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West Loop Design Guidelines

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The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is developing design guidelines to foster excellence in design within the West Loop. As the West Loop has evolved, the City of Chicago has undertaken planning efforts to encourage the thoughtful re-development of this area.

The proposed project boundaries under consideration are pictured to the right. A detailed version can be viewed at this link.

This project will build upon previous planning efforts to ensure that the West Loop continues to build on the central area characteristics of an employment, transportation, cultural and residential center for the city; while maintaining the urban character and scale that has made it so attractive.

To accomplish this, the City has convened a working group of West Loop stakeholders, including residents, developers, community organizations and other local leaders. The working group met first on March 13, 2017, to kick-off the project and set expectations for the design guidelines process.

  West Loop

Results from all three working group meetings can be downloaded at the links below.

On Saturday, April 22, DPD hosted a community workshop to accomplish the following goals:

  • Acknowledge neighborhood concerns regarding density and height in new developments
  • Clarify the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus
  • Discuss existing City review processes
  • Demonstrate and discuss tools for the community, developers and the City to support high quality design

The workshop culminated in five informational and interactive activity stations where participants could learn more and provide input. Resources from the workshop can be viewed below.

On Thursday, July 13, DPD hosted another community workshop to accomplish the following goals:

  • Provide a project update
  • Recap community input to date
  • Review urban design best practices applicable to the West Loop
  • Gather public feedback on draft design guidelines

The workshop culminated in several interactive poster stations where participants could read draft guidelines (grouped by topic) and provide input. Resources from the workshop can be viewed below.

Draft Design Guidelines 

The draft design guidelines can be found below. Public comment will be accepted until Monday, September 18, 2017. You may submit public comment in the following ways:

  • Email DPD at dpd@cityofchicago.org
  • Drop in on the public open house from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph St., #3W

DPD will present the design guidelines to Plan Commission at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20. This meeting is open to the public and attendees will be invited to provide comment at that time as well.