Placemaking: Rogers Park (near Clark Street and Estes Avenue)
As part of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s 2014 Placemaking Challenge, volunteers will spend one weekend in August transforming and renovating underused spaces in their communities. Every $10 donation made through this page will help volunteers complete the following project.
- The Site: 7070 N. Clark Street, the site of the demolished Adelphi Theater
- Its Current State: An empty lot with a hole in the ground surrounded by a cyclone fence. A sign on the fence indicates that the property would be auctioned off in 2012, but that never happened, nor did the development project for which the Aldephi was demolished.
- The Plan: Sandia Loteria!, an event held on August 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., will invite neighbors and volunteers to play Loteria—a Mexican game of chance—listen to live music, eat watermelon, and compete in a seed-spitting contest. Residents can also create new Loteria cards that reflect their ideas for transforming the site.
- The Vision: Volunteers hope to inspire the community to see the potential in the vacant space—some have already suggested turning it into a tilapia farm or community garden—and inspire future events to continue the momentum of change.
- The Total Cost: $1,500
Metropolitan Planning Council’s 2014 Placemaking Challenge
If Chicagoland were a machine, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) would be the engineer ensuring its smooth operation. Through partnerships with businesses, communities, and governments, the MPC has worked to make Chicago a more prosperous place to live since 1934. Adhering to a philosophy of interconnectedness, the planners and developers behind the MPC understand that everything from transportation networks to public housing to the workforce fueling the economy must work together to keep the city healthy.
This summer, MPC is embarking on a quest to motivate Chicago-based individuals and community groups to activate and transform public spaces through the 2014 Placemaking Challenge. After equipping people with the necessary information and inspiration to transform underused neighborhood spots, the Placemaking challenge empowers them to make an impact. With the assistance of the community, participants will design and implement their Placemaking intervention of choice—whether transforming a trash-covered lot into a garden or adding allure to a dull retail strip—during the weekend of August 15–17.
Participants also have an opportunity to win one of four $1,000 prizes—including a Groupon Love Local Award sponsored by Groupon Grassroots—to fuel their efforts. By simply sharing and promoting their work in the neighborhood and Placemaking stories through the MPC website, participants are eligible for a prize. After a public vote and determination from MPC’s judges, winners will be selected, and all participants will celebrate at a September event.