The 78 is Chicago’s next great neighborhood. Spanning 62 acres of current brownfield space immediately south of downtown, this massive extension of the Loop establishes a dynamic new residential, commercial, academic, civic, cultural, and recreational mixed-use neighborhood for all Chicagoans. Located at the convergence of many of Chicago’s most vibrant, diverse communities—the South Loop, Chinatown, Pilsen, Little Italy, and Bronzeville, to name a few—The 78 is imbued with Chicago’s culture and history, blending seamlessly with the neighborhoods it borders.
A new Riverwalk incorporates seven acres of public parkland and five acres of unimpeded space along the south branch of the Chicago River. It will activate one of the city’s greatest natural assets by providing unparalleled riverfront access, year-round recreation opportunities, and an abundance of cultural and hospitality amenities for visitors and residents alike.
The 78 is a transit-oriented development that extends Chicago’s central business district. Highly accessible from streets and waterways, the development features new water taxi stops, new bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly streets, and proximity to local and regional rail lines, including a proposed Chicago Transit Authority Red Line stop that would establish new connections to the city and both O’Hare and Midway International Airports.
Responsive to the changing needs of Chicagoans, and developed through engagement with residents, businesses, and leading institutions, The 78 incorporates a robust combination of public amenities. These are designed to activate the district and attract industry-leading organizations and talent. The plan creates a thoughtful balance between the built environment and the natural landscape, while fostering community and social life. Welcoming new academic institutions to the center of the city, The 78 is home to the Discovery Partners Institute—an initiative led by the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and Northwestern University.