Revisiting the birth of River North

Five years ago Barry Pearce, who was YoChicago’s editor at the time, sat down with developer Albert Friedman for a fascinating look back at River North – a neighborhood Friedman was instrumental in creating.

Watch our video interview to learn how a dilapidated manufacturing district evolved into a premier urban neighborhood and how restaurateur Gordon Sinclair helped inspire Friedman’s vision for River North as a dining destination.

In Part two of our interview, Friedman talks about key catalysts for transformation; in Part three he discusses River North’s continuing transformation; and in Part four, he talks about future residential development and current trends in the neighborhood.

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