One of the most exciting demonstrations of public/private, landscape/civil engineering coordination and multi-citizen engagement in Chicago is "The 606," the new pedestrian raised park. This project is about the future and the past.
A significant housing development was built between 1903 and 1905 in a centrally located Oak Park plot, bounded by Harrison, Madison, Kenilworth and Home. The Historic Preservation Commission is starting the process of nominating this neighborhood to receiving historic status.
The latest completed buildings on Madison Street in Oak Park have raised the bar for architecture. Walgreens' innovative and sensitive repurposing of a handsome two-story façade is a great example of architecture at its best. The façade restoration, sustainable elements and free recharging stations have all contributed to a meaningful project. It has awakened many to what could be — instead of simply employing a bland prototype (Walgreens) that has no respect for context.