Downtown Oak Park, Illinois

Oak Park, Illinois
  • Honored with FOUR AWARDS
  • Stimulated new private investment
  • Featured in wedding photographs, fashion ads and TV commercials

Marion Street in historic downtown Oak Park Illinois was a deteriorated, pedestrian-only street that was in need of revitalization when the Village tapped the Lakota Group to redesign this well-known commercial street. Today Marion Street is open to two-way traffic and boasts a streetscape design with a rich variety of materials and flexible outdoor gathering spaces. This project energized downtown Oak Park, spurred economic development, and led the Village to turn to the Lakota Group again to redesign South Marion Street, called the Pleasant District.

It feels like it’s been there forever, and it feels like it’s going to be there forever. … It’s kind of a bridge between the past and the future.Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb

For this second project Lakota also designed custom lighting and gateway signage that now defines this entire area as the Pleasant District. Lakota’s work along Marion Street has received numerous awards and is often seen in wedding photographs, fashion ads and TV commercials.