Anyone who’s wandered around outside the Blackstone Hotel can tell you — there’s something missing in the southern part of Grant Park.
It lacks the vibrancy of the north end. Too much of it is still railroad tracks and a big, hot, open space. That may be great for grasshoppers, but it’s not much use to people.
Last year that started to change with the installation of “Agora” — the leggy sculpture by a Polish artist. But more has to be done.
To that end, a coalition of architecture firms, business interests, and civic organizations are working on a plan for the southwest corner of Grant Park. The idea is to make it a major gateway to the Loop, the Museum District, and the South Loop. Starchitect Adrian Smith is among those involved, so expect great things.