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

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research

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

Categories: Around the Office, Uncategorized

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

Categories: Around the Office, Project Stories

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

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research

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

Categories: Around the Office

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

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research

A Revitalized Marion Street in Oak Park, IL

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  September 24, 2012

The project to revitalize downtown Oak Park, Illinois was completed in fall of 2007, when plans to reopen a former pedestrian mall to two-way traffic were carried out. Marion Street, in the heart of the central business district, was transformed into a welcoming streetscape reminiscent of its early 20th century look. The new Marion Street... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Project Stories

Pullman State Historic Site: ULI Releases Technical Assistance Panel Report

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  May 17, 2012

As a follow-up to an earlier post here at the Lakota blog regarding the Pullman State Historic Site, the Urban Land Institute-Chicago District Council just released the Final Report of its Technical Assistance Panel Visit to the site last October.  The report provides a summary of the Panel’s findings during its three-day site visit, including... Read More

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

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