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Chicago Riverwalk's Newly Opened Section Includes Marketplace and 117-foot Art Installation

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The Chicago Riverwalk is officially open for the summer season—all 1.25 miles leading to the lakefront. Last summer, the mayor began improvements on Riverwalk East, between Michigan Avenue and Lakeshore Drive, and now that section is open.

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The latest improvements will bring in a massive art installation by Chicago-based artist Iñigo Manglano Ovalle and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill engineer Bill Baker. A city committee selected Weather Station, a 117-foot group of seven stainless steel poles topped with spinning wind vanes and anemometers. Chicagoans will be able to view the sculpture when it’s completed in fall 2020.

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