Competition :: Activate Union Station



Submissions Due: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5 pm

Chicago’s Union Station is an iconic building and a major transportation hub--but it could be so much more: a gathering place for West Loop residents, an attraction for tourists, another cultural jewel in Chicago’s crown.

Now is your chance to Activate Union Station. The Metropolitan Planning Council’s Fifth Annual Placemaking Contest, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, is awarding cash prizes to the best temporary ideas to breathe new life into Chicago’s Union Station.

Dream it and develop a plan. If you win, you'll win $5,000 to make it happen for 10 days this summer, between August 24 and September 2.

This competition is open to anyone 18 and over with a vision of what Chicago’s Union Station could become: artists, neighborhood groups, performers, chambers of commerce, architects, students, landscape architects, planners, industrial designers, and others. This is a plan-build-program competition. Winners will be responsible for all three stages. Winning means implementing!

This contest is not just about design. The emphasis and the top criteria for our judges is the plan that best draws people in to activate the space with ideas that are engaging, low-cost and temporary. Following the Project for Public Spaces' "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper" mantra, successful designs will create a gathering place that is universally accessible and inclusive, as well as active and engaging—all within the space of 10 days.

For more information and submission guidelines, click here!