8600 Block of Commercial Avenue Mixed-Use Concept

Map showing Existing Project Area Site

Existing Project Area Site Map

Based on recommendations in the Commercial Avenue plan, the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce and other organizations are interested in developing the 8600 block of Commercial Avenue into a mixed-use performance center that will establish a new brand identity for the Commercial Avenue corridor . The goals of this development are to provide increased awareness and visibility for the neighborhood and to maximize the number of visitors to the area.

Image showing existing conditions looking north on Commercial Avenue. Image shows street, commercial storefronts, and parking lots.

Existing conditions looking north on Commercial Avenue

The 2018 Spring School of Architecture studio developed an architectural language for 8600 Commercial Avenue that communicates South Chicago’s uniqueness to visitors while creating an identity that makes residents feel invested and involved in their community. The final deliverable of the studio were three design proposals and marketing packages for the 8600 Commercial Avenue Mixed-Use Performance Center and branding strategy for how the complex can develop a new identity for the neighborhood.

Image of a design of the "Live Work Play" concept. Shows the potential view looking north on Commercial Avenue

Live Work Play: View looking north on Commercial Avenue

The three proposals produced by the studio are to be used by the community to market and gain community support for the development of the 8600 Commercial Avenue block.

Currently the project team is conducting outreach to develop a community stewardship and governance plan for the site. If you would like to participate in this project and/or provide your thoughts and feedback, please contact GCI or fill out the form.

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