CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL PLAZA

CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL PLAZA

Chicago, IL

CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL PLAZA

Chicago, IL
6.3 Acres
1,350,000 SF
900 Residential Units

Overview


An important institution on the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood for 130 years, Children’s Memorial Hospital has relocated to new facilities downtown, opening their 6+ acre multi-site land holdings to new development. A design competition and request for offers was tendered, with a limited field of competitive responses. Located in a high-profile neighborhood sensitive to growth, the proposals were obligated to responsible density and uses, while proving financially viable.

The proposed solution is scaled to the neighborhood context and offers many public amenities. New construction is blended with adaptive re-use of existing vintage structures to maintain a variety of scale and character. A one-acre landscaped public plaza is incorporated along Lincoln Avenue, the major commercial artery, and offers opportunities for leisure, recreation and access to retail and restaurants. Higher density residential is allocated to the corners of the site, serving as ‘flatiron’ anchors to the major neighborhood intersections. Storefront retail is proposed within existing structures, revitalizing an underutilized block of Lincoln Avenue, while major retail anchors are located below the plaza level, with appropriately-scaled entries at street level. Parking for all uses is confined to an existing 7-storey parking structure.

This proposed neighborhood master plan is scaled to the surrounding context and offers many public amenities. New construction is blended with adaptive re-use of vintage structures to maintain a variety of scale and character. A one-acre landscaped public plaza is incorporated, offering opportunities for leisure, recreation and access to retail and restaurants. Higher density residential serves as ‘flatiron’ anchors to the major neighborhood intersections.

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SectorMaster Planning

LocationChicago

TYPOLOGYNEW NEIGHBORHOOD