Located along the North Branch of the Chicago River and steeped in the city’s rich industrial history, Lincoln Yards presents immense opportunity to strengthen neighborhood connections, stimulate economic growth, and offer recreational relief from the adjacent urban experience. The master plan for Lincoln Yards envisions a comprehensive development that will transform derelict land into a thriving urban connector with rich public resources and a lively waterfront community.
In close proximity to two of Chicago’s most iconic neighborhoods – Bucktown and Lincoln Park – Lincoln Yards will relieve congestion and channel traffic from surrounding areas with a new and robust multi-modal transportation system. Improved accessibility to adjacent highways, new bridges, parking garages, and commuter train stations will allow for substantially more fluidity for public passage. Extensions of the 606 bike trail and Riverwalk, along with new water taxi stops and shuttle services to metro stations will encourage use of alternative transportation. After a century housing industrial activity, the revitalized site of Lincoln Yards will restore commitment to sustainability, improve water quality, and provide better habitats for fish and wildlife.
The transportation initiatives at the core of the Lincoln Yards master plan will transform the site into a vibrant urban destination. With a significant portion of the site devoted to open space, parks, and plazas, Lincoln Yards will offer a diversity of recreational experiences to bolster overall community growth. Event venues, an ice skating rink, a professional soccer stadium, and thoughtful integration of public art throughout the site are among the project’s many culturally engaging elements. Incorporation of residential and commercial buildings within these public areas will contribute to the site’s economic stability, while offering residents and tenants a portal to the public realm and its available community benefits.
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