Lakeview Low-Line

by Friends of Lakeview

The Lakeview Low-Line re-envisions the half-mile space beneath the CTA elevated tracks between the Southport and Paulina stations as an exciting Chicago art destination and a fun and dynamic path connecting Lakeview.

We need your help to make it happen! 

To activate this underutilized space, mural walls along the walkway will play host to rotating art exhibits, creating a larger-than-life outdoor gallery. An interactive light installation along the length of the path will playfully celebrate the ‘L’ structure, creating a quintessentially Chicago experience. New greenspace and plazas will beautify the neighborhood and provide opportunities for programming. We have made much progress so far:

  • Phase 1: Southport and Paulina Plazas - COMPLETED 2018!
  • Phase 2: A pathway connecting Paulina to Ashland, including more art, creative lighting, and a new park on the west side of Marshfield that will immerse Low-Line visitors in an urban forest! NOW FUNDRAISING, ESTIMATED COMPLETION 2019-2020
  • Phase 3: Completion of the pathway and art walk from Ashland to Southport - COMPLETION TBD 

The Lakeview Low-Line will connect the business corridors of our neighborhood while offering a safe and whimsical public space for people to enjoy. We believe it is a unique landmark that will attract visitors and be loved by locals.

Will you donate today to help build the Low-Line?

We must raise $300,000 to complete Phase 2 of the Lakeview Low-Line, connecting Paulina to Ashland and creating an urban forest for people to enjoy at Marshfield. We have raised enough money to break ground, but we need your help to ensure completion of this phase beginning in 2019. 

Every dollar counts with legacy opportunities at higher levels: 

  • Founder, $10,000. Includes donor logo/name recognition on the side of an art panel and on the project website.
  • Leader, $7,500. Includes donor recognition on benches within the Marshfield Park and on project website.
  • Advocate, $5,000. Includes recognition on a plaque along the path and on project website.
  • Innovator, $2,500. Includes donor name recognition on a donor wall and on project website. 
  • Friend, $1,000. Includes donor name recognition on a donor wall and on project website.
  • Contributor, $500. Includes donor name recognition on a donor wall and on project website. 

Questions about the Low-Line or interested in corporate sponsorship? 
Contact Dillon Goodson, dillon@lakeviewchamber.com, 773-472-7171 x103

Donate by Check: Download a donation form here. Make checks payable to "Friends of Lakeview" and mail to:
Friends of Lakeview
c/o Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
1409 W Addison
Chicago, IL 60613

Project History 

The Low-Line project was first introduced in the 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan as a means of connecting the neighborhood’s unique sub-districts and beautifying the area for local residents while attracting visitors. In 2013, the Lakeview Chamber and Special Service Area 27 started the Low-Line Farmers Market to test the concept of programming space under the elevated tracks, and the market has been a great success since. In 2017, Special Service Area 27 completed development of a new plaza at the Southport station, installing new mural walls and creating an improved space for the farmers market and other programming. In 2018, Special Service Area 27 completed Phase 1, including new spaces at the Paulina station and at Ashland, and Friends of Lakeview unveiled plans for Phase 2 to connect Paulina to Ashland. There is not yet a timeline or design for Phase 3 of the Low-Line, which would link Ashland to Southport, completing the project.

For more information, visit www.LakeviewChamber.com/LakeviewLowLine.

Supporters & Partners 

The Lakeview Low-Line is made possible through a partnership between the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Special Service Area 27, Friends of Lakeview, City of Chicago, and Chicago Transit Authority. PORT, a leading-edge design consultancy, has been hired to design the space. Special Service Area 27 is funding Phase 1 of the project; Friends of Lakeview will raise funds for Phases 2 and 3.

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