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

    The Low-Line project envisions a one-of-a-kind landmark destination that would connect Southport and Lincoln avenues with a continuous, half-mile long art walk and garden beneath the CTA ‘L’ tracks. New Low-Line plazas situated at Southport, Ashland and Paulina along the future Low-Line path will incorporate interactive lighting, seating elements, public art, and pathway improvements, creating 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 has partnered with PORT, a leading-edge design consultancy, to identify potential uses for the Low-Line plazas, which will be funded by Special Service Area (SSA) 27. Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will raise funds to create pathways that will connect the plazas and complete the continuous walkway and gardens.

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    Existing Conditions


  • Project Background

  • Timeline

    2011

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

    2013

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

    2015

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

    2016

    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.

    2017

    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.

    Low-Line Mural Walls installed at the Southport Plaza.

    2018

    Construction continues on Low-Line spaces.

  • 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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Have questions about the Low-Line project? Read our answers to frequently asked questions here.

    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.

    PORT

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

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