The Motor Row Steetscape project provided Michigan Avenue’s Historic “Motor Row District” – anchored by the historic Chicago Defender building – with a fresh look to compliment the art deco buildings and new business and restaurants in the area. This streetscape project included a “road diet” (reducing the existing four lanes down to three to recapture space for sidewalk, trees and pavers), new wider sidewalks and paver parkways with trees, benches and gateway elements. Extensive coordination with 3rd Ward Ald. Dowell, local stakeholders, City agencies, the Illinois Department of Transportation and adjacent developments lead to the integrated design of Michigan Ave.
Chicago Department of Transportation