West Loop Design Guidelines

In 2017, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) developed design guidelines to foster excellence in design within the West Loop. As the West Loop has evolved, the City of Chicago has undertaken planning efforts to encourage the thoughtful re-development of this area.

This project builds upon previous planning efforts to ensure that the West Loop continues to build on the central area characteristics of an employment, transportation, cultural and residential center for the city; while maintaining the urban character and scale that has made it so attractive.

After an extensive public review period, the Chicago Plan Commission adopted the West Loop Design Guidelines at its September 2017 meeting. The guidelines, as approved, are available to the right and at this link.

Additionally, DPD created a checklist to aide the department, developers, property owners, and West Loop neighbors in ensuring that new projects are adhering to the principles of the West Loop Design Guidelines. The checklist can be downloaded at this link.


West Loop Design Guidelines

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