Vote for Chicagoland's best public place in the "What Makes Your Place Great?" photo and video contest - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Vote for Chicagoland's best public place in the "What Makes Your Place Great?" photo and video contest

The Chicago region is a collection of thousands of vibrant neighborhoods, parks, street corners, and community gardens.  Each of these seemingly small places come together to form a region known for its beautiful and well-used public spaces.   

From June 3 to July 27, 2009, more than 50 people from around the region entered their favorite public space in the “What Makes Your Place Great?” photo and video contest.  Visit between Aug. 10 and Sept. 14 to vote for the top photo and video entries.  The winning entries not only will win bragging rights to the best public space in Chicagoland, but also a prize package that includes tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour tickets, membership to the Active Transportation Alliance, restaurant gift certificates, "CO-OP Hotsauce" from NeighborSpace, and more! 

Visit or watch this short video to learn more about the contest. 

This contest is part of MPC’s Placemaking Chicago initiative, aimed at creating and enhancing public spaces around the region by tapping into the innate knowledge residents have about their neighborhoods.  To learn more about Placemaking Chicago and join in the fun, please visit the Placemaking Chicago Web site or become a member of the Placemaking Chicago group on the Placemaking Movement, an international online Placemaking network site. 

For more information on MPC’s Placemaking initiative, please contact Karin Sommer at or 312-863-6044.

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