Last July 13, Friends of Downtown, Perkins+Will, and Site Design Group convened a charrette at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago to assemble and engage local stakeholders and begin a conversation about the future of South Grant Park. Chicago’s Front Lawn, a local and national treasure and a central focus of Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s 1909 master plan for the city, has seen major projects completed in the last decade, guided by the Grant Park 2002 framework plan. Improvements to the South end of Grant Park have been few compared to the north edge comprised of Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park.
Proposed development in the South Loop area over the next decade brings an opportunity to engage the community and local stakeholders on improvements to keep Grant Park a local, national and international destination. Major stakeholders and facilitators proposed several projects for the future which seek to balance neighborhood and regional use, increase circulation and wayfinding and create a unique identity for South Grant Park.