“A new program on the Chicago Riverwalk could bring up to a dozen new vendors to the bustling promenade next summer, many of them possibly women- and minority-owned businesses.
The city’s goal in this latest chapter of commerce on the river is to increase the diversity of vendors in a way that reflects the flavors and textures of Chicago’s neighborhoods. To accommodate the newcomers, the city is making available three new areas previously unused by vendors that will require a mix of vendor- and city-funded upgrades. The work will be part of the $10 million in riverwalk improvements announced by the city last month. Construction is slated to begin this fall.”