Parks & Public Spaces
Lakeview is home to several parks and public spaces. The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, with funding from Special Service Area 27, has created new public spaces in the neighborhood to provide pedestrians a place to linger and enjoy free public programming
The Lincoln Hub
Intersection of Lincoln/Southport/Wellington
The Lincoln Hub installation at Lincoln/Wellington/Southport combines traffic calming, pedestrian improvements and public art to create a memorable focal point for the Lincoln Avenue corridor in Lakeview. Painted corner bump-outs at the Lincoln Hub help to slow traffic to safer speeds while reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians by 34%. The bump-outs also increase the pedestrian space, providing room for new seating and landscaping that welcomes people to linger. The intersection features a colorful, attention-grabbing art installation painted on the street and sidewalk surface on all six corners, which visually ties the corners together and highlights the area as the heart of the neighborhood.
The Lincoln Hub is part of a larger placemaking plan aimed at making Lincoln Avenue between Diversey and Belmont a more attractive place to visit, live and do business. The plan identified smaller-budget, short-term improvement projects—including sidewalk seating, landscaping, and artistic motifs—that could be implemented along four blocks of Lincoln Avenue, serving as a temporary intervention until the City begins a more significant streetscape overhaul. The plan is based on community input from more than 250 people gathered in two public open house meetings and through an online survey. The project was funded by Special Service Area 27 and designed by Site Design Group, earning a 2015 Charter Award from the Illinois Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Beneath the Southport CTA Station
The Low-Line Plaza is a community gathering space beneath the Southport CTA station that serves the surrounding community year-round. New amenities, including a sidewalk seating area and brick paver pathway, create a more positive experience for commuters, shoppers and residents alike. The plaza also serves as a permanent home for the Low-Line Market and hosts pop-up murals and other programming. The ongoing improvements have been funded by Special Service Area 27.
3339 N. Lincoln Ave. and 3637 N. Southport Ave.
People Spots are pedestrian decks that extend the sidewalk into the street to create welcoming seasonal public spaces with landscaping and seating to be enjoyed by the community and visitors. They are part of the Chicago Department of Transportation's Make Way for People program, which aims to create public spaces that cultivate community and culture in Chicago’s neighborhoods through placemaking. Lakeview's People Spots are maintained and installed from April through November each year by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce with funding from Special Service Area 27. The Southport People Spot features an iconic public art bench and received an award from AIA Chicago in 2014. The Lincoln Avenue People Spot features cafe tables and chairs and chaise lounge seats. Both People Spots were designed locally by dSPACE Studio.
There are several Chicago Park District parks, playlots and facilities in Lakeview:
- Chi Che Wang Playlot Park (1719 W. Wolfram St.)
- Juniper Park (3652 N. Greenview Ave.)
- Lois Klein Park (3538-3540 N. Lincoln Ave.)
- Margaret Donahue Park (1230 W. School St.)
- Merryman Playlot Park (3736 N. Marshfield Ave.)
- Sheil Park (3505 N. Southport Ave.)
- South Lakeview Playground Park (1300 W. Wolfram St.)
- Wieboldt Playlot Park (1747 W. Nelson St.)