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  • Draft Placemaking Concepts + Guidelines Underway

    about 1 month ago
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    Hey, Lincoln Square! It’s been about a month since we shared the results of Neighborhood Poll #3, so we wanted to update our followers as to where we are in our process. The 'Your Lincoln Square Design Team' is currently reviewing hundreds of ideas and working with the SSA, steering committee, and stakeholders to review and finalize preliminary concepts. The concepts will address both near and long-term public streetscape and placemaking improvements, as well as design guidelines for private developments. We are targeting a public open house meeting to review concepts in May. More details and...

    Hey, Lincoln Square! It’s been about a month since we shared the results of Neighborhood Poll #3, so we wanted to update our followers as to where we are in our process. The 'Your Lincoln Square Design Team' is currently reviewing hundreds of ideas and working with the SSA, steering committee, and stakeholders to review and finalize preliminary concepts. The concepts will address both near and long-term public streetscape and placemaking improvements, as well as design guidelines for private developments. We are targeting a public open house meeting to review concepts in May. More details and invites to come – stay tuned!









  • Neighborhood Poll #3 Results

    2 months ago
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    Introduction

    You did it! Thank you for helping us understand your preferences as they relate to mixed use and residential building design treatments in Lincoln Square! During earlier polls and events, we heard comments about new building developments and how they contribute to the look and feel of Lincoln Square. To take those comments one step further, we developed Poll #3 which delved deeper into these topics via a visual preference survey.

    Overview + Participation

    Neighborhood Poll #3 was open for 3-weeks, going live on Friday, January 4th and closing the afternoon of Friday, January 25th, 2019. During that time,...

    Introduction

    You did it! Thank you for helping us understand your preferences as they relate to mixed use and residential building design treatments in Lincoln Square! During earlier polls and events, we heard comments about new building developments and how they contribute to the look and feel of Lincoln Square. To take those comments one step further, we developed Poll #3 which delved deeper into these topics via a visual preference survey.

    Overview + Participation

    Neighborhood Poll #3 was open for 3-weeks, going live on Friday, January 4th and closing the afternoon of Friday, January 25th, 2019. During that time, nearly 500 participants (487 to be exact) took the poll, rating their ideals regarding building design and ground floor activity and sharing insights about why they like, love or loathe varying development types, styles and building materials. Participants were asked to provide their “gut reactions” by rating each image on a scale of 1 (love) to 5 (dislike) and to provide additional insights via the open comment section, if desired.

    It's all in the details…

    Over 1,800 open ended comments were received; 1,835 to be exact! One of the great things about open-ended comments are people aren’t limited to the predetermined set of possible answer choices. As such, we ended up collecting a rich pool of genuine opinions and context from folks regarding building design, orientation and materials, ground floor activity, landscaping, shared spaced, and so much more. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide this detail. It has helped us immensely in understanding the “bigger picture” and your development values for Lincoln Square.



    Methodology

    A summary of the findings from neighborhood poll #3 is provided below. Given the depth of responses and comments received, it is essential to approach these findings with a discerning eye. With so much input and varying opinions garnered, we must determine a way to successfully extract the value added and preferences of the neighborhood at large.

    Some image ratings are very stark, straightforward, and easy to understand –predominately loved, liked or overwhelmingly disliked. Other images received a mix of responses across all ratings or predominately fell in the neutral category. As we look to these findings – your collective input, ratings and comments - we have reviewed the nuances and connections of all input received to inform the Lincoln Square Design Guidelines.


    4-Step Process

    To help understand those aspects of building design and ground floor activity that were well liked and loved versus not desired, the overall feedback received for each image were reviewed in the following 4-step process:

    1. Review: To start, we began with an overall review of the individual bar charts to determine the highs and lows of ratings for each image.
    2. Group: Next, we grouped the images into one of three categories based on their overall ranking: (1) highly rated, (2) lowly rated, (3) mixed reviews.
    3. Read: We then conducted a thorough read of all the comments received to help discern and summarize why images were rated as favorable, unfavorable, or “meh”.
    4. Identify: Finally, we merged the holistic findings of the ratings and comments across the three categories to distinguish what factors specifically did participants like, love, loathe – or were generally, just not that impressed with.



    Poll Results

    PART A: Building Design

    Building Design: Highest Rated Images

    Distinguishing Factors + Comment Commonalities

    Generally, most participants noted that they like the following features:
    • Brick / vintage / older façade
    • Chicago-style / traditional architecture
    • Restoration / retrofits of older buildings
    • Buildings that “blend” into neighborhood
    • Dank House (Q16) is cherished, but not in scale with surroundings and needs updating
    • Architectural interest / delineation
    • Incorporate public art / murals
    • Neighborhood scale (2-3 stories)
    • Taller buildings should be located on Western
    • Integrate greenery to soften facade


    Building Design: Lowest Rated Images

    Distinguishing Factors + Comment Commonalities

    Generally, most participants noted that they dislike the following features:
    • Strip malls are not appropriate for neighborhood
    • Parking lots in front are a waste of space
    • Generic / repetitive architecture
    • Boring buildings / no character
    • Street level does not have enough glass
    • Cinderblock materials are unattractive
    • Lacking street activation
    • Balconies without sunlight


    Building Design: Images with Mixed Ratings - Set 1

    Distinguishing Factors + Comment Commonalities

    Many of the comments received highlight that while the building style, scale and materials may be attractive, they do not interface / blend well with Lincoln Square – its neighborhood character, history, and established aesthetic.

    OVERALL CONS
    • Too modern / too much glass
    • Does not fit character of Lincoln Square
    • Looks like an office or hotel
    • Too dense

    OVERALL PROS
    • Interesting roof delineation
    • Color contrast to add interest
    • Ground floor retail
    • Integration of balconies

    Building Design: Images with Mixed Ratings - Set 2


    Distinguishing Factors + Comment Commonalities

    Q6 BUILDING COMMENTS
    • Like the warm / yellow brick
    • Dated, needs updating
    • Classic / traditional architecture
    • Proper neighborhood scale
    • Needs a wider sidewalk
    • Alley is perfect spot for a mural
    Q13 BUILDING COMMENTS
    • Too “bulky” / “hulking”
    • Out of scale with neighboring buildings
    • Balconies are too far setback
    • Too heavy on bottom
    • Limestone columns make for cavernous feel



    PART B: Ground Floor Activity

    Ground Floor Activity: Highest Rated Images

    Distinguishing Factors + Comment Commonalities

    Generally, most participants noted that they like the following features:
    • Patio space / sidewalk dining
    • Historic street lighting
    • Ground floor awnings
    • Variety of landscaping / planters
    • Mature trees that provide shade
    • Large glass windows on ground floor
    • Pedestrian scaled
    • Quaint and inviting
    • Wide sidewalks
    • A feeling of privacy in the public realm
    • Interesting storefronts on ground floor

    Caution: Ensure patio space does not encroach on sidewalk creating too narrow of a walkway

    Ground Floor Activity: Lowest Rated Images

    Distinguishing Factors + Comment Commonalities

    Generally, most participants noted that they dislike the following features:

    • No strip malls in urban centers
    • No parking lots in front of buildings
    • Sidewalks are too narrow
    • Too close to traffic / busy street
    • Billboards are unattractive
    • Signage and awnings are not consistent
    • Poor maintenance / upkeep
    • Looks rundown / dirty
    • No entryway presence / sense of arrival
    • Large buildings with narrow sidewalks


    Ground Floor Activity: Images with Mixed Ratings

    Distinguishing Factors + Comment Commonalities

    OVERALL CONS
    • Modern / contemporary buildings and entrances do not fit neighborhood character and history
    • Overabundance of glass make buildings appear too modern; like an office building or hotel
    • Too much distance between building and street
    • Generic / suburban feel
    • Over-scaled / prominent sign (Q26)
    • Corporate aesthetic feels unwelcoming

    OVERALL PROS

    • Potted plants
    • Diversity of landscaping
    • Integration of stone / brick walkways
    • Color accents
    • Roof details / overhangs
    • Patios are welcoming



    Concluding Statements


    When considering what type of building design / ground level detail is appropriate in Lincoln Square, it is essential to take into consideration the following four factors:

    (1) Neighborhood Setting: What is the built and natural environment like?
    (2) Physical Location: What street is it on? Is it near the train?
    (3) Built Surroundings: What are the aesthetics / scale / setbacks of neighboring structures?
    (4) Character: Consider the existing character and longstanding history of Lincoln Square.

    Top 10 Poll Findings

    1. Lincoln Square is a historic, Chicago neighborhood and these roots must be reinforced and preserved in the face of new development.

    2. Modern buildings with extensive glass were generally poorly rated. Participants noted these buildings can be attractive but are not the right fit or aesthetic for Lincoln Square.

    3. Masonry buildings that blend in scale with their surrounding structures are preferred and connect back to the neighborhood character of Lincoln Square.

    4. Adaptive retrofits, renovations, and historic preservation of architecturally significant buildings was generally encouraged and praised throughout poll comments.

    5. Signage and awnings need to be cohesive, interesting and attractive.

    6. The streetscape should integrate nature including a balance of greenery, planters, and/or mature trees that provide shade.

    7. Sidewalk patios and pedestrian plazas are much loved and highly desired. They connect back to Lincoln Square’s historic roots and are reminiscent of European towns. However, sidewalk patios should not hinder pedestrian mobility.

    8. Height to setback ratio must be considered with regards to new development. Generally speaking, the taller the building the more setback required to make the ground floor environment hospitable, not overbearing, to the pedestrian.

    9. The interplay of ground level details is important i.e. awnings, street lighting, façade lighting, welcoming entryway details, patio space, greenery, planters, windows, architectural details, retail uses, width of sidewalk, etc.

    10. Public art and murals that enhance neighborhood character and history should be considered at key locations and blank facades in Lincoln Square.



    Next Steps: How will this information be used?

    A component of the Lincoln Square Master Plan is a set of design guidelines that will be used to communicate the community's vision for new building developments. The findings of the poll will be used to develop such! When it comes to design, there will naturally be differences in opinions and preferences. However, we were overwhelmed by the commonalities in feedback expressed; especially in regards to the concluding statements and the findings noted above. Thank you again for your extensive input and thoughtful responses.More to come... stay tuned!


  • New Year, New Poll! Share your design preferences with us by taking Poll #3 today...

    4 months ago
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    Hey Lincoln Square! Poll #3 is here...

    Happy 2019! Hope everyone had a great holiday. As we usher in a new year, we thought it only fitting to roll-out a new neighborhood poll. You all have been so generous with insights to date, so without further ado:



    Welcome to our third neighborhood poll!

    During earlier polls and events, we heard comments about new building developments and how they contribute to the look and feel of Lincoln Square. This poll delves into these topics further through a visual preference survey. How will this...

    Hey Lincoln Square! Poll #3 is here...

    Happy 2019! Hope everyone had a great holiday. As we usher in a new year, we thought it only fitting to roll-out a new neighborhood poll. You all have been so generous with insights to date, so without further ado:



    Welcome to our third neighborhood poll!

    During earlier polls and events, we heard comments about new building developments and how they contribute to the look and feel of Lincoln Square. This poll delves into these topics further through a visual preference survey. How will this information be used in the master plan? A component of the Lincoln Square Master Plan is a set of design guidelines that will be used to communicate the community's vision for new building developments. So take a few moments to channel your inner designer and share your thoughts!

    Instructions

    Help us understand your preferences as they relate to mixed use and residential building design treatments in Lincoln Square. The survey includes a series of images organized across 2 design categories:

    1. Building design
    2. Ground floor activity

    Rating

    You will be asked to rate each image on a scale of 1 (love) to 5 (dislike). Some images will be repeated to understand nuances between your design preferences. Please be sure to focus on and rank the image based on its appropriateness in Lincoln Square, not what you like in general.

    Timing

    We are looking for "gut reactions" so ranking each image should only take a few seconds. In total, the survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.


    Let the voting begin!




  • View Poll #2 Summary

    4 months ago
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    Results are in! Check out the findings of the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Poll #2...


    Facts + Figures

    Neighborhood Poll #2 was open for three weeks, going live on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 and closing the afternoon of Friday, November 16th, 2018. During that time, 695 participants (heck ya!!!) took the poll, voting on and sharing desired placemaking preferences, development ideals and suggested improvements for Lincoln Square’s Special Service Area (SSA) #21. Some comments pertained to locations outside of the project geography; please click here to view a map with...

    Results are in! Check out the findings of the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Poll #2...


    Facts + Figures

    Neighborhood Poll #2 was open for three weeks, going live on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 and closing the afternoon of Friday, November 16th, 2018. During that time, 695 participants (heck ya!!!) took the poll, voting on and sharing desired placemaking preferences, development ideals and suggested improvements for Lincoln Square’s Special Service Area (SSA) #21. Some comments pertained to locations outside of the project geography; please click here to view a map with the SSA boundaries highlighted. Not sure what an SSA is? Click here.

    In addition to the sheer volume of participants, it is important to note that the poll received over 250 comments wherein participants added more detail about their response or a different answer altogether. For example, the first question that asked, “What type of placemaking would you like to see most?” received forty-six additional “other” responses. Comments ranged from traffic calming and addressing vacancies, to zoned parking for residents, a Lincoln Square hop-on hop-off trolley, making the 4700 Block of Lincoln Avenue pedestrian-only, and additional support for a dog park. Comment themes and details are addressed for each question in the summaries that follow.




    Who came out to the polls?

    The poll received responses from a wide range of ages (18 years to 66+ years) and neighborhood affiliations. From residents (80%) and property owners (38%), to visitors (37%) and employees (13%). The 9% of poll takers who marked “other” in regards to their connection to Lincoln Square, expanded on why they visit the neighborhood, noting (1) they live nearby; (2) children attend school in the neighborhood; (3) friends, spouses or family work or live nearby; (4) they volunteer at local events; (5) attend Old Town School of Music, (6) grew up in or use to live in Lincoln Square and return often, and (7) shop and dine regularly in the Square because they love it and want to support the businesses.




    What type of placemaking would you like to see most?


    With 501 votes “Landscaping, trees and community gardens” was the top ranked placemaking “want” noted by participants. “Enhanced pedestrian and bike access” (401 votes), “Public art throughout the neighborhood” (348 votes), and “General maintenance” (268 votes), i.e more trash bins and recycling stations were also highly ranked. With 146 votes each, a “Designated dog park” and “Parking spaces transformed into parklets and outdoor patios” tied as the 4th placemaking priority. Comments reiterated in the “other” category included:

    • Beautify area around the Brown Line Western Stop / transformation under the tracks
    • Relieve traffic congestion (add a northbound right turn lane on Western at Lawrence, BRT on Western, more bike lanes and bike parking, and traffic calming measures)
    • Create community event areas and gathering spaces (outdoor amphitheater, more greenspace, wildlife sanctuary, reinvent NE corner of Lawrence and Western, make the 4700 Block of Lincoln Avenue pedestrian only)
    • Perspectives on parking were varied (zone parking for residents, do not remove parking, more outdoor seating but do not remove parking)
    • Activate underutilized / vacant space and enhance pedestrian accommodations north of Lawrence, infuse with restaurants and expand neighborhood “feeling”


    Other responses supported the existing poll categories:

    • Add a dog park (possible location could be the underused horseshoe pit in Welles park)
    • General Maintenance: Add trash bins, fill potholes, fix sidewalks, take care of parkway trees and lighting, apply green infrastructure practices
    • Add public art that calls out neighborhood history in key locations



    Which site-specific improvements would you like to see most?


    Poll participants felt equally passionate about wanting to “Mitigate the barrier-feel of Western Avenue” (485 votes) and “Enhance Western CTA Station plaza / ped underpass” (455 votes). “Enhancements to the plaza surrounding Lincoln’s statue” (341 votes) and creating a “Shared Street on Lincoln Avenue” (313 votes) were also highly ranked. A photograph of the existing shared streetscape on Argyle Street in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood was included in the poll to visually communicate how pedestrian flow can be enhanced alongside parking and traffic calming measures like bump outs, landscaping and rain gardens.


    Comments reiterated in the “other” category included:

    • Reinvigorating Lincoln Avenue north of Lawrence, improve aesthetics, lighting, sidewalks
    • Enhance Rockwell Corridor
    • Continued support for the removal of traffic/cars in the ‘Square’; close the arch to cars
    • Local trolley to support shops and restaurants
    • Wayfinding measures to direct people to and from the main square
    • Reinvent public space and triangular landscape area around McDonalds
    • Transform Western Ave: BRT, art, more trees, landscaping (like at Irving Park), TODs




    A bit about “Shared Streets” ...

    A few poll participants wanted more information about shared streets... ask and you shall receive! A “Shared Street” is designed to prioritize walkability, calm traffic, provide more space for pedestrians and sidewalk cafes, support events and ultimately create a safer, more pleasant, more profitable business strip. As the name indicates, shared streets are designed to be shared by all users; pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists must coexist. Many Shared Streets also celebrate green infrastructure, accessibility, economic development, and encourage a sense of community. The Argyle Shared Street example shown below (Chicago’s first shared street!) demonstrates these factors; the street was raised, and curbs eliminated to create an open, plaza-like feel. During community events, Argyle Street is closed to traffic temporarily and the sidewalks and street function as a shared people place.




    What types of public art would you like to see in Lincoln Square?

    As identified in the photos below, innovative “Street Canopies” was clearly the top ranked art example, receiving a total of 348 votes. “Murals” ranked second with 230 votes, followed by “Usable” public art with 213 votes, and “Interactive” public art with 203 votes.


    Comments reiterated in the “other” category included:

    • Public art under the tracks by the Western Station
    • Sculptures
    • More greenery
    • Community art with children and homeowners
    • Street paint because it’s not only visual but can further pedestrian safety, which is essential for our neighborhood businesses



    When it comes to development, what would you like to see most?


    Lincoln Square wants to see areas beyond Giddings Plaza rejuvenated and commercial development increased. Ranked as the top priority for development with 425 votes, the desire to improve the vitality of areas north of Lawrence Avenue and throughout the neighborhood in general were reiterated in comments. Specific locations include (1) Lawrence Avenue west of Western, (2) Western Avenue south of the CTA Station, (3) Western and Lincoln Avenue north of Lawrence, and (4) the Rockwell / Eastwood area.

    In addition to ranking second among the development priorities with 296 votes, the desire for affordability (with the exception of 2 comments against such) was reiterated and supported many (many) times over in the comment section. There is a clear desire by poll participants to stop the conversion of existing 2-flats into single-family homes and luxury condos, and ensure affordable housing, rentals, and rents for businesses moving forward. Other ideas and comments on this thread included affordable housing and work spaces for artists and musicians, housing options in the $400k-700k range that can support a middle-class family, density near transit, senior housing and activity centers, and allowing accessory dwelling units like a small home office space in lieu of single-story garages off alleys.

    Comments reiterated in the “other” category include,

    • Support / retain local businesses (shop small); ensure rising rents don’t push them out
    • Local stores are great, but a few chains would be welcome; Chipotle, Panera, Lululemon
    • Focus on and fill vacancies and empty storefronts
    • Varied comments on parking included (1) less parking and parking lots, more parkland, (2) nearby paid parking to support local businesses, and (3) residential permit parking
    • Indoor play area / Welles Park Building for year-round use by the community
    • Community gathering space with programs and local brews on tap (Brauhaus location)




    What good is a poll if no one takes it?

    Our thoughts exactly! In terms of marketing and understanding the avenues by which folks heard about the poll, 87% learned of it via an email notification and/or social media; another 4% came across it via the SSA website. Behold, the power of technology. The 11% or 76 participants who responded “Other”, relayed they had heard about the poll thanks to (1) Block Club Chicago, (2) Streetsblog (3) word of mouth and shares from fellow neighbors, residents, friends, wives and hubbies, (4) Alderman and Chamber emails, (5) Apple Fest, print marketing and banners, and the (6) Greater Rockwell Organization. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word and generate awareness about the poll!!! Please keep sharing via the tools herein.






    Stay tuned! Poll #3 is coming soon. Everyone have a happy and safe holiday... and happy new year!




  • Poll #2 Closing Friday 11/16

    5 months ago
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    Hey Lincoln Square!

    If you haven't already shared input via the Neighborhood Poll #2, please do so soon. The poll will be closing this Friday, November 16th at 4pm. Thanks to everyone who has contributed input thus far!


    Danke,

    Team Lincoln Square

    Hey Lincoln Square!

    If you haven't already shared input via the Neighborhood Poll #2, please do so soon. The poll will be closing this Friday, November 16th at 4pm. Thanks to everyone who has contributed input thus far!


    Danke,

    Team Lincoln Square

  • View Poll #1 Summary + Take Poll #2

    6 months ago
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    Results are in!

    BIG thanks to the whopping 563 participants who shared input as part of the first ‘Your Lincoln Square’ Neighborhood Poll. We received responses from a wide range of ages (18 years to 66+ years) and neighborhood affiliations. From residents (81%) and property owners (39%), to employees (11%) and visitors (17%). The 10% of poll takers who marked “other” in regards to their connection to Lincoln Square, expanded on why they visit the neighborhood, noting (1) living nearby – Ravenswood, Ravenswood Manor, Bowmanville, Budlong Woods, Albany Park, and North Center; (2) children attend school in the neighborhood; (3)...

    Results are in!

    BIG thanks to the whopping 563 participants who shared input as part of the first ‘Your Lincoln Square’ Neighborhood Poll. We received responses from a wide range of ages (18 years to 66+ years) and neighborhood affiliations. From residents (81%) and property owners (39%), to employees (11%) and visitors (17%). The 10% of poll takers who marked “other” in regards to their connection to Lincoln Square, expanded on why they visit the neighborhood, noting (1) living nearby – Ravenswood, Ravenswood Manor, Bowmanville, Budlong Woods, Albany Park, and North Center; (2) children attend school in the neighborhood; (3) they shop and dine regularly in the Square; (4) volunteer at local events; and (5) simply put, “Love Lincoln Square.” Many participants relayed that they choose to spend their “social time” in Lincoln Square, while others highlighted that they were former residents and return frequently because, as noted above, they love the neighborhood.


    Poll #1 Participant Profile | Age + Neighborhood Connection



    What do you like most about Lincoln Square?

    When asked what folks like most about Lincoln Square, the top two responses were the ‘Walkable Environment’ (79%) and ‘Quality of local shops, restaurants, businesses’ (71%), followed by ‘Access to Metra/CTA’ (37%), ‘Sense of Community’ (34%), ‘Community Festivals and Events’ (25%), ‘Safe Place to Raise a Family’ (23%), ‘Arts and Culture’ (10%), ‘Quality of Schools’ (7%) and ‘Other’ (2%). Those who selected “Other” highlighted locally-owned businesses, parks and trees, sense of safety in general, community organizations, diversity, and German influence.




    What about Lincoln Square needs the most improvement?

    When asked what about Lincoln Square needs the most improvement, the top three responses were ‘Traffic Congestion’ (55%); ‘Pedestrian and Bike Amenities’ (39%); and ‘Public Art and Celebration of Local Culture and History’ (38%), followed by ‘Community Gathering Places’ (32%); ‘Existing Parks and Open Spaces’ (26%); and ‘Community Events’ (14%). One out of every three respondents or 33% voted “Other” and shared a written response, the majority of which focused on:


    · Housing affordability

    · Stability, support and attraction of quality local retailers and restaurants

    · Address vacancies / empty storefronts

    · Western CTA station area

    · Appearance of Western Avenue

    · Improve North Lincoln Square / area north of Lawrence

    · Placemaking at Lincoln and Lawrence where Lincoln Statue is

    · Enhance streetscape and beautification

    · Desire for a dog park

    · Improve safety




    Next Step: Take Quick Poll #2

    Thank you again for sharing insights via the first neighborhood poll, website and at Apple Fest. All feedback – written, posted, mapped and vocalized – is being thoroughly recorded and reviewed. What’s cooler? We are excited see outreach themes emerging! These themes are derived from those ideas and desires that are being reiterated and supported by others. To help hone these themes and better understand project priorities, we have created a second neighborhood poll which focuses on placemaking considerations, public art, and site-specific improvements.


    Please share your input today by clicking here or the button below:


    DANKE!

    Your Lincoln Square
    #YourLincolnSquare

  • Apple Fest Highlights: Community Gardens, Art and Supporting Local Biz...

    6 months ago
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    Thanks to everyone who peeled by our Apple Fest Idea Booth to share innovative ideas and input on Lincoln Square!

    Stationed at the northeast corner of Leland and Lincoln, the booth featured tools for folks to share input. Apple-themed idea posters were pinned up, comment maps rolled out, dog treats on the ready and sour apple dum-dums... naturally. From jotting down and mapping ideas to conversation with residents and visitors, the planning team scored so much knowledge, input and ideas on what people love and would like to see happen in Lincoln Square.




    Love was in the air...

    First and...

    Thanks to everyone who peeled by our Apple Fest Idea Booth to share innovative ideas and input on Lincoln Square!

    Stationed at the northeast corner of Leland and Lincoln, the booth featured tools for folks to share input. Apple-themed idea posters were pinned up, comment maps rolled out, dog treats on the ready and sour apple dum-dums... naturally. From jotting down and mapping ideas to conversation with residents and visitors, the planning team scored so much knowledge, input and ideas on what people love and would like to see happen in Lincoln Square.




    Love was in the air...

    First and foremost, one thing was made crystal clear... residents both long-standing and new, as well as visitors, LOVE Lincoln Square. The events, festivals and summer concerts; restaurants, library, Davis Theater, and local "mom and pop" businesses; scale and style of development, plentiful parks and trees; walkability and access to transit; German roots and history; welcoming, clean neighborhood and family-friendly vibe. All of these components were reiterated many times over! Master planning is as much about understanding what folks want to see remain unchanged, as it is understanding desired improvements. So special thanks to everyone who flagged what you love!



    Questions come with answers...

    While chatting with residents and passersby we fielded a few questions about the planning process that are worth circling back on!

    What is master planning? Neighborhoods typically update their master plan every 5-10 years to address needs and wants in their community. Simply put, you can think of master planning like a check-up for your neighborhood. It is an opportunity to assess vitals and address those items, areas, and components that need some added attention, TLC or creative placemaking. Furthermore, master plans are an opportunity to look to innovative planning techniques and strategies taking place and consider how such might inspire changes locally. For example, at Apple Fest, many residents voiced a desire to improve / create a designated pedestrian path beneath the brown line tracks and mentioned looking to examples like the Low-Line in Lakeview.

    How will the plan be used? The Lincoln Square Master Plan will be a guiding document that the SSA (Special Service Area) and Chamber will look to over the next 5-10 years to make strategic decisions on where to spend funds and how to make improvements - big and small - within the Lincoln Square SSA 21. All actions will need to be focused on areas within the SSA boundary, as highlighted on the comment map.

    Who is the planning team? There are four primary members of our planning team and that starts with you! (1) Residents, business owners and stakeholders, you are the guiding element of this plan -- share what you want both in-person (workshop to come) and online via the tools herein. Take the neighborhood polls, map insights, and share ideas. (2) Lincoln Square's Chamber and SSA Staff. (3) Our neighborhood steering committee, which is comprised of community partners, business owners and residents just like you! And lastly, (4) creative consultants - we hate that word "consultants" -- we promise we aren't androids. Our consultant team includes placemaking and engagement specialists (Teska Associates), market experts (Goodman Williams Group), and transportation planners (Sam Schwartz Engineering).


    You Said It / Wrote It / Doodled It...

    Now let's get into the good stuff, all the great ideas you shared with us at Apple Fest! In terms of "wants" - the following ideas were the ones reiterated the most:

    • Community Gardens / More Trees / Community Orchard
    • Winery / Tasting Room
    • Dog Parks
    • Public art and murals
    • Retain and support local businesses
    • Maintain 2-3 story scale of development
    • Preserve historic 2- and 3-flats
    • Provide affordable housing
    • Connect non-profits with community organizations


    Specific location-based ideas and comments that were reiterated include:
    • Site improvements to make Giddings Plaza safer (especially during concerts, kids go in alleys)
    • Enhance Western Avenue; make it more pedestrian friendly, less of a barrier overall
    • Improve northeast corner of Lincoln and Montrose; feels open and void, not welcoming
    • Enhance plaza at northeast corner of Lawrence and Western (where Lincoln Statue is)
    • Improve Western Brown Line and overall Station Area
    • Cool / welcoming / safe pedestrian path below the tracks (inspiration: low line)
    • Crosswalk at Lincoln and Eastwood
    • Crosswalk between Old Town School and Parking Lot
    • More local businesses / improve streetscape at Rockwell Crossing


    A few innovative ideas that we heard:
    • Ethnic food court at the Chicago Brauhaus
    • Swings under the train tracks
    • Interactive,Lincoln-themed climbing structure/statue
    • Further sustainable measures / install solar panels
    • Penny-press machine at Giddings Plaza for kids / visitors / events
    • Ice cream raining down from the sky
    • Free toy and candy store


    Share Ideas + Heart Ideas + Map Ideas...

    Use the tools on this website! Share your ideas and "heart" ideas by others you like and support. Map insights and opportunities and upload inspirational images and photos. Stay tuned -- a second neighborhood poll and community workshop is in the works. Click the register button today to receive project updates direct to your inbox.

    5-Quick Steps to Get Involved

    1. Register today to share
    2. Keep sharing ideas and mapping opportunities!
    3. Upload inspirational imagery via the ideas tool.
    4. Flag ideas on instagram using the hashtag #YourLincolnSquare
    5. Take the first neighborhood poll (stay tuned a second is in the works!)

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    Most importantly... thank you for supporting Lincoln Square and taking the time to be a part of the master planning effort! We truly value your feedback and look forward to working with you to create a plan that celebrates all that Lincoln Square is and wants to be.

    Cheers,
    Your Lincoln Square








  • Share Ideas @ Apple Fest: Sunday, October 7th from 9am - 12pm!

    7 months ago
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    What is your pie in the sky idea...
    Explain your core neighborhood values...
    Where do you see a bushel of opportunities...
    What neighborhood destination is the apple of your eye...


    Okay, enough with the seedy puns. We are seriously excited to kick-off the Lincoln Square Master Plan at Apple Fest on Sunday, October 7th! Swing by our idea booth from 9am - 12pm and share what you love most and want to see in Lincoln Square. Our booth will be at the northeast corner of Lincoln and Leland. In the meantime... Visit the About page to learn more about the...

    What is your pie in the sky idea...
    Explain your core neighborhood values...
    Where do you see a bushel of opportunities...
    What neighborhood destination is the apple of your eye...


    Okay, enough with the seedy puns. We are seriously excited to kick-off the Lincoln Square Master Plan at Apple Fest on Sunday, October 7th! Swing by our idea booth from 9am - 12pm and share what you love most and want to see in Lincoln Square. Our booth will be at the northeast corner of Lincoln and Leland. In the meantime... Visit the About page to learn more about the master plan effort, and be sure to Register today to receive project updates and event announcements. But that's not all! You don't need to wait until Apple Fest to be a part of the action... start sharing today by following the 4 steps below:

    1. Register
    2. Map Opportunities
    3. Share Ideas
    4. Take the 2-Minute Quick Poll






  • Lincoln Square Master Plan Underway...

    9 months ago
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    Welcome to the project website for the Lincoln Square Master Plan!

    Over the next 6-months we will be working with you - Lincoln Square residents, business owners and stakeholders - to create a plan that will serve as a guide to improving our neighborhood's look, feel and future - click here to learn more.

    While the Lincoln Square Master Plan will serve as the guiding element for our neighborhood's SSA, the guiding element of the plan is you! This is YOUR community, YOUR plan, and YOUR future. So start thinking, sharing, and spreading the word to your friends and...

    Welcome to the project website for the Lincoln Square Master Plan!

    Over the next 6-months we will be working with you - Lincoln Square residents, business owners and stakeholders - to create a plan that will serve as a guide to improving our neighborhood's look, feel and future - click here to learn more.

    While the Lincoln Square Master Plan will serve as the guiding element for our neighborhood's SSA, the guiding element of the plan is you! This is YOUR community, YOUR plan, and YOUR future. So start thinking, sharing, and spreading the word to your friends and neighbors to get involved. Explore and interact with the tools embedded within this site. Share ideas, map comments / upload photos, attend future events and don't forget to register to receive important project announcements (like this) via email!

    Thanks for visiting + connecting! Register today to start sharing.