Placemaking: Englewood (near Honore and 64th Street)
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: 6402 S. Honore Street, a property recently purchased by I Grow Chicago
- Its Current State: I Grow is working to develop a Peace House in a community where people are often afraid to leave their homes due to violence.
- The Plan: Starting on August 15 at 4 p.m., I Grow volunteers will organize an intergenerational community dinner with peace-themed activities and discussion. I Grow Chicago’s executive director and youth coordinator have recently been chosen as delegates for the upcoming UN Peace Conference, and hope to share the Englewood residents’ perspective there. At the meal, community members can also participate in the organization’s “Express Your Peace” art project by decorating a wooden sculpture with their interpretation of “What does peace feel like to you?” Once the Peace House is renovated and open to the public, these pieces will be featured in a large installation.
- The Vision: I Grow Chicago hopes that the Peace House will serve as a safe space for Englewood resident to connect with other community members and simply “just be.”
- The Total Cost: $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.