Oak Park Village Hall proudly announced last week that Oak Park’s Marion Street/Westgate Street improvement project received the Chicago Building Congress’ top merit award in the infrastructure improvement category at the Union League Club of Chicago last Wednesday night.

The 56th annual awards banquet put Marion Street in the company of some pretty high-powered projects, including the Art Institute’s Modern Wing (best new construction). The new Marion Street, which we’re guessing would finish second to the new public library on most residents’ lists of top development projects here in the last decade, beat out the Chicago River Walk and Michigan Avenue Plaza to win the award.

“In addition to the CBC award,” the village press release boasted, “the project has won statewide recognition for its planning from the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and for landscape design from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Designers from the Lakota Group created the Marion/Westgate concept (sure beats their giant Bic shavers in the Arts District). George Sollitt Construction Co. was the general contractor. You can find out more at the website, www.oak-park.us/planning.

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