South Shore Corridor Study

In 2018, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Office of Ald. Gregory Mitchell (7th) worked to secure a grant through the Regional Transportation Authority’s Community Planning program to develop a plan for two corridors in the South Shore neighborhood: East 75th and East 79th Streets, from Stony Island Avenue to Lake Michigan.

In close consultation with Ald. Mitchell, DPD developed a blueprint for both corridors by focusing on land use, housing, retail and connectivity to transit, within the context of changing demographics. Preliminary work began in January 2019, and will include robust community engagement efforts with assistance from the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. A draft of the South Shore Corridor Study is now available for public comment.

The City's desired outcomes from the study include:

  • Recommendations aimed at strengthening transit usage and making it safer and more efficient for neighborhood residents, especially seniors, to access transit
  • Identification of challenges within the local housing market and recommendations on stabilizing and strengthening it, including how transit improvements can support this
  • Recommendations for transit improvements that can support existing business along the corridor, strengthen the overall retail environment, and help to retain and attract new retail

Public comment on the draft report should be directed to by Wednesday, March 18.

South Shore Corridor Plan

Download the draft plan

Study Area

The primary focus of the South Shore Corridor Study includes East 75th Street and East 79th Street between Stony Island Avenue and the lakefront, but may extend to include adjacent neighborhoods, potential development sites, or major travel corridors as appropriate.

South Shore Study Area Map

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Community Engagement Activities

Check back for information on community engagement dates as the study moves forward. Community input will be accepted throughout the process at

Date and Time Event and Location Materials

Monday, April 15, 2019

Initial Stakeholder Interviews
South Shore Chamber of Commerce
1750 E. 71st St.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Public Open House
South Shore International College Prep High
1955 E. 75th St.


Mtg. Summary & Online Survey Results

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

Public Meeting
Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Paideia Academy
7511 S. South Shore Drive



Wedenesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Public Open House
South Shore International College Prep High
1955 E. 75th St.



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