The best places in Chicago
06/05/2009 10:33 AM
What's your favorite public space in Chicago?
Walking beneath the rumble of the El train on Lake Street? Perhaps hanging out in Union Park on the Near West Side. Or sunning on the lakefront by the South Loop.
The folks behind Placemaking Chicago, a project of the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Project for Public Spaces in New York, are looking for residents to answer that question in a new contest.
From now through July 27, Placemaking Chicago is asking people to submit a photograph or video of their favorite public spaces in the city accompanied by a 250-word description of the space. Complete rules are here.
There are prizes, of course.
For Placemaking Chicago, the effort fits into an approach to neighborhood planning that eschews top-down approaches. The point is to "make places the way people want to use them," according to the group's Web site.
The site, by the way, lists a few placemaking examples, including one about the 61st Street Farmer's Market.
That initiative could be of particular interest to the Near West Side/West Haven residents, where much of the debate about neighborhood food options has centered around attracting a major food retailer to Madison and Western.