Architecture competition aims to revitalize South Chicago

Students tour South Chicago as part of a competition to envision how a neighborhood can revitalize itself. Photo by Andrew Mateja.

Students tour South Chicago as part of a competition to envision how a neighborhood can revitalize itself. Photo by Andrew Mateja.

Nearly 60 students from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture are taking part in a competition to help revitalize the South Chicago neighborhood by planning recreational and open spaces on land under the Chicago Skyway.

The South Chicago Underline Project is a competition designed to tap into ideas generated by the 56 graduate and undergraduate architecture students as part of the competition. The UIC School of Architecture, in conjunction with the UIC Great Cities Institute and the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce, are partners in the project.

The effort is part of a larger revitalization initiative that began when the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce approached the Great Cities Institute for assistance in improving the area, said Meghan Funk, competition coordinator.

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