Awards Season

By The Lakota Group  |  October 24, 2018

We are excited to announce that The Lakota Group has received two American Planning Association Awards this year! The Peoria Avenue BRT Land Use Framework was selected for the APA-OK 2018 Outstanding Plan Award: Lakota helped implement a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service for Peoria Avenue, a main north-south corridor adjacent to downtown Tulsa.... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Awards + Accolades

Newsiest of News

By The Lakota Group  |  May 17, 2018

25 YEARS AND COUNTING: This year marks Lakota’s 25th anniversary, and we are celebrating with a #LAKOTA25 CAMPAIGN. A series of blog posts on the 25th of each month highlight the range of work we have done over the past 25 years, and what’s ahead for Lakota. Be on the lookout for social media posts... Read More

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2018 Promotions

By The Lakota Group  |  May 11, 2018

The Lakota Group is excited to announce the promotions of two of our long-time team members: KEVIN CLARK, PLA AICP  joined Lakota in 2005 and has been serving as our Director of Design since 2015. As a newly-promoted Principal, Kevin will continue to oversee all design aspects of the firm, as well as lead urban... Read More

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Biomimicry & Community Engagement: What Nature Can Teach Us About Building Strong Communities

By Rachael Smith  |  February 13, 2018

Here at The Lakota Group, we’ve been talking about how to best engage communities so that the projects we work on are truly community driven. This conversation has been happening simultaneously with a personal exploration of biomimicry and how it can be applied to urban planning. Biomimicry is the practice of looking to nature to... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research

A Return to Democratic Space

By Kevin Clark  |  August 16, 2017

So much discussion in recent months has focused on the division in our country; a discord that has played out across multiple platforms, including news outlets, social media, public protests, massive marches, and town hall meetings. In the midst of these events, I’ve looked back on the places I’ve visited and worked—red and blue states,... Read More

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Welcoming the New Lakotans

By The Lakota Group  |  July 10, 2017

We are very excited to welcome the New Lakotans! Jonathan Smith – Senior Landscape Architect Siraj Asfahani – Associate Rachael Smith – Associate Our Team is growing and we couldn’t be more excited about our new additions. Read More

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Lakota’s New Look: New Brand, New Vibe

By Becky Hurley  |  October 1, 2016

We at Lakota pride ourselves on being able to listen to folks, synthesize what we hear about their values, histories and goals, and then pull it all together into a creative whole. So when faced with the need to take a deep look at our own Lakota brand, it was a rare chance to sit... Read More

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Milwaukee Redux – the 2016 Main Street Now Conference

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  June 2, 2016

Every morning this past month of May, I’ve mistakenly typed “mainst” into my laptop computer password field at work. Such an annoying occurrence — it was my old password from the laptop I had while working for the National Main Street Center so many years ago. But I know why I was doing it —... Read More

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Tactical Urbanism, Sunnyside-Up!

By The Lakota Group  |  September 4, 2015

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Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research, Project Stories

Movin’ On Up!

By The Lakota Group  |  July 29, 2015

The Lakota Group celebrates its hard-working team members and their new titles. Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Awards + Accolades

CNU-IL and AIA-Chicago Host “Tactical Urbanism Slam”

By Becky Hurley  |  June 1, 2015

On Thursday May 7th at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Kyle Smith of CNT and Ian Sisson of The Lakota Group co-hosted a “Tactical Urbanism Slam” with their respective organizations, the Congress for New Urbanism – Illinois Chapter (CNU-IL), and the American Institute of Architects Chicago Chapter (AIA Chicago). The event featured eight speakers with... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research

Daniel Speaks at 2014 Mississippi River Conference

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  October 15, 2014

Daniel has been invited to speak this week at the 2014 Mississippi River Conference in Moline about a web-based forum for community dialog that Lakota recently helped some wonderful long-term clients establish. For almost 20 years Lakota has worked closely with the Quad Cities community and with River Action, a Davenport-based organization that advocates for... Read More

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CANstruction: The Lakota Group Gorilla Wins the People’s Choice Award!

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  September 16, 2014

Did you happen to notice an 8-foot tall silverback gorilla tromping through the Merchandise Mart recently?  Then you may have seen the CANstruction Chicago 2014 entry designed and built by The Lakota Group and its teammates Valenti Builders and Myefski Architects.  “CANsanova Knuckle-Crushes Hunger,” took home the People’s Choice Award as well as the ribbon... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Awards + Accolades

Battling Hunger with Creative Muscle

By The Lakota Group  |  June 30, 2014

You may have noticed them if you’ve walked through the Merchandise Mart sometime in late August through early September. They stand about 10 feet tall and resemble anything from a waterfall to Garfield to a hotdog. Of course, we are talking about Chicago’s annual CANstruction event. For the past several years, Chicago’s leading AEC firms... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Uncategorized

Visiting Detroit at the 2014 National Main Street Conference

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  June 4, 2014

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post – more than a year in fact. Well, I thought I’d make up for my extended absence from the keyboard by chronicling my attendance at the National Main Street Conference, held this year in Detroit – the “Motor City!” – a place I’d come... Read More

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Photos: Lakota Hosts Happy Hour for APA Conference

By The Lakota Group  |  April 17, 2013

The American Planning Association recently held its national conference in Chicago and for the special occasion, we held a happy hour to bring together our friends in the planning world. While the location of the event was originally planned for our office courtyard, we moved it inside because it was a tad bit chilly (just... Read More

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Transit-Oriented Downtown Evanston

By The Lakota Group  |  April 1, 2013

Abutting Chicago’s North Side, Evanston has developed a reputation as a desirable, transit-oriented community that promotes economic growth without compromising its unique sense of place. For the APA’s National Planning Conference being held in Chicago from April 13-17, Kevin Clark, Lakota Group vice president, will give a tour of Evanston’s mixed-used downtown and will talk... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research, In The News

A Few Brews

By Jason Addington  |  February 20, 2013

Just before the holidays, a few of us at Lakota got together at my house to eat some pizza and brew a little beer.   It was a fairly cold night to be brewing on my back deck, but with a few layers and a few…umm, beverages, we were able to stay warm and complete several... Read More

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Happy Holidays!

By The Lakota Group  |  December 21, 2012

This photo was taken by Daniel Grove, associate principal at The Lakota Group. The image was taken in the Pleasant District of historic downtown Oak Park, Ill., where The Lakota Group did the streetscape design using a rich variety of materials, such as natural stone, brick street/sidewalk paving, custom site furnishings, a central water feature,... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Project Stories

Bike Sharing is Coming to Chicago

By The Lakota Group  |  November 28, 2012

Here at The Lakota Group, we have a few employees who ride their bikes regularly to work (Megan and Jason), so we were happy to hear that Chicago is bringing bike love to everyone come Spring 2013. The Chicago Department of Transportation is asking anyone who is interested to post on a map where he... Read More

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My Life With the Bagpipes

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  November 13, 2012

This blog post is not my usual, straight-laced update posting on Lakota projects and happenings. Nope, it’s not even my customary musings about some cool, forlorn old buildings I happened to come across during a work assignment. This time around, I thought I’d write about my quirky but somewhat intriguing (to some) little hobby, one... Read More

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Thinking Big for a Backyard Redesign

By Kevin Clark  |  October 18, 2012

The Challenge Very few professions elicit requests for help from family, friends and–let’s face it– acquaintances, like landscape architecture does. At some point, essentially every person I have known has asked me some form of this question: “Can you (show me a few ideas/tell me what’s wrong with this tree/pick out some plants/completely redesign) my... Read More

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Tour de Cincinnati

By The Lakota Group  |  October 10, 2012

  I recently had the opportunity to spend a long weekend back in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Every time I take a trip back I’m eager to experience the slow, but steady, revitalization of downtown and the near neighborhoods. This time, it was a little bit more exciting because I was hauling my bike... Read More

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The Power of Community — Green Apple Day of Service

By The Lakota Group  |  October 2, 2012

I recently spent my Saturday participating in the Green Apple Day of Service program, organized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  I had volunteered months back and had been paired with a school that was requesting professional assistance.  In this case, I became partnered with two adjacent schools in Blue Island that were... Read More

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Change–The Only Constant at the Lurie Garden

By The Lakota Group  |  September 27, 2012

Last year, I had the opportunity to intern at the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park, designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Piet Oudolf. While working in the garden, I was reminded daily of a design element that distinguishes the practice landscape architecture from other design disciplines –change in the landscape over time. Completed in... Read More

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Historic Theaters and Revitalizing Traditional Commercial Districts – Recent Lakota Work

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  April 12, 2012

Over the past year, the Lakota Group has had a full plate of work with challenging commercial district planning work in three very distinct communities and neighborhoods  – the Six Corners commercial district in Chicago’s ethnically diverse northwest side; downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, once one of the state’s most bustling industrial hubs; and Momence, Illinois, a small... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research, In The News, Project Stories

Neighborhoods, Master Plans and Tivoli Lights: An End of The Year Lakota Group Update

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  December 22, 2011

An old Lakota Sioux proverb says that it takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.  We thought it would be a good opportunity to provide a brief update on our project portfolio – projects that showcase the depth and talent of our team of planners and designers. From all of us at Lakota, we... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Project Stories

Welcome to the Lakota Group Blog

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  October 11, 2011

“It is observed that in any great endeavor, it is not enough for a person to depend on himself” – Lakota proverb. The Lakota Sioux Native-Americans of the Great Plains lived their lives according to the ideals of community, cooperation, generosity and strength.  For the Lakota, strong communities are not possible without cooperation, trust and... Read More

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