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Winners of MPC's "What Makes Your Place Great?" photo and video contest to be announced on Chicago Tonight

Tune in to Chicago Tonight to hear the winners of the "What Makes Your Place Great?" contest

From June 3 to July 27, 2009, dozens of people from around the region entered their favorite public space in the “What Makes Your Place Great?” photo and video contest. The more than 50 finalists were then opened to the public for online voting. Between Aug. 10 and Sept. 14, two People's Choice winners were selected by more than 8,000 individual votes, and two Grand Prize winners were chosen by a panel of Placemaking experts.

The four winners will be announced on Chicago Tonight, WTTW Channel 11, on Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. If you miss Chicago Tonight, check out on Friday, Sept. 25, to see the winning 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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