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Vote now through Sept. 10 for Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana's favorite 'undiscovered' public place

What’s Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana’s favorite hidden public place? Between Aug. 9 and Sept. 10, vote online at for your favorite of two dozen finalists in the “What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland” photo and video contest. 

To find the undiscovered places that make Chicagoland great, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) called on people to submit a photo or video and written description of their favorite hidden public place in the region to the “What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland” contest.

The public can view all 24 contest entries and vote for one of the four winners at between now and Sept. 10. Voters are encouraged to review all of the fantastic entries, which showcase not only some of the region’s secret gems, but also some truly beautiful and inspiring photography and videography.

A committee of Placemaking experts will choose three “Placemakers” winners, and all four winners will be announced Sept. 17.

Winners may have their undiscovered places featured on an exclusive CAF tour in October 2010. Winners also will receive complimentary passes to one of the following Chicago institutions: 

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation

MPC and CAF are grateful for donations from these organizations, as well as the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, and Perkins+Will.

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