FOR ARCHITECT ERNEST Wong, designing a space to accommodate a wide range of neighborhood needs was no walk in the park. Nestled in bustling downtown Chicago, surrounded by hotels, offices, and commercial and residential buildings, The Park at Lakeshore East was designed with space flexible enough to sustain a variety of uses. The completed development will include a 12-acre green space complete with water promenades, a dog park, a playground, gardens, a great lawn, and a variety of seating. A ring road encircling the park provides scenic entry points that capitalize on significant grade change. Aerial views of downtown from these raised roadways are a reminder that amidst city chaos, serenity can be found.

Category: Urban park; Entrants/ Landscape architects: Site Design Group, Chicago; The Office of James Burnett, Houston; Builder: McHugh Riteway Joint Venture, Chicago; Developer: Lakeshore East, Chicago; Land planner: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago

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