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Downtown Futures Series


Changes at the Riverwalk: The Evolution of Chicago’s Latest Iconic Public Space

Over the past eight years, the Chicago Riverwalk has transformed into an iconic public space. But the extent of the Riverwalk’s success is above and beyond what was even imagined. Now, it is home to successful, growing businesses. Improvements are underway on its east end to make it accessible and vibrant. And someday in the not so distant future, Chicagoans and visitors alike may be fishing and even swimming in the river. Learn how the Chicago Riverwalk is becoming a major economic driver and the hottest gathering spot in the city.


  • Josh Ellis, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Mark Stern, Founder, Island Party Hut and Tours
  • Michelle Woods, Assistant Project Director, City of Chicago – Department of Fleet and Facility Management

David Broz, Principal, Gensler

The Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
450 Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, IL 60611

Date and Time
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:30-8 a.m.: Registration
8-9:15 a.m.: Panel Discussion

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The global downtown is in a renaissancefrom the sharing economy and future transportation technology to increased professional mobility, collaborative offices and the burgeoning creativeclass. Chicago Loop Alliance’s Downtown Futures Series brings recognized urban thoughtleaders into public dialogues on emerging downtown trends and their impact on Chicago’s Loop. Forums are held three times annually through 2018