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MPC launches Logan Square Corridor Development Initiative

MPC is teaming up with 35th Ward Ald. Rey Colón this summer to engage residents in the future development of Logan Square.

This summer, at the invitation of Ald. Rey Colón (35th Ward), the Metropolitan Planning Council is leading a Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) exercise in the Logan Square neighborhood.  CDI is a participatory planning process that engages residents in development before it happens.  Through a series of three community meetings, residents work with architects and developers to learn about the financing, design, and planning process and create a set of development priorities for their neighborhood.  

The Logan Square meetings, to be held on July 22, Aug. 5, and Aug. 26, will ask residents to help Ald. Colón and community leaders understand the type of buildings, businesses, housing, and open space they want to see along Milwaukee Avenue.  Through a visioning and block building exercise, residents will be able to “build” the type of development they would like to see along the corridor and, with the help of architects and developers, explore how their ideas might pan out visually and financially.  Residents will be better prepared to understand development proposals by establishing a set of principles that will help guide future development along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square.   

The meetings will be held:

Wednesday, July 22, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Wednesday, August 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Wednesday, August 26, 6:30-8:00 pm

All meetings will be held at Logandale School, 3212 W. George. 

To learn more about the Logan Square CDI, please contact Karin Sommer at or 312-863-6044.  To learn more about CDI, check out seven-minute video that explains the process. 


  1. 1. Joanna Trotter, Community Building Initiative Manager, MPC from Chicago, IL on July 17, 2009

    LSNA is a member of the steering committee that is guiding this process, helping to shape the agenda, and lead community outreach. They''ve been extremely helpful.

  2. 2. Dale Bennett from Chicago, IL on July 17, 2009

    What role is the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), the resident-based community organization, playing in this process?

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