Posted on October 20, 2009 2:58 AM
by Karin Sommer, MPC
With hundreds of parks and community gardens, miles of lakefront beaches, bustling neighborhoods and city centers, and world-class architecture, everyone is sure to have a favorite public space in the Chicago region. This summer, the Metropolitan Planning Council asked residents to pick their favorite place and submit it to the "What Makes Your Place Great" contest. The response was overwhelming – more than 50 submissions from around the region – from gardens and public plazas to coffee shops and hiking trails – were nominated.
More than 8,000 votes later, four public spaces emerged as shining examples of the amazing public spaces in Chicagoland. These four spaces exemplify the way people in the region use and love their public spaces, and the positive impact the spaces have on their neighborhoods.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the people behind the four winning submissions will talk about the history of their space and how it has influenced their community at MPC’s . Come learn about how a community garden in South Chicago is helping to make the neighborhood safe, ways the retail stores in the Shops of Long Grove contribute to a sense of community, how a garden in Albany Park has brought neighbors together, and the pride Aurora resident’s have in their beautiful and historic Phillips Park.
Interested in learning more about the contest? Check out this eight-minute feature from the Sept. 24th broadcast of Chicago Tonight.
Space is limited, so register now! Register online at http://www.metroplanning.org/calendar.asp?objectID=5053. Questions? Contact Karin Sommer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-863-6044.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council Conference Center
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL. 60603
Cost for MPC donors: $15.00
Cost for non-donors: $30.00