We want to hear from you!
Uptown United is embarking on a plan for the commercial corridors along Wilson Avenue and Broadway near the newly rebuilt Wilson CTA station. The goal of this plan is to support and build a thriving commercial district. Read more about the Central Uptown Planning Study. As we develop this plan, we need input from people who live, work, and visit the area. We’ve already talked with business owners, nonprofit organization leaders, commercial property owners, and other key stakeholders. We survey local businesses annually, as well.
Now we want to hear from you!
We launched three public surveys to get your input: a separate survey for three distinctive areas of Central Uptown’s commercial area. Each survey should take less than five minutes each to complete. Your answers are confidential and anonymous. You may, however, provide your email address if you would like to be entered in our drawing.
Complete the survey and win! If you complete any of the three surveys by November 12th, 2019 and provide your email address, you will be entered to win one of four $25 gift certificates to a local restaurant!
The three surveys cover these three areas:
- Wilson Avenue in Sheridan Park
- Wilson Avenue East of Broadway
- North Broadway near the Wilson Station (4400-4700 N Broadway)
More on the three areas:
Wilson Avenue in Sheridan Park
Wilson Avenue between Clark Street and Racine Avenue consists of a mix of residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties that are typically pedestrian-oriented. This 1/2-mile stretch of Wilson Avenue is the commercial “Main Street” for Uptown’s Sheridan Park sub-neighborhood, a National Register Historic District within Uptown. Wide sidewalks, historic architecture, and the recent addition of several new businesses has given this stretch of Wilson Avenue in Sheridan Park a charming feel. Additionally, the area sits next to Truman College, which welcomes nearly 25,000 students, staff, and faculty to its campus throughout the year. Weekday pedestrian counts near the Wilson El station are higher than in neighboring Andersonville and Edgewater, and with the recent Wilson CTA Station reconstruction project, Sheridan Park is sure to grow for years to come. Click here to take the Wilson Avenue in Sheridan Park survey!
Wilson Avenue East of Broadway
Wilson Avenue between Kenmore Avenue and Marine Drive consists of a mix of residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties that are typically pedestrian-oriented. This 1/2-mile stretch of Wilson Avenue is a commercial “Main Street” for Uptown’s Clarendon Park and Lakeside Area sub-neighborhoods. This part of Uptown greets the city’s biggest attraction—the lakefront. Montrose Harbor, Clarendon Park, and area beaches attract locals and visitors for sports, boating, biking, bird-watching, swimming, concerts, and more. There are many opportunities for local businesses to serve the lake-going crowd, as well as the new residents of several mixed-use developments and Weiss Memorial Hospital’s numerous employees. This area is a contrast of high-rise residential buildings among smaller historic apartments and homes, which directly face the lake. In warm months, thousands pack Montrose Beach and Harbor daily. Click here to take the Wilson Avenue East of Broadway survey!k
North Broadway near the Wilson Station
North Broadway near the Wilson Station consists of a mix of commercial and mixed-use properties. While part of this area is included in the Uptown Square Landmark District, another part of this area is often referred to as “Wilson Yard” because it is the location where an elevated CTA rail yard and train repair facility stood until being destroyed by fire in 1996. In 2010 this site was redeveloped with two 7-story buildings, a family building and a senior building, as well as major retail tenants. In 2017 the Wilson El Station reconstruction project added purple line service as well as a new station entrance at Sunnyside Avenue and North Broadway. This part of North Broadway is also home to Chicago’s Pride Parade, which kicks-off at the intersection of North Broadway and Montrose Avenue. Click here to take the North Broadway near the Wilson Station survey!