LINCOLN SQUARE — Lincoln Square’s Ainslie Arts Plaza has new seating, planters and lights so neighbors can enjoy warmer days ahead. Now, the area’s chamber of commerce is seeking an artist to design a new logo for the plaza.
The push to revitalize North Lincoln Avenue kicked off last year when artist Andrea Jablonski installed a new mural at the plaza, located on a triangle-shaped block that sits just east of the McDonald’s at 4844 N. Lincoln Ave.
The pedestrian plaza is the southern anchor of Ald. Andre Vasquez’s (40th) plan to bring more business, walkability and vibrancy to the northern half of Lincoln Avenue’s commercial district.
“We recently installed new lights above the tables and some Adirondack chairs,” said Rudy Flores, the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce’s executive director. “And those green boxes that have the lights strung between people are planters and the area east of the plaza will also be landscaped in May.”
The chamber is now looking for someone to design a new logo and branding for the plaza that would be featured on the plaza’s planters and pylons, he said. The deadline to apply is April 30.
“We’re not necessarily asking for an artist to design something and submit it to us. It can be previous work and an outline of the direction they would go in at the plaza,” Flores said.
The chamber will select an artist by May 7 and branding is expected to be installed by the end of May. For more information on how to apply, click here.
Vasquez and the chamber have also extended an invitation to members of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce to tour the stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Western to Catalpa avenues in an effort to get more Black-owned businesses in the area.
“I’ve always wanted to work against the city’s segregation and as we’re identifying empty storefronts I thought made sense to show people what we’re looking at and the arts district we’re creating,” Vasquez said. “I also want other chambers like the Illinois Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce and LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois to check out what we’re working on. The more attention we bring to the area the more it helps us build it all up.”
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