River Park at THE MART is a true work of art and great addition to the beautiful Chicago riverfront. Phase 1 included 100 steel planters weighing approximately 600 tons, which were fabricated locally in Chicago. The Ipe wood decking material is from South America and the Streetlife Cumaru Seating is designed in Sweden, manufactured in New Hampshire and 100% FSC-certified. The Park is equipped with a 360-degree speaker system, synthetic turf areas and various types of seating areas. Large cantilever umbrellas cover the tables to protect guests from both sun and rain. Two large kiosk systems remain fully functional regardless of weather conditions. The landscape includes a fully automated irrigation system. Phase 2 included structural repairs to the existing vestibule area (requiring removal and replacement of deteriorating concrete and structural steel). Also added were 5,500-SF of Cold Spring granite pavers, new concrete and curb gutters and 22 new steel planters and included modifications to existing wood decking and landscaping.
Phase 1 video below: