Park Ridge Uptown District

Park Ridge, Illinois

The Lakota Group participated as a member of a development team hired by the City of Park Ridge to prepare a master plan and urban design for a key multi-block area in its Uptown district. The plan focuses on the pedestrian-oriented “Main Street” character of the district by framing street walls with first-floor retail and upper-story residential uses. The streetscape design establishes the theme for future redevelopment efforts throughout Uptown. A design theme was developed to complement and reflect the Art Deco architecture of the Pickwick Theater, a historic focal building in the heart of the Uptown district. As part of a second design phase, Lakota also created redevelopment and streetscape design concepts for the City Commons, which comprises Uptown’s central open space, library complex, and adjacent blocks.