PPS is excited to announce a new contest hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) aimed to uncover and celebrate Chicago’s most beautiful and vibrant “undiscovered” places.  The Chicago region is known for well-used plazas, parks, sidewalks and gardens that bring it to life. Many of these special places are tucked away in the hearts of neighborhoods, known only to a lucky few.  But now, MPC and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) want to shine a spotlight on these “undiscovered” public places through the “What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland” contest.

This contest is the newest initiative of the citywide Placemaking Chicago campaign, born out of a partnership with PPS and Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council. In collaboration, PPS and MPC produced a brand new, locally-oriented Placemaking publication with associated online content.  PPS also led onsite training courses for community and government leaders in the region.

This summer, from June 2 through July 26, 2010, enter the “What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland” contest by emailing a photo or video of your favorite undiscovered public space in the region to placemakingchicago@metroplanning.org. Together with a 250-word-or-less description, use your photo or video to describe why this place is so special to you and how it adds to your community. 

Four winners will receive a prize package that includes passes to the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago History Museum, Shedd Aquarium, or Chicago Architecture Foundation tours, the chance to have their space featured in an exclusive CAF tour in October, 2010, and bragging rights to the best undiscovered public place in the region!

Read the guidelines for entry and voting at www.placemakingchicago.com.

MPC and Placemaking Chicago are grateful for the generous contributions of our sponsors and donors:

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Prince Charitable Trusts
Perkins+Will

Questions?  Please contact Karin Sommer, MPC Associate and Placemaking Chicago Project Manager, at 312-863-6044 or ksommer@metroplanning.org.