ROGERS PARK — Ald. Joe Moore launched a design competition Tuesday for a new neighborhood logo that would be featured on several of 100 new bike racks.
The logo would be cut into decorative racks located at high-traffic areas of the neighborhood, Moore said in an email to his constituents.
In 2010, residents voted to spend $105,000 of Moore's 49th Ward discretionary budget on 15 artistic, multi-functional bike racks. But the city shot down the idea, citing safety and cost concerns.
So instead, Moore said, the money would be used to install nearly 100 bike racks, a few of them featuring the new logo.
"Several Chicago neighborhoods use custom logos on their bike racks to build community identity, improve the look of commercial streets, and add a little local creativity to an otherwise purely functional object on the public way," Moore said.
The competition is limited to artists who either live in Rogers Park or have a studio in the neighborhood. Submissions are due by Sept. 10.
A committee, made up of participatory budgeting leaders and staff members of the Rogers Park Business Alliance will narrow the submissions to no more than six finalists.
The neighborhood will then be invited to vote for the winner on Oct. 5.
The artist with the winning logo design will be awarded $500.
View the official request for designs here.
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