have been developed under the plan. The comprehensive plan to invest in the lakefront, the Chicago River, natural areas and recreational opportunities in neighborhoods across the city will continue, with plans to acquire additional parkland and further develop the waterfront in the coming years.

The Building on Burnham plan includes the construction of a new riverfront trail from Ping Tom Memorial Park to Lake Street, as well as developing the public space as part of the North Branch Framework Plan. 

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