CHICAGO — Ten public plazas are coming to Chicago’s neighborhoods thanks to city grants, officials announced Thursday.
The plazas will be used for pop-ups, art, entertainment, gardening and more, according to a city news release. They’ll be built and managed by community groups thanks to grants of up to $500,000 from the Chicago Recovery Plan.
“These transformational projects will bring back what these sites have been missing for years: people and socioeconomic activity,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement.
Work is expected to start on the plazas this summer.
5500 W. Madison St. in Austin
The plaza will have public art, a walking trail and a play area that could be converted into an ice rink in the winter.
Fresh Market Plaza
1201 W. 63rd St. in Englewood
The trail will have a walking trail, outdoor art and amenities to emphasize health and wellbeing.
IAYV Secret Garden
The plaza will have a walking path, playground, an area for vendors, gardens and public art.
Overton Center for Excellence
221 E. 49th St. in Grand Boulevard
The project will have areas for art, nature, entertainment performances and sports.
11249 S. Halsted St. in Roseland
The plaza will have a lawn, basketball court, public art, community garden, a stage for performances and an area for food trucks.
WACA Bell Park
1921 S. Drake Ave. in North Lawndale
This project will improve on an existing space by enhancing its basketball facilities and adding a mural and other art, improved seating, playground equipment and a space for public gatherings.
3342 W. Chicago Ave. in Humboldt Park
This plaza will be used as a family-friendly playscape with room for performance art and activities.
4628 N. Winthrop Ave. in Uptown
This plaza will improve access to a community garden and will create amenities for outdoor workshops and performances.
5850 W. Chicago Ave. in Austin
This plaza will create a community gathering space for events.
1539 W.63rd St. in West Englewood
The plaza will host small festivals, performances, pop-ups for local vendors and other events.
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