Wheeling Restaurant Row Corridor Plan

Missed the Community Open House on Wednesday, July 20th? No problem! View the exhibits and take the follow up survey!


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The Village of Wheeling has engaged The Lakota Group, a Chicago-based firm, to create a Corridor Plan for Restaurant Row, to enhance connectivity, encourage economic development, and create a vibrant streetscape along Milwaukee Avenue and the western edge of the Des Plaines River. The Plan will build a dynamic vision for the corridor that emphasizes walkability, placemaking, and revitalization. The project team will assess existing physical conditions, conduct market analysis, explore placemaking and streetscape design solutions, and identify funding and implementation strategies.

The corridor plan objectives include:

• Creating a distinct identity for the corridor

• Enhancing buildings and public spaces

• Improving access to the Des Plaines River

• Strengthening overall quality-of-life within the Village

We need your help to create a vision for the corridor! The planning process will include meeting with Village stakeholders and leaders, online surveys, and community workshops to ensure that the final plan is informed by the needs and desires of the community. Scroll to the participate section to learn more about how you can get involved!





The Village of Wheeling hosted the second community open house for Wheeling’s Restaurant Row Corridor Plan, Wednesday July 20th to discuss how we can make the corridor the best it can be! The open house included a series of informative and interactive engagement stations centered around concept studies that envision the future of the corridor, new branding for Restaurant Row, and urban design and streetscape enhancements.

Missed the open house?! No problem! View the exhibits from the open house to see what was discussed and take the follow up survey to share your thoughts and ideas. We need your input!


Open House #1: The Village of Wheeling hosted the first community workshop for Wheeling’s Restaurant Row Corridor Plan, Thursday February 24th. The workshop included a series of informative and interactive engagement stations to give the community an opportunity to learn more about the project and share thoughts and ideas about the future of Wheeling’s Restaurant Row Corridor.  View the exhibits to see what was discussed.


The project team will undertake an inclusive public participation program that engages stakeholders and community members in an effective and meaningful way. The goal of this open and transparent public engagement effort is to build community trust and gather the feedback and insights needed to create a thoughtful vision for the future of the Restaurant Row Corridor and riverfront. Your insights, opinions, and ideas are important to us as we develop the plan. There will be several ways you can share your input over the coming months, including stakeholder interviews, online surveys, and community workshops.

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All community engagement exhibits and final reports will be available for download below.

• Wheeling Restaurant Row Existing Conditions Presentation – This presentation provides a summary of the initial findings from Phase 1 and will act as a guide during this planning process. It was presented virtually to the Steering Committee on December 14, 2021 and was further revised based on the Steering Committee’s valuable feedback!\

• Wheeling Restaurant Row Community Workshop #1 Exhibits – View the exhibits from Wheeling’s first community workshop held on Thursday, February 24th at Village Hall!

• Wheeling Restaurant Row Community Open House #2 Exhibits – View the exhibits from Wheeling’s second community open house held on Wednesday, July 20th at Village Hall!

Meet the Team

The Lakota Group

The Lakota Group has 27 years of experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. The Lakota Group is leading the Wheeling Restaurant Row Corridor Plan. Learn more>


SPACECO is an award-winning firm that provides a comprehensive array of civil engineering and surveying services for site development, municipal engineering, and public infrastructure projects. Learn more>


CBBEL has 35 years of experience providing comprehensive environmental, engineering, and surveying services and will provide floodplain and wetland analysis for the Wheeling Restaurant Row Corridor Plan. Learn more>

Hoffman Strategy Group

Hoffman Strategy Group is a national real estate advisory firm that dives deeply into retail, residential and commercial market and feasibility analysis to identify factors that lead to successful real estate projects. Learn more>

Metro Strategies Group

Metro Strategies is a women-owned firm that specializes in providing solutions around outreach and communications, policy research and best practices, funding, and building consensus for projects. Learn more>