The Village of Calumet Park sits between the southwest corner of the City of Chicago and the City of Blue Island, and the Little Calumet River forms its southern boundary. Located 15 miles southwest of Chicago's Loop, the Village has convenient access to commuter rail via the Ashland Metra station. Interstate 57, the western extension of the Dan Ryan Expressway, passes through the Village's west side and provides direct access to the Loop, which led to rapid population growth after 1950, in turn spurring the development of thriving commercial strips along 127th Street and Ashland Avenue. For demographic information, view the Calumet Park Community Data Snapshot.
With support from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, Calumet Park will develop a planning priorities report that will document the Village's major challenges and propose near-term actions to address them.
The planning process consists of three phases to be completed over approximately six months. The first phase will involve an analysis of existing conditions, using information and public input gathered by CMAP staff in collaboration with the Village. This analysis will be summarized in a memo and serve as the foundation for future phases. During the second phase, initial recommendations will be created and vetted with Village staff and officials. The final phase will include the creation of a consensus-based planning priorities report with near-term strategies for the Village's leadership and appointed officials.