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A Community Vision Plan for Chinatown

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UPDATE: The draft Chinatown Community Vision Plan is now available!

Executive Summary of the draft plan:
English
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Full version of draft plan: 
The full version of the plan is available here



If you would like to provide any comments or suggestions, please email your comments to bvallecillos@cmap.illinois.gov or mail them to the address below by January 8, 2015.

Berenice Vallecillos
CMAP
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

In 1912, the Chinatown community moved from the southern edge of downtown Chicago to its present location centered at Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue. The neighborhood has developed its own unique sense of place over the years, but Chinatown has never had its own plan to guide development in ways that align with community priorities.

The Chinatown Community Vision Plan will provide a framework for future decision making that aligns with long-term goals, and is the result of nearly two years of work led by the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) with the Chinatown community's residents, business owners, workers, and community leaders.

Planning Study Area

The boundaries of the study area for the Community Vision Plan are 18th Street to the north, the Stevenson Expressway to the south, Clark Street to the east, and the Chicago River to the west. Plan recommendations tied to place fall within this study area, which represents the commercial core of the Chinatown neighborhood. They also reflect the broader context of greater Chinatown, a much larger area that includes many adjacent neighborhoods, which are home to significant numbers of Asian-American residents (many of whom are Chinese American). 

Public Engagement

Public engagement—particularly for traditionally underrepresented populations—is an important element of a sound and comprehensive planning process. To give Chinatown residents and stakeholders a voice in the development of the Community Vision Plan, the project employed various different outreach tools and methods to better understand and address the needs of the community as a whole.

The Community Outreach Memorandum (available in the Related Documents section below) highlights the outreach efforts undertaken throughout the main public engagement phase of the planning process, and presents key findings of existing issues, challenges, and opportunities in Chinatown that were identified through these activities.

Community Town Hall Meetings
A community town hall meeting was held on December 9, 2013 at Pui Tak Center to share the key findings of the public engagement process and gather more detailed input from the Chinatown community to help guide the development of the plan.

Another community town hall meeting was held on December 8, 2014 at the Pui Tak Center to present the draft recommendations of the Community Vision Plan to the entire Chinatown community for its review.

Timeline

  • Project initiation (April, 2013)
  • Community outreach and engagement (April – December, 2013)
  • Study of existing conditions and opportunities (April – October, 2013)
  • Preliminary recommendations (January – February, 2014)
  • Development of draft Community Vision Plan (March – June, 2014)
  • Plan completion and approval (July, 2014 – January, 2015)
  • Community implementation of plan (begins February, 2015)

Contacts

C.W. Chan, CBCAC Chairman (cwchanpls@yahoo.com or 312-933-7373)

Stephen Ostrander, CMAP Senior Planner (sostrander@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8696)

Berenice Vallecillos, CMAP Outreach Associate (bvallecillos@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8623)

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