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Chicago Riverwalk Open For The Season, Adds 9 Vendors Selling Tacos, Pies, Soul Food And More

The eastern part of the Riverwalk got a big renovation.

The Riverwalk.
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DOWNTOWN — The Riverwalk’s latest expansion is finished, and with it is coming a Community Marketplace.

The marketplace, which will open in June, features nine vendors serving food like pies, ice cream, pizza and tacos, as well as vendors offering locally crafted goods. They’ll be set up in kiosks on the riverwalk between Michigan and Wabash avenues, according to a Mayor’s Office news release.

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A rendering of the new Community Marketplace on the Riverwalk, between Michigan and Wabash.

Here’s the marketplace’s lineup:

  • Beat Kitchen will serve food and drinks, including tacos, pizzas and salads. It will have vegan options.
  • Batter and Berries will have soul food.
  • Chiya Chia will feature a menu of chias and curry pies.
  • Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream will have ice cream bars.
  • Justice of the Pies will serve quiches and pies.
  • Luxury Cake will offer desserts.
  • Neighborly will have goods from local artists.
  • Shop Small Chicago will also have goods from Chicago artists.
  • Twisted Eggroll will serve new twists on eggrolls.
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Justice of the Pies will be one of nine vendors selling food and goods at the Riverwalk’s new Community Marketplace this summer.

The marketplace will be one of the latest additions to the 1.25-mile Riverwalk, which celebrated the completion of $12 million in renovations to its east branch this weekend. An opening celebration continued Monday. Riverwalk East goes between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.

The renovated Riverwalk East now features 10,000 square feet of “play” space with three public bathrooms, 150 new trees, new lights and more seating, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The eastern portion of the Riverwalk will also feature a new piece of art: Weather Station, a series of stainless steel towers with different heights that are topped with wind vanes and anemometers. The art piece is expected to be finished in fall 2020.

A submarine memorial along Riverwalk East will be dedicated on Saturday, as well.