04/12/2013 11:21 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2013

City Debuts Congress Parkway Streetscape Lighting

As a light mist fell Thursday evening outside the Harold Washington Library, two young girls helped Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein flip the switch to light the Congress Parkway Streetscape for the very first time.

Emanuel plucked 7-year-olds Kalaya Sriver and Seda Curvey from the crowd to help make the metal trellises and glass pillars stretching down Congress begin to glow brightly in an array of purples, blues, reds and greens.

About 200 people assembled for the ceremony, which officially marked the completion of the two-year, $24 million roadway improvement project.

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