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financed by loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the money to be paid back (from where has yet to be determined) over 30 years. A collaboration between CDOT, Ross Barney Architects, and Sasaki Associates, each block of the riverwalk has its own design scheme. The block between Clark and LaSalle was called The Theater. Chicago Department of Transportation Manager has described it “as kind of Chicago's Spanish Steps, if you will. We'll have this great big grand stairwell that comes down to the river, and then gently cutting throughout the stairways is a nice ramp so if you have a wheelchair, or if you have a child in the stroller, you'll be able to come from up to down.”
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Read More about the new Chicago Riverwalk:
Introduction and Block One: The Marina
Opera on the River? (or Maybe just some jazz)
Conclusion: Swimming Holes and Wolf Calls