Working in collaboration with the Metropolitan Planning Council, Ross Barney Architects served as the Architecture and Urban Design Consultant for the vision plan.
Great Rivers Chicago is a vision to unlock the potential of the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines Rivers and riverfronts. The entire river system has steadily gained a vocal collective of advocates, all looking to reconnect the daily experience of the City with the dynamic and changing life of the River. With over 150 miles of riverfront and 70+ species of fish, the river is an evolving ecosystem of inestimable natural value.
Great Rivers Chicago embarked on a robust public outreach campaign to engage local communities in the evolving conversation of planning and investment along Chicago’s waterways. After scouring countless riverfront plans and reports, the Metropolitan Planning Council and Ross Barney Architects hosted nearly 100 outreach meetings, collected more than 5,500 responses from Chicagoan’s, and organized 5 community charrettes.
System wide in its scope and recommendations, Great Rivers Chicago is the start of an evolving perception and deep appreciation of Chicago’s second shoreline.