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Joliet Town Square / Chicago Street Corridor
The City of Joliet
Gingko Planning + Design (Planners)
The proposed Joliet City Square is located at the nexus of art, culture, commerce, and history in the heart of downtown Joliet.
Currently a vacant parking lot and underutilized fountain plaza, the space envisioned for this project is immediately adjacent to the Rialto Theater, the Joliet Public Library, a variety of small businesses, a large parking garage, and historic Route 66. The context provides a rich setting for a vibrant urban space and is anticipated to become the impetus for new economic development.
Our team worked collaboratively with the community to craft a Master Plan for the proposed City Square and the adjacent Chicago Street (Historic Route 66), proposing a design with a series of distinct outdoor rooms as settings for diverse experiences. The design has classic bones and a contemporary skin, providing a front yard for locals and a welcome mat for guests with elements such as a red carpet plaza extending into the site from the Rialto Theater, and a thematic garden associated with the Joliet Public Library.