POPCOURTS AT CHICAGO & LOCKWOOD
Transforming an empty lot into a bright and welcoming public open space in the Austin neighborhood.
LJC is collaborating with All Reimagining Chicago (ARC) and the Dept. of Planning to develop an intervention that transforms an empty lot in the Austin neighborhood into a bright and welcoming public open space that serves neighborhood businesses impacted by COVID.
Food truck stalls, a flexible lawn with casual seating, and a basketball court that doubles as a plaza for markets will sit on top of a geometrically patterned site. A mural on the site’s Eastern wall will extend along the ground plane and across Chicago Ave to engage the community and invite passers-by to explore Austin’s culture.
The site at the Southeast corner of Chicago and Lockwood is prime for an intervention to accelerate the Austin neighborhood’s reopening.