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What's Next For the Booming West Loop? City Leaders Host Workshop Saturday

By Stephanie Lulay | April 19, 2017 5:24am
 A view of Fulton Market from The Parker on West Lake Street.
A view of Fulton Market from The Parker on West Lake Street.
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WEST LOOP — West Loop residents are invited to share their opinions on the future of the booming neighborhood at a workshop with top city leaders Saturday. 

Neighbors can weigh in on development guidelines for the neighborhood at the Community Visioning Workshop from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at WeWork Fulton Market, 220 N. Green St.

The meeting is hosted by the city's Department of Planning and Development.

The Department of Planning and Development has started a process to establish new design guidelines in the West Loop. As the West Loop has evolved, city leaders are trying to encourage "thoughtful redevelopment" of the neighborhood, said Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization.

Participants are encouraged to give feedback to help the city identify how design can help address challenges and support opportunities as the neighborhood continues to grow. 

Workshop activities will cover best practices from building design around the world, prioritizing design ideas that are most suited to the West Loop, and a discussion of neighborhood amenities that would most benefit West Loop residents. 

A number of new residential buildings, hotels and office developments are being planned in the West Loop, including the new McDonald's headquarters on Randolph and the 12-story McDonald's "Vendor Village"at Lake and Carpenter. 

[Chicago Department of Planning and Development]