Complete Streets in Chicago


Our Vision

The City of Chicago is committed to building Complete Streets to ensure that everyone – pedestrians, transit users,bicyclists and motorists – can travel safely and comfortably along and across a street. Complete Streets give Chicagoans of all ages and abilities safer, cheaper, and healthier travel options. They support economic development and can incorporate environmental services and placemaking, which helps to create sustainable infrastructure and communities. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is working to bring these benefits to your community.

Complete Streets Project: Make Way for People

Launched in Spring 2013, The Department of Transportation’s Make Way for People initiative aims to create public spaces that cultivate community and culture in Chicago’s neighborhoods through placemaking. Make Way for People supports innovation in the public way by opening Chicago’s streets, parking spots, plazas and alleys to new programming and market opportunities via public and private partnerships. In addition to improving street safety and promoting walkable communities, this initiative supports economic development for Chicago’s local businesses and Chicago’s neighborhoods. Learn more about this initiative in the video below.


More information about Make Way for Play is also available on our City website.

Implementing New Design Guidelines

The launch of this website, a portal for everything Complete Streets in Chicago, coincides with the implementation of the new Complete Streets Guidelines and the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines for every CDOT project.


Annual Landscape Maintenance and Placemaking Seminar held on April 18th, 2015

On behalf of the City of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted the Annual Landscape Maintenance and Placemaking Seminar on Saturday, April 18th at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. Click here for more information or to get on the mailing list for next year!