City’s Riverwalk sees revenue jump in 2019

The Chicago Riverwalk remains open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the winter.

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Two new sections of the downtown Riverwalk opened Saturday, May 23, 2015.

The popular Chicago Riverwalk saw a jump in revenue in 2019, up $2 million from the previous year. | Sun-Times file photo.

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The Chicago Riverwalk, a 1.2-mile downtown promenade, brought in $16.5 million in 2019, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office.

That’s about a $2.2 million increase from 2018, the mayor’s office said. Officials suggested the increase was likely due to the expanded summer concessions, including the new Community Marketplace. About 750,000 people strolled along the Riverwalk.

The last section of the Riverwalk opened in May between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.

“The Chicago Riverwalk is an architectural gem that puts our city’s second waterfront on display for the world and connects residents and visitors alike through open spaces, locally inspired businesses, public artwork, and much more,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

“As we saw in the 2019 season, the Riverwalk continues to draw more people from both our neighborhoods and visitors from around the world. We look forward to setting many more records in the years to come, as Chicago continues to be a top destination for work and travel.”

The riverwalk is expected to remain open dailyfrom 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.during the winter season. Concessions are expected to open in May, weather permitting, city officials said.

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