The city plans to extend the riverwalk, starting this summer, by adding underbridges west of Michigan Avenue. That means extensions will be built on the south bank so you can walk (or bike?) under the bridges at Michigan and Wabash (that’s the Irv Kupcinet bridge, possibly the only thing on that stretch of Wabash that hasn’t had the Trump name slapped on it).
This will have the effect of narrowing the river by about 20 feet at those points, something that will excite anyone who has watched the Medusa Challenger snake through the place. It’s not called the Medusa Challenger anymore, it’s the St. Marys Challenger. Did you know it’s the oldest ship working the Great Lakes? Me neither, but it was launched in 1906.
Judging from Google Maps’ satellite photos, even a river narrower by 20 feet is still plenty wide enough for a boat that size. Still, it’d be exciting to stand on one of the new underbridges and watch.
To make it a little more exciting, let’s find a corporate sponsor — we love corporate sponsors in Chicago — for each of these underbridges. I know just the one: Target.