In 2013, the Southwest Conference of Mayors (SCM) kicked off a transportation, land use and economic development planning study for the Cicero Avenue Corridor. The ultimate goal of the study is to prepare a plan (the Cicero Avenue Corridor Plan) that strengthens the economic vitality of the communities, improves transportation function and mobility, and presents a cohesive and pleasant image for all users. The Plan is intended to complement and reinforce, not supersede, existing plans of each individual community.
The corridor runs along Cicero Avenue from 55th Street on the north to 127th Street in the south. It runs through the following municipalities: Chicago, Bedford Park, Burbank, Hometown, Oak Lawn and Alsip. Key destinations along the corridor include Midway Airport, Midway Hotel and Conference Center, Greater Southwest Industrial Corridor, Ford City Mall, Advocate Christ Hospital Campus, Route
12/20 Business District (Oak Lawn), as well as a variety of regional shopping centers spread throughout the Corridor.
- The project kicked off in April 2013 with a Steering Committee meeting including municipal leaders and transportation and planning agency stakeholders.
- On October 16, 2013 the Consultant team composed of URS Corporation, SB
Friedman, Fish Transportation Group, Ginkgo Planning + Design, and Gandhi & Associates presented its findings from
the Existing Conditions report. This report reviewed key community demographics, past and present planning studies, existing land use, economic development plans, and transportation conditions along the corridor.
- On November 14, 2013 the Consultant team presented its findings from Corridor Economic Development and Market Opportunities report. This report reviewed key economic indicators and development capacity within the corridor as well analyzed the vitality of residential, commercial, and
industrial uses along the corridor. The report then went on to identify ten key development sites with the potential for redevelopment.