April 9, 2019
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and REI Co-op recently opened a new two-story store on the banks of Chicago River’s North Branch. The 40,000-square-foot retail space will connect residents to the river, offering kayak and paddleboard rentals with direct access to the Chicago River.
“By investing in Chicago’s riverfront, we have transformed it into the city’s next recreational frontier and companies like REI are taking notice,” said Emanuel.
REI Co-op is located along the North Branch Canal, which will soon include habitat improvements, pedestrian walkways, fishing stations, vegetative islands, viewing platforms, canoe launches and other amenities.
This location will be REI Co-op’s second waterfront space along the Chicago River, joining the REI Boathouse in Ping Tom Park on the river’s South Branch.
“With access to the Chicago River, it’s a place where people can gather and enjoy the outdoors, directly from the store,” said Mike Daurio, REI Lincoln Park store manager.
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