Recent Streetsblog CHICAGO posts about placemaking

16 Placemaking Events Going on All Around the City This Weekend

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further. Below you’ll find a handy chart of all the fantastic community-building events going on from today through Sunday as part of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Old Place, New Tricks placemaking competition. The contest inspired residents to energize under-used public spaces like vacant lots, plazas […]

Lakeview SSA Readies Placemaking Plan For Lincoln Avenue

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Lisa Santos hopes that a new Lincoln Avenue Placemaking Plan will “slow down traffic – people, too – on Lincoln Avenue, so they can see our independent businesses.” Santos owns Southport Grocery and also chairs the West Lakeview Special Service Area #27, one of Chicago’s 44 business improvement districts. The SSA and the Lakeview Chamber of […]

“Old Place New Tricks” Contest Pushes Neighborhood Placemaking

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A video promoting the contest, featuring MPC’s Kara Riggio. The Metropolitan Planning Council has been holding placemaking contests since 2008, but this year they’re going to actually train community members in strategies to enliven underused lots, plazas and corners in their neighborhoods. The Old Place New Tricks Challenge will also reward the most successful placemakers with […]

A Blank Slate: Wells St. Extension Can Embody CDOT’s New Values

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The Chicago Department of Transportation has a rare clean-slate opportunity to design a Street of Dreams — a street that incorporates many leading-edge safety features. That opportunity is phase three of their Wells-Wentworth Connector between Chinatown and the South Loop, a future southward extension of Wells Street that longtime South Loop resident Dennis McClendon calls “Riverside Boulevard.” […]

Summertime Means Seating, Parties in Loop’s Public Spaces

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The Chicago Loop Alliance, one of downtown’s chambers of commerce, has announced details about its ambitious slate of summer placemaking campaigns. These include monthly “Activate” arts events held in alleys, the Gateway People Plaza on State Street, new amenities for Pritzker Park, and pop-up lunchtime seating throughout downtown. CLA expects to spend $135,000 on placemaking […]