Creating an Inviting and Forward-Thinking LaSalle Street

We're working with the City of Chicago to create a new vision for downtown's LaSalle Street, stretching from the Riverwalk to Jackson.

A more neighborhood-oriented public realm along LaSalle Street’s sidewalks and plazas is a key element of the City of Chicago’s corridor revitalization goals. The visioning process will help: 

  • Ensure public spaces are conducive to the area’s transition from a monoculture of offices to a dynamic, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-used environment. 
  • Identify public realm improvements and programming opportunities to stitch together significant civic and cultural assets, such as City Hall and the Riverwalk.  
  • Identify opportunities for improved sidewalk amenities, enhanced lighting, new landscaping, public art, and other amenities consistent with mixed-use neighborhoods. 
  • Propose lighting solutions and ways to integrate technology to make LaSalle a Smart Street.  
  • Identify opportunities for short-term and long-term placemaking activations. 
  • Envision ways to help connect the public realm to the grand lobbies and halls within historic corridor buildings.  

To set a clear direction for transforming LaSalle’s public realm between the Riverwalk and Jackson Boulevard, the City of Chicago’s Departments of Planning and Development (DPD) and Transportation (CDOT) are collaborating with an expert consulting team that includes MurrayTwohig, All Together, Blue Daring, KOO, Hugh Lighting Design and AECOM. CDOT is also conducting an engineering assessment of existing physical and structural conditions along the LaSalle corridor.  

Once complete, the LaSalle Street Vision and the Engineering Assessment will together inform the City of Chicago’s future procurement of a world-class team to design a safe, inviting and innovative public realm that reflects the vision.  

Share Your Experience and Vision

This May and June, the City of Chicago is inviting residents, workers, visitors, students, and others to help shape the LaSalle Street Vision. There will be multiple opportunities to share personal perspectives and ideas on how to make the corridor a more welcoming street. 

  • Public Open House: Wednesday, May 29 2024, 4 -6 p.m. at the Rookery Lobby, 209 S. LaSalle St (RSVP here)
  • Pop-up Workshop: Sunday, June 16 2024, 11 a.m- 6 p.m. at Sundays on State event (info here)

Images from the City of Chicago.