REI Co-op will open its new location along the banks of the Chicago River on April 5. REI Lincoln Park was previously located at 1446 North Halsted Street, but has moved to a new 40,000 square-foot space on West Eastman Street.

Now, REI Lincoln Park will offer kayak and paddleboard rentals with direct access to the Chicago River and expanded assortments of quality outdoor gear. In addition, REI Lincoln Park will continue to offer a full-service bike, ski and snowboard shop and outdoor programs and events in its new location.

“Our new store location on the banks of the Chicago River is one of REI’s most exciting locations. While our new store is larger and offers a wider selection of gear for hiking, biking and camping, it is so much more than a place to shop,” said Mike Daurio, REI Lincoln Park store manager. “With access to the Chicago River, it’s a place where people can gather and enjoy the outdoors, directly from the store.”

After years of closure, West Eastman Street has been improved and reopened for public use. The new store location is within a planned “wild mile” along the North Branch Canal that, when complete, will include habitat improvements, pedestrian walkways, fishing stations, vegetative islands, viewing platforms, canoe launches and other amenities that cater to the public and wildlife.

REI Lincoln Park is hosting a grand opening event with free public activities and giveaways April 5-7.