Midway District Plans Synthesis

Chicago has many citywide and local place-based plans with stated goals for the built environment. Some are municipal; others are nonprofit driven. They prioritize public and private capital investments, provide important context for those investments and help determine how a community should grow and where development should occur.

Planning Context: This multi-cultural community where residents are of Mexican, African, Middle Eastern and European descent is arguably the most culturally diverse group of neighborhoods on the South Side. The area is adjacent to Midway Airport and includes the Southwest Industrial Corridor, home to Tootsie Roll, Nabisco and other factories providing more than 6,000 jobs, and Marquette Park, the largest of Chicago’s great neighborhood parks created in the early 20th century. Once known as the Lithuanian Gold Coast, this predominantly Lithuanian, German, Irish and Polish area is today a multi-racial neighborhood. [Excerpted from Summary of Midway District Plans]