The Chicago River Design Guidelines outline the expectations for development along the Chicago River and its branches within the city limits. Appropriately developed, the river corridor will provide additional open space and recreational opportunities, increase property values, promote economic vitality, increase environmental awareness, and enhance Chicago’s attractiveness as a tourist destination. The guidelines encourage all new developments to embrace the river and activate the frontage along the river. A menu of improvements is structured within three over-arching categories: nature, recreation, and connectivity.
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