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Chicago Riverwalk Extension Promises New Spots to Eat

The Marina portion opens on Saturday, features several food vendors.

A rendering of The Marina portion of the Chicago Riverwalk
A rendering of The Marina portion of the Chicago Riverwalk
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Saturday marks the opening of a two-block portion of Chicago's Riverwalk extension, a $100 million project that will finish next year. The overall project also includes many food options along the Chicago River, from State Street to Lake Street.

They're designating each of the six blocks with a theme, and the two blocks that are opening over the weekend are "The Marina" (State Street to Dearborn Street) and "The Cove" (Dearborn to Clark Street). The Marina focuses on "restaurant retail space and public seating." The city has inked several food vendors to six-month contracts along the Riverwalk, according to the Tribune. Those vendors include City Winery, Island Party Hut, Cyrano's Café & Wine Bar and Flander's Belgian Beer & Fries. O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe, which for years has operated under a Chicago Park District contract by the water, is also part of the vendor mix.

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