Houston, United States
Where worlds connect
The study addresses an approximately 250-acre area that is home to some of Chicago’s world-class institutions and destinations—including Northerly Island, the Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and the south lakefront at McCormick Place Lakeside Center. It creates a coherent urban vision, identifies accessible green spaces, and delineates equitable connections to the neighborhoods it borders.
Working pro-bono alongside the Museum Campus Working Group, SOM has designed a vision to enable the City of Chicago to develop plans and investments that, together, will rewild the landscape to restore native ecosystems, allow for the adaptive reuse of structures for year-round programming, and create new pedestrian and bike routes. Wider connections to Grant Park, the South Loop, and Bronzeville were also considered, encompassing an approximately two-square-mile area.