Construction started on “Polka-dot Park” as the $16 Million Street Overhaul Begins

Goodbye Polka-dots, a polarizing experiment created back in 2015 at the intersections of Wellington, Southport and Lincoln Avenues. From Block Club Chicago, “A Lincoln Hub streetscaping project is underway to remove blue and green polka-dots and bring safety improvements to a six-way intersection in Lakeview.

The project, expected to finish in summer 2023, will include full-width resurfacing, new lighting and traffic signals, tree planting, widened sidewalks, new decorative crosswalks and larger pedestrian plaza spaces, said Gia Biagi, commissioner for the city’s Department of Transportation.

The streetscaping will happen along three streets:

  • Lincoln Avenue from Wellington Avenue to Melrose Street.
  • Ashland Avenue from Barry Avenue to School Street.
  • Belmont Avenue from Ashland to Southport avenues.

“You really have all the needs, like the need for economic vibrancy and the need for safety crossing the street or biking on it,” Biagi said. “All of that is coming together.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: