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Walking the Riverwalk: Connecting People to the Chicago River


Visit the Chicago Riverwalk — a great place to enjoy Chicago's magnificent architecture—with the experts who have made it happen! This program is brought to you in partnership between the APA Chicago Metro Section (CMS) and the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA). The first portion of this event will consist an informational presentation at the offices of American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) overlooking the Chicago Riverwalk. From there, attendees will be guided on a walking tour along the Riverwalk where they will experience the public walkways and seating along the water's edge, and enjoy incredible views of the Loop's skyscraper canyon while watching the boats go by.

  • Learn about the history of the site, the projects, reclaiming unused space, and uncover how the Riverwalk came to be a reality.

  • Learn how the city connects with the river as a result of the Riverwalk and understand accessibility challenges and solutions.

  • Understand the design constraints and challenges faced by the team, identify the projects' sustainable and environmental aspects and discover lessons learned from the construction of the built segments.

  • Hear about the Riverwalk’s unusual financing and commercial sources of income.

TOUR LEADERS: Terry Warriner Ryan, FASLA PLA Partner, Jacobs/Ryan Associates, Chicago, Illinois Adam A. White, ASLA PLA Senior Associate, Jacobs/Ryan Associates, Chicago, Illinois Stay tuned for updates, as more speakers involved in the Riverwalk’s development may be announced soon! RSVP: RSVP for the Riverwalk Tour with a Credit Card Online. $15 for regular admission / $5 for students. Hurry, spots are limited! Sorry, due to event logistics, no money will be accepted at the door. NETWORKING: After the Riverwalk tour, ILASLA will be launching its newest series: Ignite! A growth and gathering event presented by Bartlett Tree Experts and Victor Stanley. The free reception and lecture will highlight award winning landscape architect Virginia Burt speaking about healing gardens and high end residential projects. RSVP for the free reception and join us! AICP CM CREDITS: 2.5 Pending LA CES/HSW CREDITS: 2.5 Pending/ Riverwalk + 1.5 Pending/Lecture

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