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Bright idea: The Mayor's plan to make Chicago America's Paris

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Mayor Emanuel has launched an international design competition to find a team to deliver on his promise to transform Chicago into “North America’s city of lights."

The plan is the latest idea from the city to boost tourism in the city.

"If you light up the Riverwalk, they will come," That's what Mayor Emanuel has planned for the city of Chicago, and he is asking for a little creative touch from the public.

The mayor has reportedly put together an international team of architects and artists who are trying to come up with ways to make the city "more pleasing" by adding lights along the Riverwalk.

By July 7, teams of artists, building and landscape architects, engineers, urban and graphic designers must envision ways to spotlight five Chicago signatures: the Chicago River, iconic buildings, 180 bridges, a CTA L system that's one of the most "physically striking" in the world and Lower Wacker Drive.

Mayor Emanuel estimates the lights would attract an additional 50 to 55 million tourists every year. In a city where we already have Navy Pier and Millennium Park, the lights would give tourists a reason to stay for days, not just hours.

But not everyone is wild about the idea. Some Chicago residents are worries about the energy cost. Alderman Bob Fioretti said Emanuel's priorities are wrong.

"At a time when we are laying off teachers and closing schools, we are not investing in our neighborhoods. This type of action is irresponsible and misplaced in terms of what we are doing with our priorities.

Fioretti said there are other ways to make Chicago a better place to live.

"We can invest in our neighborhoods. That's what I think we should be concentrating on at this time," he said.

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