July Neighbors’ Night Out Summary – Riverfront bars and open space wanted

July’s Neighbors’ Night Out at Flo and Santo’s focused on riverfront development from Harrison Ave south to Ping Tom Park. This stretch is slated to be redeveloped in the coming years, with groundbreaking at the Riverline development expected this fall. The 30ish South Loop residents in attendance were joined by members of the Riverline team of CMK, Lend Lease, and Perkins & Will.

A questionnaire was distributed inquiring about top priorities for riverfront development. Here are the responses, sorted by frequency.

Number of mentions General comment
6 Public green space
6 Bars/Restaurants/Social space
4 Variety of housing types and sizes
4 Riverfront path
4 Racial/economic integration, affordable housing
4 Small/neighborhood business
3 Variety and diversity of recreational activities
3 Traffic relief for exisiting neighborhood
2 Dog park or dog beach
2 Wider sidewalks and bike lanes
2 Minimize environmental impact of construction
1 Bridge over river
1 Community space
1 ADA-compliant facilities
1 Good lighting
1 Public schools
1 River access
1 Architectural consistency
1 Family focused
1 Community gardens
1 Outdoor public pool