Complete Streets in Chicago

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  • WTT-Pedestrian-Improvement-Maps_031914-4
    Walk to Transit: Proposed Pedestrian Improvements
  • Make Way for People: People Plaza
    People Plaza at Southport Avenue and Addison Street
  • 2013 Chicago Bike Map
    2013 Chicago Bike Map
  • Streetscapes: Congress Parkway
    Streetscapes: Congress Parkway
  • Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines (SUIG)
    Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines (SUIG)
  • Make Way for Play Guide
    The Make Way for Play Guide
  • Complete Streets Guidelines
    Complete Streets Guidelines
  • Streets for Cycling Plan 2020
    Streets for Cycling Plan 2020

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.

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.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide in 2012, more than 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, and approximately 421,000 people were injured. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. 


As a motorist, if you violate the Illinois hands-free law, you can face fines that start at $75, rising to $100 for a second offence and $125 for a third offense. Fourth and subsequent offenses can be fined $150 each and, after four violations, the state can also suspend the driver’s license. Distracted drivers convicted of injuring others on the road also face up to $2,500 in fines and up to a year in jail. A distracted driver convicted in connection with someone’s death could face a fine of up to $25,000 and up to three years in prison.


As a bicyclist, it is against Chicago’s Municipal Code to talk on the phone or text while bicycling. You can face fines that start at $20, $50-$70 for a second offense and up to $100 for a third or subsequent offense. 


As a pedestrian, it is important to be alert and aware at all times when crossing streets. Avoid talking on a cell phone or dulling your perceptions with headphones. Review safe walking tips.


Learn more about distracted driving and CDOT’s Pedestrian Safety Campaign

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.