Emanuel plans to extend Chicago Riverwalk

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has big plans for the walkway along the Chicago River.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Monday announced plans to complete the Chicago Riverwalk so that it will run continuously from the lakefront to the heart of downtown. The city hopes to make the walkway along the river's main branch into a recreational amenity.

Emanuel calls the Chicago River the city's second shoreline. And he says it plays a critical role in Chicago's history and the quality of life for Chicagoans.

Emanuel says he's charged the Chicago Department of Transportation with finding creative ways to finance construction of the last six blocks of the walkway. The department is seeking federal funding.

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