Homer Glen – New Town Center

By Lauren King  |  April 29, 2024

Homer Glen, a southwest Chicago suburb, has always wanted a town center – a gathering place with a small-town, downtown feel. Homer Glen evolved differently from many of its neighbors, being a rural community that incorporated as a village only in 2001. It didn’t develop on a commuter rail line and it lacked a traditional... Read More

Categories: Project Stories

Exploring Indigenous Heritage and History

By Alexis  |  November 6, 2023

National Native American Heritage Month is observed annually in November and serves as a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Native American and Indigenous peoples in the United States. This month encourages reflection on the history, resilience, and ongoing impact of North American indigenous communities. It is... Read More

Categories: Lakota Promise

What’s the Spice of Your Life?

By The Lakota Group  |  December 20, 2022

This year, The Lakota Group is celebrating the season by offering one simple ingredient to inspire you: Cinnamon.  A classic and comforting element that sparks nostalgic memories of holidays past and inspires hope and spice in the new year. We spend our days helping people identify tools and strategies to build better communities. Tag us... Read More

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The Lakota Promise

By The Lakota Group  |  December 15, 2021

Join us in donating to the Sioux YMCA initiative, which provides leadership development at the Cheyenne River Reservation. Click the donate button below for the Sioux YMCA PayPal account. Self-Discovery and Alignment: As a company, the Lakota Group is and has always been committed to embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion and making it a key... Read More

Categories: Lakota Promise

Meet our New Recruits!

By Siraj Asfahani  |  April 21, 2021

Lakota’s family is growing! We have expanded our team and welcome three new Lakotans: Hannah Bader, Associate; Emily Caruso, Graphic Designer and Communications Associate; and Denise Lam, Business Development. Our new hires come from unique backgrounds, see for yourselves!   Hannah Bader Associate Hannah is a designer and planner whose background focuses on environmental design... Read More

Categories: Alley's in Place, Ideas + Research

Bringing our “A” Game in Engagement

By Siraj Asfahani  |  April 21, 2021

Throughout the last year, we continued fulfilling our promise to our communities to find creative ways to make their voices heard in the community planning process. With interactive online platforms, webinars, and out of the box engagement tactics, we engaged communities from coast to coast. While online engagement has been very successful for our team,... Read More

Categories: In The News

Alleys in Place: Chicago’s Alleyway Typologies

By Tom Martin  |  March 13, 2020

In our previous post, we discussed the history of Chicago’s alleyway and gridded street system. With an alleyway network of more than 1,900 miles, we dug into how Chicago’s alleyways came to be. Building upon this history, we investigate the various typologies of Chicago alleyways. As is with any urban form, alleyways are more localized,... Read More

Categories: Alley's in Place, Ideas + Research

Alleys in Place: The History and Rise of Alleys in Chicago

By Tom Martin  |  January 10, 2020

Alleys and other forgotten urban spaces have long interested me. Upon seeing the Green Alley in Detroit in 2013, I have studied and meditated on the idea of alleyways and their greater potential. Over the course of 2020, I plan to dig into Chicago’s alleys as a case study, and reconsider what this urban form... Read More

Categories: Alley's in Place, Ideas + Research

Rewilding: Models and Methodologies

By Morgan Harty  |  July 16, 2019

At the Lakota Group we focus heavily on communication and engagement throughout our design and planning processes. Not only is it our job as landscape architects and urban planners to explore and create innovative solutions, but more importantly, we are charged with educating our clients and communities about best management practices and the value of... Read More

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The Suburban Side of Transit-Oriented Development

By Mike Kritzman  |  October 24, 2018

Over the past 25 years, The Lakota Group has planned and designed transit-oriented developments around the Midwest. And we continue to help communities to transform the areas around their stations into destinations, hubs of economic activity, and people-filled Places. These projects and our current work in Chicago, Naperville, Niles, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, and Deerfield... Read More

Categories: 25 Lakota, Ideas + Research