The Lincoln Yards development is a major component of the Mayor of Chicago’s North Branch Framework Plan. The project is led by developer Sterling Bay, with a master plan by SOM and CBT. Located on 55 acres along the Chicago River’s North Branch, the development will connect two of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Lincoln Park and Bucktown. By transforming a former industrial site, Lincoln Yards will create a dynamic place for Chicagoans and visitors alike.
Lincoln Yards is designed to meet the changing needs of Chicago’s business community and hospitality industry. It features contemporary office buildings flanked by a diverse offering of restaurant, retail, and outdoor amenities. The design of Lincoln Yards celebrates the site’s industrial past. It combines historic elements, such as trussed steel bridges, with contemporary buildings and amenities, including a soaring, glass-enclosed transit center, expansive public plazas, and green space. Closing existing gaps in the Chicago Riverwalk, the project will create continuous public access between the city’s North and South Side neighborhoods.
A new multimodal transit center will make the most of the project’s location, where Chicago’s transit and interstate highway networks intersect. The transit center will include a relocated Metra rail station, shuttle service to nearby Chicago Transit Authority stations, new water taxi stops, Divvy bike share stations, and an extension of the city’s 606 pedestrian and bike trail. Infrastructure improvements will streamline access to the site, especially from downtown and from nearby airports, and reduce congestion in nearby neighborhoods. Incorporating advanced sustainable infrastructure, Lincoln Yards is targeting LEED Neighborhood Development certification.