Launched in 2017, the Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab was initiated by the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development in collaboration with the Metropolitan Planning Council. The goal of the initiative is to explore the untapped potential of Chicago’s riverfront.
SOM, alongside eight leading design firms with experience in developing innovative riverfronts, parks, and public spaces, was engaged to provide a vision for a unified aesthetic along Chicago’s riverfront. SOM's vision implements infrastructure focused on ecology, a healthier river, and the creation of a destination for Chicago residents and visitors alike.
In addition to SOM, the following firms are participants in the River Edge Ideas Lab: Adjaye Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Perkins+Will, Ross Barney Architects, SWA, Sasaki, Site Design Group, and Studio Gang.