Synthetic Turf’s Presence Grows in Winnetka

By The Lakota Group  |  August 29, 2013

A few weeks ago I attended the ribbon cutting for a project I worked on for the Winnetka Park District.  The project was the first portion of a Master Plan enhancement to the Park District’s Skokie Playfield complex.  It was very rewarding to see the project come to life as it had been a five... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, Project Stories

The Famous Box Elder

By The Lakota Group  |  August 5, 2013

I opened up my July issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and started flipping through the pages, looking for some cool designs and inspiration. After reading a few articles, I turned the page and saw some wire trees. I said to myself, ‘This is cool–I did the same type of thing as my first project in... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research

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

Categories: Around the Office

Art-o-mat in the ‘Cloud

By The Lakota Group  |  April 10, 2013

Recently, a group of us from Lakota were in St. Cloud, Minnesota, kicking off a Comprehensive Placemaking process. It was an intense, but great, week. We met with a diverse spectrum of people through a range of formal and informal settings. For much of the week we were camped out in a vacant storefront on... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, Project Stories

Challenges and Opportunities of Integrating “Green” into Ordinances

By The Lakota Group  |  April 2, 2013

As the desire to incorporate sustainable initiatives into homes, businesses and developments grows, local governments often find that their ordinances did not anticipate these new practices. While certain practices require completely new language, others—such as rain barrels and light shelves—may be restricted by unintentional barriers within existing ordinances. Daniel Grove, Lakota associate principal, will present... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research

Mastering the Main Street Revitalization Approach

By The Lakota Group  |  April 1, 2013

The grassroots Main Street Four-Point Approach, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has helped revitalize traditional commercial districts in small towns, suburbs, and urban neighborhoods across the country over the last three decades. Lakota vice president, Nick Kalogeresis, who spent 10 years working for the National Trust Main Street Center as a program... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, In The News, Project Stories

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

Reinvigorating Oak Park through Public Investment

By The Lakota Group  |  April 1, 2013

What is the long-term value of investing in high-quality public spaces? And what impact do public infrastructure improvements have on private investment and placemaking? Daniel Grove, associate principal at The Lakota Group, and Scott Freres, principal/president, will be giving a tour of historic Marion Street in Oak Park for the National American Planning Association Conference... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research, In The News, Project Stories

Frank Lloyd Wright and Survey Serendipity

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  March 14, 2013

I’ve spent most of my adult life living in Oak Park, Illinois, that well-known Chicago suburb celebrated for being the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and the home of that other distinguished gentleman, Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed a number of his Prairie School homes and buildings in the community during the first couple of decades... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research

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

Categories: Around the Office