People Spots are temporary platforms adjacent to sidewalks, typically within existing parking lanes. By expanding the sidewalks, they create seasonal space for outdoor seating and dining. As a placemaking tool, they also contribute to an increase of pedestrian volumes and help promote economic development in retail corridors.
The People Spot Design Guidelines provide guidance to sponsoring organizations and their contractors on requirements established by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the construction of People Spots throughout the City. The Design Guidelines delineate application submittal requirements for design drawings, including platform, landscaping, accessibility, maintenance and operations requirements. All People Spot design proposals are reviewed by CDOT for final approval.