Emanuel unveils big plans coming to Chicago’s Riverfront

CHICAGO -- Big changes are coming to Chicago's Riverfront.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel envisions Chicago as a two waterfront city.  Today he unveiled plans to expand public access to the Chicago River.

The Mayor outlined those plans this morning in his second Building on Burnham address, held at the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, 5336 South State Street.

The plans include improvements to the downtown Riverwalk, creating a pool and event space at the 31st Street Beach, and adding nature trails, play areas, a boardwalk and plaza to the east bank of the Chicago River to the 606 Trail.

Mayor Emanuel also wants to build a new trail from Chinatown to the west end of the Riverwalk.

The goal is to double the amount of publicly-accessible open space in the city.

More info at Building on Burnham.