I recently spent some time along the south branch of the riverwalk or the riverline development to photograph the signage for Forcade Associates (more to come from that soon). Between shots for them and while waiting for the light to change, I photographed this new area along the river. Phase one has recently been completed and includes a riverwalk that connects Harrison street to the new tower at 720 S Wells (The Cooper). Starting at Harrison Street…
As you turn the corner there’s an area with benches, one of which lights up at night.
And looking back towards Harrison, this great mural by Pilsen native, Ruben Aguirre.
Heading south along the riverwalk there are a lot of great plants, trees and flowers. As well as many species-specific birdhouses designed by 3rd year UIC design students in collaboration with landscape architect Ted Wolff.
The bridge along here is beautiful in the evening as well.
About halfway through take a look back for great views of the city.
The south end of the riverwalk, at least so far, has this great amphitheater lined with reclaimed limestone blocks that once formed the foundation of Chicago’s former Grand Central Station.
A beautiful view both day and night.
As you head back north there’s a ramp that leads up to a lawn for residents of The Cooper building at 720 S Wells.
One final look back at toward the river and the city from the Wells Street entrance.
As mentioned, this is just phase one of the project. Additional condos and apartments will be built along this area with the riverwalk eventually connecting to Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. I look forward to seeing how this progresses as it’s pretty amazing already!