PULSE seeks to build on Chicago’s diverse character by creating active spaces that attract all Chicagoans and bring new life to the riverfront.
PULSE creates a dynamic and energetic river edge that enhances the city’s sense of self through multipurpose networks and dedicated spaces to play, explore, and move.
PULSE reinvigorates the city in fluidity, reviving a river forgotten, and defibrillating a heart that needs new life.
The interconnected, sweeping forms that serve as the framework of PULSE – in vertical and horizontal planes – represent synthesis, balance, and rhythm. Three primary conduits create the skeleton; the Speed Trail serves as a high-paced, adrenaline-inducing path for bikers, runners, and other fast-moving human-powered movements; the Adventure Trail is a dynamic, interactive path that encourages activity through engagement and play; and the Leisure Trail is a laid-back path for walkers, observers, and amblers. These trails not only provide access to and through the three sites, but act as the circulatory system of the city, a medium for restoring and sustaining Chicago’s heartbeat.