• SSA 21 Lincoln Square Master Plan
  • What is the Master Plan? The Lincoln Square Master Plan is a guiding document that our Neighborhood Improvement Program and Chamber of Commerce will look to over the next 5-10 years to make strategic decisions on where to spend funds and how to make improvements - big and small - in the Lincoln Square Special Service Area. The nearly 12-month planning process brought together residents, business owners, city stakeholders, and many others to discuss how they envision the neighborhood developing in the near future. The plan was officially adopted by the Neighborhood Improvement Program in 2019.
     

  • What happened after the plan was adopted? The Lincoln Square Neighborhood Improvement Program continued to work with Teska Associates in 2020 on achieving the goals set forth in the Master Plan. Based on the conceptual design recommendations, the next step of the project was to delve further into the urban design and public place-making opportunities along North Lincoln Avenue, between Foster and Lawrence Avenues.

    Through a partnership with 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez, the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD), and Department of Transportation (CDOT), Lincoln Square had the opportunity to transform a section of underutilized roadway into a vibrant people space. The new Ainslie Arts Plaza was developed through CDOT's Make Way for People Program, and your help, and will now give us the ability to test an array of initiatives to activate growth in the northern section of Lincoln Square.
     

  • What happened in 2021? At the start of the year a couple of finishing touches took place over at the Ainslie Arts Plaza - including artistic branding, installation of overhead lighting, and landscaping. Once completed, attention moved south a few blocks to the plaza and area surrounding the CTA Western Brown Line Station.

    Based on the conceptual design recommendations in the original Master Plan, the purpose of the CTA Station Area Study was to delve further into the urban design and public place-making opportunities for the areas in and surrounding the Western Avenue Brown Line 'L' Station.  The area of study was generally defined as the station plaza, bus depot entrance / alley, Chicago Parking Lot #71 (farmers market location), portions of Leland Avenue, and pedestrian walkway underneath the 'L' tracks.
     

  • What's going on in 2022?  Based on outreach and planning activities in 2021, a Final Concept Plan for the CTA Station Area Study was presented at a public meeting, followed by the circulation of digital versions of the exhibits to obtain additional feedback via an online poll.  Next steps for the project include working with various city departments and local Alderman to determine funding opportunities to implement the plans.  Stay tuned to this project website for future updates!
     

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