Community meeting


8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, April 7
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle St. #1003-A
Chicago, IL

DPD staff will be available during the above office hours to respond to questions and comments on all aspects of the draft North Branch Framework and Design Guidleines. There will not be a formal presentation or new information. Interested parties can drop in at any time.

North Branch Draft Framework Plan and Design Guidelines


The draft North Branch Industrial Corridor Framework Plan and Design Guidelines were developed by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Department of Transportation (CDOT) through an extensive community engagement process that started in spring 2016.

The Design Guidelines were added as an appendix to the draft Framework on March 24, 2017. Both can be downloaded together at right. The guidelines aim to strengthen the identity of the area and support existing uses, while encouraging new, compatible development. They address design-related treatments of properties, streets and the river in order to preserve and enhance the corridor's unique character.

NOTE: Since posting the draft Framework on March 17, DPD has received only five comments. In consideration of that limited response, and to encourage additional input, Plan Commission consideration of the Framework Plan will be moved from the April meeting to Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Public comments about the Framework and Design Guidelines are being accepted through May 1, 2017, at

The draft Framework makes recommendations to refine land uses within the North Branch to more accurately accommodate existing and projected market demands, including an ongoing shift from traditional manufacturing toward advanced manufacturing, innovation, high tech offices and other uses. The draft plan also provides concise implementation strategies for improvements that relate to open space, transportation, and urban character and design.

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

Framework Plan and Design Guidelines Cover

Download the draft framework plan and design guidelines


As the first draft plan to be developed through Mayor Emanuel's Industrial Corridor modernization initiative, the framework is intended to be immediately actionable yet flexible through ongoing public and private investments that maximize development opportunities that benefit the North Branch corridor and the entire city.

The draft plan is subject to review and adoption by the Chicago Plan Commission as a formal road map for the implementation of its goals, principles and funding strategies. Some of the key land use changes will require City Council approval. Individual projects and associated funding may require additional review and approval by the City Council and other agencies.

Participation by community stakeholders was critical to the framework planning process. Public engagement included input by more than 500 individuals over the course of more than a half dozen community meetings, a pair of open houses, numerous individual meetings, and several forms of online and electronic engagement. Planning and public meeting materials are available for review below.

The final North Branch Industrial Corridor Framework Plan will be modified through the comment period to reflect ongoing refinement and discussion.


Date Materials Community Input
March 2017
Summary to come
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.