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River Lab Lives On

The Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab is extending its run, showing a selection of concepts from the original exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Foundation through June 30, 2018

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Visitors enjoyed the Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab at Expo 72

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Thank you for making Chicago’s River Edge Ideas Lab a success! The River Lab, which opened in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial in September 2017, engaged tens of thousands of people throughout its run.

More than 11,500 people visited the main River Lab exhibit in Expo 72. Nearly 300 attendees came to the Gallery Talks and panel and 500+ people gave feedback through the online survey and vision cards with their ideas for the river. Over 6,700 people visited the website. We estimate that 24,000 people have passed by the traveling exhibit’s 8 locations.

The exhibit received positive press, even being named one of the Top 10 things to see at the Biennial!

Due to the overwhelmingly positive reception of the River Lab, the exhibit will be returning for an encore presentation! A modified version of the exhibit featuring a selection of concepts from the original River Edge Ideas Lab will open at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall (224 S. Michigan Ave.) on Monday, March 26, where it will enjoy an extended run through June 30, 2018! The Chicago Architecture Foundation will also showcase concepts for its new riverfront location on Michigan Ave. & Wacker.

MPC and DPD have analyzed the public feedback, and are happy to share our summary video, which shows the major themes from the surveys and vision cards. The Department of Planning and Development will be using the public feedback – your input – to influence the City’s new riverfront development guidelines, which will be updated this year.

Thank you for visiting the River Lab and telling us what you want to see. We hope that the new version of the exhibit at the CAF will continue to inspire you to dream big about our city’s riverfront!

The River Edge Ideas Lab is an initiative of and curated by the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development in collaboration with the Metropolitan Planning Council and generously funded by the Driehaus Foundation, Comcast, Related Midwest, and The 601 W Companies.


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