Chicago River Boat Tour

Venue: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Floor 2

The redevelopment of the Chicago River Corridor was undertaken with the goals of creating a new greenway through the city’s urban core, maximizing public access to the amenity, restoring natural habitats along the river, and generating compatible economic development. In all regards, the success of this project will define the collective experience of Chicago far into the future. This off-site program overviewed the project from the perspective of the urban planners, designers, and developers spearheading the initiative. Following the presentations, attendees navigated the Chicago River via boat tour, witnessing these developments from the river itself.

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Thursday, 31 October Schedule:

Morning Afternoon Program
8:30 am 1:30 pm* Arrive at 35 E. Wacker & Coffee
8:55 am 1:55 pm Welcome from Program Host
10:15 am
3:15 pm
Presentation Session + Q&A
(see speaker details below)
10:15 am 3:15 pm Travel to boat
10:30 am 3:30 pm Boat Tour on the Chicago River
12:00 pm 5:00 pm Delegates depart

*Note this afternoon program started 30 minutes earlier than the standard to allow more daylight during boat tour.



Program Speakers

Chair: Zurich Esposito
Executive Vice President, Individuals
Cynthia Roubik

Cynthia Roubik

Assistant Commissioner, City of Chicago
“The Chicago River: From Industry and Barges to High-Rises and Kayaks”
Ann Thompson

Ann Thompson

Senior Vice President, Architecture and Design, Related Midwest
“Celebrating the Chicago River Through Urban Placemaking”
Jacques Sandberg

Jacques Sandberg

Vice President, Affordable Housing, Related Midwest
“Celebrating the Chicago River Through Urban Placemaking”

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