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City Seeks Feedback From West Loop Neighbors As It Plans Randolph’s Future

The Chicago Department of Transportation aims to finalize plans to revamp the strip before the end of this year.

The city is planning the future of Randolph Street.
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WEST LOOP — Neighbors and area businesses will be asked to weigh in on the future of Randolph Street at a meeting later this week in West Loop.

The Chicago Department of Transportation will host an open house to gather input from residents from run 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chicago Training Center for Plumbers Local 130, 1400 W. Washington Blvd.

As part of the city’s Randolph Street Corridor Improvement Study, the city is gathering input “to help establish a shared vision for reutilizing the public right-of-way,” according to a flyer from the city’s Department of Transportation.

“This is the first step in the process — and we are really looking forward to getting input from all those who live and work in the area,” Michael Claffey, a spokesman for the agency, said in an email.

The study will look aim to improve Randolph Street between North Desplaines Street to North Ogden Avenue. The agency aims to finalize their plans to revamp the strip before the end of this year.

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The city is planning the future of Randolph Street.

The corridor historically served as an open-air market where farmers would sell produce to the public. Now known for its restaurants and businesses, the street has been unofficially called the West Loop’s restaurant row.

As part of the improvement study, the city is evaluating transportation, land use, opportunities for new public spaces, and the reconfiguration of the street, according to officials.

Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation
Chicago Department of Transportation looks to revitalize Randolph Street in West Loop.

The agency began collecting data on Randolph Street last fall.

The city plans to host additional Randolph Street community meetings in the spring and summer.

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