Transportation Summit 2013 Tours

Transportation Summit 2013

Thursday Tours (Nov. 21)

All Transportation Summit attendees are invited to attend one of the following tours on the afternoon of Thursday, November 21. These tours are open on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early for the Transportation Summit and indicate your top two choices.

Saturday tours are open to the public. Learn more and register for Saturday tours below.


A. Red Line Extension

CTA’s most heavily used line, the Red Line, stretches 22 miles from Howard on the north side to 95th/Dan Ryan on the City’s south side passing through downtown Chicago. The proposed Red Line extension adds an additional 5.5 miles and four additional stops, creating access and economic opportunities for Chicago’s far south side. The mobile workshop will take participants on a guided tour of the Roseland community, the location of the four new proposed stations, guided by Developing Communities Project (DCP) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). DCP, a faith based community organization has advocated for the Red Line extension since 1998, creating an expansive network of community residents and stakeholders in the process. They will speak to their successes and challenges in advocating for the Red Line and planning for the future of their community. The tour will also highlight opportunities for investment and revitalization along Roseland’s commercial corridors.

This tour will be led by Kendra Smith, Associate of Outreach & Community Engagement at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).


B. Chicago's On-Street Bike Network

Mayor Emanuel is committed to making Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the U.S. and building 100 miles of protected bike lanes by May of 2015. For this tour, hop on one of the city's new Divvy bikes and visit several of its new protected bike lanes and other innovative bike projects installed since May of 2011, plus see Divvy operations in action. Participants will experience riding in protected, buffered and standard bike lanes, as well as see firsthand how bike boxes, colored pavement markings, and intersection markings increase the safety and visibility of bicyclists. These new bike accommodations focus on improving the safety and comfort of bicyclists and allow all Chicagoans, from children to senior citizens, to bike comfortably on city streets. Tour leaders will discuss lessons learned in outreach and implementation, design details, safety benefits, Divvy bike share station siting and operations, and ongoing efforts to implement the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020.

This tour will be led by Mike Amsden, Senior Planner for T.Y. Lin International serving as Project Manager for CDOT’s Bicycle Initiatives, and by Jack Cebe of Alta Bicycle Share, with volunteers from Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance.


C. Lincoln Square Streetscapes

Visit some of the city’s most ambitious traffic calming projects and see how they’re transforming the public realm. Learn how the city’s new Complete Streets Design Guidelines are being put to use along Lawrence Ave – a road diet project currently underway that will convert four lanes to three and add bike lanes, sidewalk space and pedestrian crossings. Also visit Lincoln Square, which features streetscape and place-making efforts dating back to the late 1970s. This historically German neighborhood now hosts a variety of shops, restaurants and public events.

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This tour will be led by David Leopold, Program Manager of Chicago's Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program, and Bill Higgins, Project Analyst & Coordinator for the Office of 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar. Photo credits: City of Chicago


D. CNT's LEED Building and the 606 Trail

See two examples of Chicago postindustrial innovation in the heart of Wicker Park. Explore one of the nation’s oldest LEED Platinum buildings: a former textile factory now home of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). CNT first moved into the building in 1987, then renovated a second time in 2000. When the building was certfitied by LEED in 2005, only 12 other building had earned Platinum status. CNT’s use of an existing building structure, accessible by bike and transit, encapsulates its philosophy and mission of promoting urban sustainability. Next, hop on the future 606 trail: a 3-mile elevated former rail line being transformed into new open space connecting five neighborhood parks. Construction on the project is underway and the trail is expected to open in Fall of 2014. Get a unique view on how this transformational effort to connect Chicago’s neighborhoods is taking shape.

This tour will be led by Ben Helphand, Executive Director at NeighborSpace. Ben was formerly with the Center for Neighborhood Technology and will be joined by staff from the Trust for Public Land.


Optional Saturday Tours (Nov. 23)

CNU is also offering a series of optional tours on the morning of Saturday, November 23, in conjunction with the Transportation Summit. These tours are optional and registration is required. If you're still in town, join other Chicagoans and explore the city!


Adaptive Reuse and Walkability in Historic Ravenswood | Register for this tour

Take a guided walking tour of one of Chicago's most historic and innovative neighborhoods, Ravenswood, and meet with key neighborhood residents and stakeholders. This tour will focus on the current Ravenswood Creative Corridor, which spans roughly 2 miles from Addison Avenue to Foster Avenue. See example of adaptive reuse, sustainable and New Urbanist development, historic preservation, building of the creative classes, walkability, transit oriented development, and bicycle planning initiatives.

This tour will be led by Clayton Jirak, CNU-A, LEED GA, CNU Research Fellow


Historic TOD on the Brown Line | Register for this tour

This mobile workshop will explore three districts (two commercial; one residential) that have been impacted by their proximity to public transit stations over a 100-year period. Participants will travel north on the “L” and stop at several different stations. The tour will be led by one public transit planner and one historic preservation planner, who will show highlights at each stop and answer participant questions.

This tour will be led by Jim Peters and Graham Garfield.



Freeways Without Futures: I-55 | CANCELLED

Join CNU President John Norquist and Civic ArtWorks Director and former CNU Board member Zach Borders for a walk along I-55, the Stevenson Expressway. On this bus/walking tour, learn the history of this freeway that runs through Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood and explore design alternatives. See the existing infrastructure firsthand and envision in its place a world-class urban boulevard connecting Bronzeville to central Chicago.