Scott Waguespack

Group envisions 24-acre riverfront park as North Side prepares for flood of towers

Group envisions 24-acre riverfront park as North Side prepares for flood of towers

An anticipated burst of real estate development along the Chicago River also will include a 24-acre public park, if a coalition including two North Side aldermen gets its way.

The group, called the North Branch Park Preserve, is pushing to have Mayor Rahm Emanuel back its effort to create the park on mostly industrial land along the east side of the river between North Avenue and Cortland Street.

The group, including Aldermen Michele Smith, 43rd, and Scott Waguespack, 32nd, on Wednesday described its efforts to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.

North Branch Park Preserve, which also includes architects and several neighborhood and conservation groups, told the...

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