The 55th Street Streetscape Master Plan creates a vision to guide the form, function, and character of future development of the public right-of-way for the corridor, from Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. 55th Street serves as a primary East-West roadway corridor from Washington Park to the lakefront. It has a thriving mix of residential, institutional, commercial, and civic land-uses and it is a major entryway to the University of Chicago. It also provides important connections to adjacent open space, public transit, and bicycle facilities.
The Plan reacts to the various land-uses and proposes a unified approach to the disparate cross sections throughout the corridor. It applies Complete Street recommendations that will improve safety and connectivity for both pedestrians and bicyclists. The future street will be an attractive, safe, tree-lined street, with strong bicycle and pedestrian networks to accommodate new and life-long residents at all stages of life.
The Plan is also intended as a ”Development Tool” that will facilitate coordination with new or remodeled buildings and set priorities for future investment in the area within the public right-of-way.
The project was completed in June 2016.
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