May 16, 2019

Epstein was proud to once again co-sponsor this years Metropolitan Planning Councils (MPC) River Cruise, which headed up the North Branch of the Chicago River to Goose Island.

Members of the MPC, community organizations, engineering firms like Epstein, and contractors were able to learn about current and future projects taking place along this crucial stretch of riverfront. Along the way, attendees also received a one-of-a-kind tour narrated by the people who are currently turning riverfront dreams into reality.

In addition to helping sponsor the tour, Epstein was well represented. Greg Osborne, PE, LEED AP, our Vice President and Director of Civil Engineering, Tim Gustafson, AICP, our Senior Planner, and Kelsey Wuthrich, EIT, our Senior Design Engineer, attended the event.

Epstein has a long-standing connection and interest in the health and sustainability of the Chicago River. Weve been the engineer on multiple new award-winning river-friendly developments, including:

  • 300 N. LaSalle, a 60-story office high-rise
  • Wolf Point West, a 48-story residential apartment tower
  • River Point, a 52-story, 1,050,000-square-foot office building
  • 150 N. Riverside, a 54-story commercial high-rise building

Furthermore, the Epstein-designed and engineered Riverview Bridge, a 1,000-foot pedestrian bridge, will span the Chicago River just north of Addison and seamlessly connect two public parks. It is currently under construction.

We greatly respect and support the ongoing work that MPC and its partners do to bring attention to the Chicago River's ecology and economy, said Tim. The River Cruise was an excellent way to showcase all of the partnerships that are forming to improve stewardship on the river, and were happy to support and attend the event.

For more than 80 years, the MPC has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and government to address the areas toughest planning and development challenges. They work to solve todays urgent problems while consistently thinking ahead to prepare the region for the needs to tomorrow.