The Riverwalk Expansion will have a different theme for each of the six blocks from State St west to Lake St, each with a "distinctive identity and purpose."

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The project has been in progress since 1999, and already has a few completed sections. The sections between each bridge will be separated, but a continuous path will allow for walking the entire length of the main branch of the river.

The design plans include conceptual ideas for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street with distinctive identities and purpose, thematically named: The Marina (from State to Dearborn); The Cove (Dearborn to Clark); The River Theater (Clark to LaSalle); The Swimming Hole (LaSalle to Wells); The Jetty (Wells to Franklin) and The Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake).

The bridges over the river establish a boundary between each block, which allow for each to have a unique identity and landscaping. Each block will be linked by the continuous walkway along the river, beneath each bridge. The design of the blocks has considered the previous feasibility studies and the changing operations of the waterway.