West Loop

West Loop Design Guidelines

West Loop aerial

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 and again on April 17, 2017 to review content for the first community workshop.

  West Loop

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

On Saturday, April 22, the Department of Planning and Development 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, but please review the other materials before completing the survey:

The online survey will be open until May 8, 2017. Afterward, the project team will work toward a set of draft design guidelines that will be further refined at a final working group meeting and subsequent community workshop. The draft design guidelines and details about the final public workshop will be posted at this page when available.