Chicago Avenue has never been busier. An influx of fast moving cars and trucks has made our city’s namesake street unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. We need a diet—a “road diet.” Transitioning Chicago Avenue into a “complete street”—one designed for pedestrians, bicyclists, buses, and cars alike—would help address this challenge. As a two-lane road with a central turning lane, bicycle lanes, and sidewalk bump-outs, Chicago Avenue would promote more foot traffic without reducing street parking. Complete streets help small businesses grow by making shopping and walking in our community safer and more appealing to patrons. Reducing noisy traffic and providing space for all transit types encourages the community to spend more time outside and in our businesses.

A Chicago Avenue complete street transition fits West Town’s needs. In a recent survey nearly half of respondents indicated that they wanted Chicago Avenue to be more pedestrian friendly. Additionally, our residents are four times more likely to use bikes to get to work, and are more likely to use mass transit than the rest of Chicago, so there is both a demand and need for more transit options on Chicago Avenue. With the combined support of our community, West Town Chamber of Commerce, and city officials, Chicago Avenue can become a city-wide destination by promoting the health, safety, and economy in just a few simple steps.

 

(Partnerships: CDOT, DPD, and Aldermanic offices)

Chicago Avenue Before Road Diet Conversion
Chicago Avenue After Road Diet Conversion

Let's Make Chicago Avenue More

Pedestrian and Bicycle

Friendly

Let's Make West

Town a Leader in Sustainability

Let's Celebrate West Town's Character and Diversity

Let's Encourage Small Business Development

in West Town

Let's Make West Town

a Center for Art and

The Creative Economy

Chicago Avenue Before Road Diet Conversion
Chicago Avenue After Road Diet Conversion
Chicago Avenue Before Road Diet Conversion
Chicago Avenue After Road Diet Conversion
Chicago Avenue Before Road Diet Conversion
Chicago Avenue After Road Diet Conversion