Urban Planning and Design

Redefine Lake Shore Drive Concept

The Active Transportation Alliance of Chicago has proposed that the City of Chicago think big for the new Lakeshore Drive (Grand to Hollywood Avenues). They want to encourage the main focus to shift toward making the lakefront more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. GPD Has been asked to provide the future concept sketch. This vision includes mass transit along Lake Shore Drive, more East-to-West underpasses, and multiple bike and walking trails for everyone to enjoy the lakefront.



The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago's Lakefront Parks


Thom Greene, Architect, is working with other Architects and Friends of the Parks to complete

the last four miles of Chicago's 30 mile long lakefront park space.

Linking the lakefront neighborhoods together, extending the bike/pedestrian trail,

and enhancing quality of life are just a few benefits of seeing this long-term project through.


The Last Four Miles Design Team was awarded the Regional & Urban Design Citation of Merit from

the Association of Illinois Architects (AIA) in and was also honored by Friends of the Parks in 2009


Please visit the Friends of the Parks website

to look at the current plans and watch a recently completed video about the project!

Click here to view the awards write-up in Chicago Architect Magazine


  North Side Federal Savings' Parking Lot, Andersonville Neighborhood

GPD recently designed a beautifully landscaped and environmentally conscious parking lot in Andersonville. The lot is constructed from attractive, locally manufactured, permeable pavers that will save nearly 70,000 gallons of rain water per year from flowing into the city's storm sewer. The energy efficient LED lighting provides security and signage lighting, and consumes just 195 total watts. TerraFence, composed of reclaimed plastic and wheat straw, lines the perimeter and is practically maintenance free. Finally, the indigenous landscaping is not only beautiful, but hardy and drought resistant.

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Winfield, Illinois

GPD participated in the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) program that works with existing greater Chicago municipalities to develop 3 urban planning scenarios each. One of these plans could potentially be completed by the year 2040

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The South Shore Concept, Chicago

This large scale plan to finish the southernmost 2 miles of Chicago's lakefront includes a variety of connections it the city, Lake Michigan, and neighborhood parks including picnic pavilions, beaches, and wildlife/natural areas. This design is one concept for maximizing the value and public use of this undeveloped public area.


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The Calumet Genesis Energy Park

The Calumet Genesis Energy park is a proposed concept for the conversion of existing silos on the Calumet river into a renewable clean energy resource. Using anaerobic digestion, natural gas can be created from organic waste. The development includes the energy center, materials transportation areas, and a visitors' center.


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Streetscape: Bryn Mawr Historic District

GPD designed the streetscape and community identifiers for Chicago's Historic Bryn Mawr Avenue, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The signs' color and style reflect the color scheme of the Belle Shore Apartment Building. The area was revitalized with new sidewalks, trees, planters, and street posts.

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Streetscape: Andersonville Neighborhood

In Chicago's Andersonville community the sidewalks, street lamps, benches, banners, and planters echo GPD's influence over Clark Street's one mile stretch. The photo below illustrates a typical corner sitting area in the community. Custom formed identifiers, like the one pictured to the right, mark each corner throughout Andersonville.

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Andersonville Physical Guidelines


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21st Century Lakefront Park Competition*

Our concept placed amongst the top 30, out of more than 100, entries in the

Graham Foundation's Chicago Lakefront Park Competition.

Click the above images for detailed views of the plan



* This plan is the sole design and property of Thom Greene, Architect. It is not affiliated with the City of Chicago

or Friends of the Parks. There are neither plans, nor is it anyone's pursuit, to build this design.

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