Fulton Market Innovation District

The Fulton Market Innovation District (FMID) Plan was adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in July 2014 to create a vision to preserve existing jobs while accommodating private sector investments that reinforce the area's expanding role as an innovation-driven employment center. 

The plan identifies seven key actions that serve to guide City policies and investment within the area generally bounded by Hubbard Street, Halsted Street, Randolph Street and Ogden Avenue. It includes:

  • A formal land use plan to guide future zoning change requests
  • General design guidelines
  • Assorted infrastructure and streetscape projects that reinforce a cohesive district identity that combines food, innovation, culture and nightlife
  • A historic preservation district, adopted in 2015

Proposed 2021 Update

In the six years since the adoption of the FMID Plan, there have been several significant planning initiatives and land use changes that have impacted this area. In late 2020, DPD Central Region planners drafted an update to the plan to respond to these changes, providing updated goals and strategies to guide future growth.

DPD and Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) co-hosted a community webinar on Zoom to review the proposed changes.

FMID Plan Update Webinar
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 | Video | Presentation

DPD plans to present the plan update for adoption at the Chicago Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18.

Members of the public wishing to provide public comment on the plan update may do so in writing by emailing cpc@cityofchicago.org by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Anybody interested in providing verbal public comment during the Plan Commission meeting should fill out this form and submit it to cpc@cityofchicago.org by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. There is no need to include an agenda number or address on the form, simply list "FMID" as the project address. Plan Commission staff will follow up individually with instructions for joining the meeting to those who submit the form.

Additional questions and comments can be directed to dpd@cityofchicago.org.

Plan Cover

View the 2014 plan (.pdf)

Update Cover

View the draft 2021 update (.pdf)


2017 Implementation Ordinance

To further implement the FMID Plan’s vision, the City adopted an ordinance in 2017 to:

  • Replace a portion of the existing Planned Manufacturing District zoning designation with its pre-PMD designations east of Ogden Avenue to allow for new uses including modern manufacturing an commercial
  • Apply the Industrial Corridor System Fund to the area, which requires certain commerical and office projects to pay a fee to remove manufacturing zoning. The fee could generate tens of millions of dollars to support industrial development elsewhere in the city
  • Expand the City’s existing Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system to the rezoned area to generate funds for commercial projects in under-served neighborhoods, along with local infrastructure and designated landmarks
  • Designate the Kinzie Corridor Overlay District, which prohibits residential uses in the area

Plan Commission meeting materials (Oct. 19, 2017)

FMID implementation meeting materials (Oct. 10, 2017)

FMID implementation meeting materials (Aug. 24, 2017)

FMID implementation meeting materials (Sept. 19, 2017)

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