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Nominate your favorite 'undiscovered' place in metro Chicago

As today's story in The Times of Northwest Indiana put it, MPC and our partner the Chicago Architecture Foundation are seeking your favorite "incognito" public places in metropolitan Chicago, including northwest Indiana, northeastern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin, as nominees for the "What Makes Your Place Great?: Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland" contest.

Inquiring minds (i.e., us) want to know: What public space do you go back to again and again, and why? It could be your favorite secret garden, nestled in an empty lot in your neighborhood, or a beautiful courtyard invisible from the street. Maybe it’s a quiet upstairs reading nook at a local library, or a peaceful plaza that tends to be overlooked in favor of its more crowded, famous next-door neighbor.

From June 2 through July 26, 2010, send a photo or video of your favorite hidden public space, along with a short description about why it’s so special to you, to We're sweetening the pot with great prizes and the chance to be featured in a CAF tour this fall!

Read the full guidelines for entry and voting at Questions? Please contact Karin Sommer, MPC Associate and Placemaking Chicago Project Manager, at 312-863-6044 or

MPC and Placemaking Chicago are grateful for the generous contributions of our sponsors and donors:

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation



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