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North Branch Framework Plan and Design Guidelines

UPDATED May 26, 2017

The North Branch Framework is a land use plan for 760 acres along the Chicago River between Kinzie Street and Fullerton Avenue. It is the first framework developed as a part of Mayor Emanuel’s Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative, a multi-year effort to review Chicago’s designated industrial districts.

The plan, adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in May 2017, will be used by City Council to consider initial zoning changes in the area, to reset the baseline for further development proposals, and to accommodate necessary land use transitions in the North Branch area.

The framework's three main goals are to:

    • Improve the corridor as an economic engine and vital job center
    • Provide better access for all transportation modes
    • Enhance the area’s unique natural and built assets

The Department of Planning and Development will develop ordinances in summer 2017 for City Council review that will allow for the plan's proper implementation.

The Framework was drafted during an unprecedented year-long public engagement effort. The details of that process are posted below.

Framework Plan and Design Guidelines Cover

Download the framework plan


Date Materials Community Input
May 2017

Email comments

Letters and comment cards

March and April 2017
February 2017


December 2016


September 2016


August 2016


June 2016



The City also engaged North Branch stakeholders online through a digital mapping tool. Participants could add and view comments associated with specific locations throughout the corridor. View those results at this link.