Northcenter Town Square transforms an existing plaza and dead-end cul-de-sac into a neighborhood hub that includes a new play area, a large raised lawn, and a covered performance stage.
NORTHCENTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, SSA #38, ALDERMAN 47TH WARD, AND CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (CDOT)
Northcenter Town Square
The existing urban plaza at Northcenter Town Square was little more than a grid of dying trees, and tired old paving, adjacent to a dead-end cul-de-sac. Outside of occasional programmed activities—street festivals, farmer’s markets, neighborhood concerts— the space generally sat empty. PORT developed a concept that unified the existing plaza and cul-de-sac to accommodate the existing programming and revitalize the space for daily neighborhood use.
Civil Engineer: Civiltech
Urban Public Realm Design
Northcenter Town Square is centrally located in the Northcenter neighborhood. The square has long served as both a formal and informal gathering and event space for the community. Community feedback revealed overwhelming support for the closure of the cul-de-sac to expand the Town Square.