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‘Old Place New Tricks’ Challenge Will Train, Reward Chicagoland Communities Improving Underused Public Spaces
  • Jun 3, 2014
Metropolitan Planning Council’s Annual Placemaking Challenge Gives Communities Chance to Win One of Three $1,000 Prizes, Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (Chicago) … Who says you can’t teach an old place new tricks? That’s the (rhetorical) question the…
Metropolitan Planning Council challenging web developers to create ‘Placemaking’ mobile application for Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois contest
  • Aug 30, 2011
App must help people find, create, sustain and/or share vibrant public places in metropolitan Chicago; special prize of $2,500 sponsored by IBM (Chicago) … What if you could pull up a Google map on your mobile phone that pinpoints your location and tells you about family-friendly…
Placemaking at the forefront of the new Polish Triangle Marketplace
  • By Eleanor Mayer, WPB Program Manager
  • Jun 15, 2011
WPB, the Special Service Area for the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, has become intricately involved in the stewardship of the Polish Triangle (located at the intersection of Milwaukee, Division and Ashland) since the area was identified as a critical neighborhood gateway in need of…
Sowing Placemaking seeds in the Bronzeville Community Garden™
  • By Bernard Loyd
  • Dec 20, 2010
For several years, MPC has provided leadership in Chicago to promote and implement Placemaking, a multifaceted approach to developing public spaces. Placemaking involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in the neighborhood to discover core needs…
Beautiful timelapse video shows off great Chicago places
Here's a fun Friday diversion: Take four minutes to enjoy this gorgeous Chicago timelapse video by Josh Kalven, which shows off some of Chicago's most beloved public spaces. We received some amazing videos and photos as entries in the "What Makes Your Place Great?" contest, and this is another…
Online voters, Placemaking experts declare winners of “What Makes Your Place Great?” contest
  • Sep 20, 2010
(Chicago) … The votes are in and results tallied for the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) “What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland” photo and video contest. Two dozen public places from across the Chicagoland…
Bringing life to the streets ... with yogurt?
Like all former MPC research assistants, Annie Lambla has moved on to even bigger and better things. In 2009 and 2010, Annie worked closely with me on our Placemaking Chicago project, learning what it takes to activate public spaces. Inspired, Annie decided to build a bike, pack her bike trailer…
Today's the last day to enter the "What Makes Your Place Great?" contest
Today is the final day to enter the Metropolitan Planning Council-Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland” contest. We’ve already received so many great submissions, from northwest Indiana to the north suburbs of…
'Triangular' relaxation in Lake Forest
This post was written by Alex Gilbert, MPC research assistant. Surrounded by three streets, Triangle Park in Lake Forest is an overlooked public space. The park would be almost empty if it weren’t for the pedestrian walkway going through it. People may notice the distinctive metal deer…
My favorite place? That’s a hard question
As a Chicago native, it’s hard to think of just one favorite place. On a hot summer night, there’s nothing like enjoying an Italian beef on Taylor Street and joining neighbors and friends on the curb to cool off with a homemade Italian ice from Mario’s. Other evenings, I’ve…

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