In April 2021, Mayor Lightfoot announced the launch of “Open Chicago”, the latest initiative to reopen the city. Part of this initiative is Open Streets, a collection of programs and opportunities that allow city streets to be used for dining, festivals, and community activity.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has relaunched its Shared Streets program. Shared Streets use temporary traffic control tools like barrels and signs to create a more comfortable and spacious atmosphere for people to walk, bike, and roll safely through their neighborhoods. Shared Streets maintain local access and parking for cars and trucks while at the same time have been proven to calm the speed of these vehicles to improve safety. Initially, this program was a critical response to the COVID-19 pandemic to address overcrowding on sidewalks and improve social distancing. Due to the popularity of the program and demand for more, Shared Streets will be available throughout the summer of 2021.
The program will launch in the coming weeks and as Shared Streets become available, they will be posted on this webpage. CDOT will also relaunch a Shared Streets evaluation survey to continue our data collection on the program. Information about the 2020 Shared Streets program, including the list of participating streets, can be found on our COVID Mobility page.
How can I request a Shared Street?
We’d love to hear from you about where Shared Streets should be located throughout the city! There are a few things you can do to suggest a Shared Street location:
- Click on the map below to indicate where you think a Shared Street should be located and answer a few questions to let us know why you think it should be a Shared Street.
- Talk to your neighbors to see if they also would like to see a Shared Street in the area. Ask them to suggest a Shared Street on the map below, too.
- Talk to your local Alderman about getting a Shared Street in your area. If you don’t know who your alderman is or how to reach them, you can find out using this site. If you’ve already talked to your neighbors, let your Alderman know that others support the idea.
Click on the map below to suggest a Shared Street
Where are Shared Streets located?
The Shared Streets program will launch at the end of May 2021. As locations are installed we will add more information on this page. Check back for updates!