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  • Low-Line: A Vision to Connect and Beautify Lakeview

    The Low-Line is a one-of-a-kind project that would connect Southport Ave. and Paulina St. with a continuous, half-mile long walkway and garden beneath the CTA ‘L’ tracks. New amenities situated along the Low-Line will create a more positive experience for residents and visitors alike.

    The project was first introduced in the 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan as a means of connecting the neighborhood’s unique sub-districts and beautifying our neighborhood. The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, sole service provider to Special Service Area (SSA) 27, has partnered with PORT, a leading-edge design consultancy, to identify potential uses for new Low-Line spaces at Ashland and Paulina. Future Low-Line improvements will be funded by SSA 27, with additional support from local contributions made to Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    Share Your Input

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
    Lincoln Belmont Library, 1659 W. Melrose St.

    The project team will present on existing site conditions and share precedent images from other cities to gather community input before developing their designs. Please RSVP so we know how many participants will be attending.

    Existing Conditions

  • Project Background

  • Timeline


    The Lakeview Area Master Plan is unveiled, introducing the concept of the Low-Line.


    The Low-Line Market launches beneath the Southport CTA station.


    The Low-Line Market grows west of the auxiliary staircase beneath the Southport CTA station.


    A former under-'L' parking lot beneath the Southport CTA station is transformed into the Southport Plaza, complete with a hardscape, planters, public seating and space for future programming.

    Local street artists and Chicago Public School students create pop-up murals on temporary canvases at the Southport Plaza.


    The Low-Line Market celebrates its fifth season at the Southport Plaza.

    The Lakeview Chamber and SSA 27 partner with PORT, a leading-edge design consultancy, to envision future Low-Line improvements at Ashland and Paulina.

    Community members gather to discuss the future of the Low-Line from Southport to Paulina.

    Construction begins


    Construction continues

  • Steering Committee

    The Low-Line Committee consists of members of the SSA Commission, Friends of Lakeview Board of Directors and the general public who provide vision and direction for the Low-Line. For more information, click here.

    Chairperson - Jill Heise, SMR Commercial Properties

    Darian Campise, Campise Properties

    Matt Lederer, Mahogany Builders

    Erin Schwartz, resident

    Nabil Zahrah, ZED Architects

  • Additional Resources

    Community Meeting

    RSVP for the Community Meeting on March 28.

    Lakeview Area Master Plan

    Low-Line Market

    The Low-Line Market is a conveniently located and carefully curated farmers market taking place at the Southport Plaza.


    Learn more about PORT, the team responsible for designing the improvements at Ashland and Paulina.

  • Community Meeting

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    6-8 p.m.
    Lincoln/Belmont Library
    1659 W. Melrose St.


    The community meeting is open to all members of the public. Please RSVP so we know how many participants will be attending.

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