Showcase Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland

By Laura Pearson | Monday, June 14, 2010

A great place along the North Channel Trail. Photo by Laura Pearson.

The Metropolitan Planning Council and Chicago Architecture Foundation are sponsoring a contest to showcase some of Chicago’s most cherished public places?and we’re not talking Willis Tower, Buckingham Fountain, or The Bean. The contest is designed to spotlight more tucked-away spaces?the sort that only locals know about. It’s called the “What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland” Contest.

If you have a favorite, off-the-beaten-path place in Northcenter, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood Manor, or another Chicagoland neighborhood, send original photos or a video of it?along with a description of 250 words or less?to this email address: placemakingchicago@metroplanning.org. Submissions will be accepted through July 26, 2010, and four winners will be selected later in the summer: three by the contest committee and one via online voting at PlacemakingChicago.

The Placemaking committee encourages participants to consider what makes their favorite place so inviting and why it’s on par with more well-known places in the community. (Of course, if what makes your “undiscovered” spot so special is the fact that it hasn’t yet been discovered, then you may want to keep it on the DL!)

Winners receive free passes to one of the following institutions: Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), Chicago History Museum, and Shedd Aquarium. In addition, the winners’ favorite places may be featured on an exclusive CAF tour this fall.

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