Posted by on Oct 10, 2010 in Blog Article | No Comments

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has long placed an emphasis on placemaking efforts, the multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.  The Chicago region is known for its well-used plazas, parks, sidewalks, and gardens that bring the city to life.  Many of these special places are hidden in the heart of neighborhoods, known only to a lucky few.   To correct that, and promote the establishment of well-developed public spaces, the MPC has recently announced their “What Makes Your Place Great?” contest.

Any resident 16 or older of the Chicago metro region (including the City of Chicago and Chicago suburbs located in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois, or in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Indiana, or in Racine and Kenosha counties in Wisconsin) is eligible to submit an entry to the MPC.  All that is required is a compelling photo or video of a public space with a 250-words-or-less description detailing how the space contributes to the community. 

In evaluating entries, the MPC will consider the four key qualities of successful public spaces:  they are accessible; people are engaged in activities; the space is comfortable and feels safe; and it is a place where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit.  If places in your community meet those descriptions encourage residents to apply; winners will receive passes to a Chicago-area museum and the spaces themselves will be featured on a Chicago Architectural Foundation tour.  Time is running out though, applications are due July 26th. 

Placemaking Chicago website:

http://www.placemakingchicago.com/places/

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