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.
Let us know your thoughts on Placemaking in Chicago by taking our survey! Either text your answer to the question above to 312-800-1729 or take the full survey here.
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 set for April 18th, 2015
On behalf of the City of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be hosting the Annual Landscape Maintenance and Placemaking Seminar on Saturday, April 18th at the Chicago Center for Green Technology starting at 9:00am. Throughout Chicago, the City’s greening and placemaking initiatives including streetscapes, medians, people spots, people plazas, and traffic-calming, help improve the quality of life and add value to our neighborhoods. The key to the success of these green spaces is the partnership between the City and the Community. This seminar is for those currently wanting to learn more about Chicago’s placemaking efforts, are maintaining neighborhood improvements in the public way, or those who love gardening and want to hear the latest news on plants, planting techniques, and best practices. Simultaneous presentations will allow attendees a choice of focus. While this seminar is free and open to the public, there is limited seating and pre-registration is recommended. Please direct any questions or RSVP your attendance here by April 15th.