Chicago's Millenium Park Crown Fountain engages children in the community

Millennium Park's Crown Fountain engages children in Chicago

What is the best public place in Chicago?  Sylvia O. thinks it is a community garden on Chicago’s far South-East Side, Brian S. nominated the Chicago Riverwalk for its “ingenuity and imagination,” and Afshan H. chose Harmony Park, the “go-to place in the Village of Arlington Heights.” The community, of course, is the expert.

The Metropolitan Planning Council, who partnered with PPS to launch a Placemaking Campaign for the city of Chicago last year, has encouraged city residents and visitors alike to participate in their What Makes Your Place Great contest.  From June 3 to July 27, dozens of people submitted entries.  Now, the organization is asking for votes – more than 2,000 votes have already been cast!

From now until Sep. 14, visit PlacemakingChicago.com to view the entries and vote for your favorite photo and video. The site also features a Google map showing the location of each great place.

Four winners, two photo and two video, will be announced on Sept. 25, 2009. One winner in each category will receive a Grand Prize award, selected by a committee of Placemaking experts; and one winner in each
category will receive a People’s Choice award, selected by public vote. In addition to bragging rights and a great prize package, winners will have the opportunity to showcase their favorite places at an MPC event
on Oct. 28, 2009.

Voters are encouraged to review all of the fantastic entries, which highlight not only some of the regions best public places, but also some truly beautiful and inspiring photography and videography.