Groundbreaking for New Public Space in Austin Neighborhood

Chicago’s Austin neighborhood is getting a new multi-purpose space on the southeast corner of Chicago and Lockwood Avenues.  Groundbreaking was held last week for Pop Courts.

Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative)
Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative)

Designed by The Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Pop Courts is part of the city’s INVEST South/West program, and replaces a vacant lot with something better.

The designers sum it up best:

Food truck stalls, a flexible lawn with casual seating, and a basketball court that doubles as a plaza for markets will sit on top of a geometrically patterned site. A mural on the site’s Eastern wall will extend along the ground plane and across Chicago Ave to engage the community and invite passers-by to explore Austin’s culture.

According to Austin Weekly News, 40 Acres Fresh Market will be in attendance, and construction is expected to finish right about the time the weather starts to get warm again.

Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative)
Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative)
Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative)
Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative)

Location: 5251 West Chicago Avenue, Austin

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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