Chicago Riverwalk Slated for Spring Expansion

An editor in the Chicago area, Jerome Eberle is also an active volunteer in his community. One nonprofit Jerome Eberle supports is Friends of the Chicago River (Friends), an organization working to enhance the Chicago River area as an ecological space and as a center for community revitalization.

Friends recently published a press release to announce that the City of Chicago is searching for concessionaires to open along the Riverwalk and in the area between La Salle and State Street. According to the notice of availability, the city hopes to develop this area and other land into a unified, publicly accessible space supported by diverse retail, recreational, and entertainment enterprises. The city is seeking creative concession concepts that promote use of the Riverwalk and engagement with the Chicago River, such as food-and-beverage boats and educational facilities.

In the Friends press release, the organization also notes that the city wants to establish revenue streams to help pay down a $99 million federal loan and advance the Riverwalk into a “self-sustaining amenity.”

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