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590 West Madison Pocket Park
Third Millennium Group (3MG), Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
This project provides Chicago's West Loop with a new multi-faceted public open space serving as an amenity for hotel guests, residents and workers in the surrounding neighborhood.
The park was designed as a welcoming, attractive and distinctive destination amenity space in conjunction with the future 590 W. Madison mixed-use (office and hotel) project. Our team led the design of this park, with construction completed in advance of the building to preserve project entitlements.
The design divides the space into a series of outdoor rooms defined by tightly sheared angles alternating between evergreen and deciduous plants. The hedges creating these rooms provide a sense of separation and are arranged to maintain visibility to these spaces from the street and the future building lobby. The park design also is arranged to encourage cut-through pedestrian circulation which also connects each park room.
Each room plays a role in providing seasonal interest and flexible use to serve user needs in the area - including a modest turf space, a garden with color-themed perennials and ornamental grasses, and a paved hardscape suitable for seating, dining and gatherings.