“Please enjoy our plaza,” read the signs near the entrance and exit points at Trump‘s new riverwalk. It’s not something many Chicagoans were heeding during today’s sunny and warm lunch hour. Joe Zekas and I have seen the Trump riverwalk from afar but until this afternoon hadn’t seen it up close. I think we both found its winding walkways tedious to navigate — visitors wind their way back and forth down terrace after terrace instead of being able to walk straight down from the older, higher plaza to the newer one below — and its landscaping a visual barrier to passersby who may not know about all the new space that has opened up.
It has potential, but judging from the sparse crowd enjoying it during its lunch break, it’s going to take time to become a popular midday destination.