This site is located in Chicago’s downtown, and is next to Pritzker Park, the State Street historic retail corridor, the City’s main public library branch, multiple higher education institutions, and several transit stations. The City is seeking redevelopment of this site to build upon the growth trend of its urban core, which has had the fastest growing population of any U.S. city, increasing 50% since 2000.
The site includes four City-owned parcels for sale, one of which has a 4-level garage structure at 331 S. Plymouth Court that would need to be demolished. The Cityowned parcels are next to Pritzker Park, which was initially established in 1991 when the Harold Washington Library was completed. Several higher education institutions are located near the site including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School, DePaul University, Columbia College, School of the Art Institute, Roosevelt University, and Robert Morris University. The parcels are also next to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated train station which serves the Orange, Brown, Pink, and Purple lines. There are also underground CTA stations for the Red and Blue lines at State Street and Dearborn Street.
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Local zoning law allows for a wide variety of uses in this downtown district, such as multifamily residential units, office, institutional, and ground-floor retail/commercial spaces. The City encourages responders to provide a carbon neutral project that includes a mix of uses for mixed income users with spaces that support local businesses. For more information on the City‘s redevelopment goals, expectations, and requirements for the redevelopment of this site, please refer to Sections 3, 4, and 5.
The provisional timeline of the final phase of the competition is as follows:
➢ Kick-off of RFP: September 22, 2020
➢ Preparation of RFP: September 22, 2020, through to end of January 2021 - Restriction of the site Data Room to the finalist bidder teams only
➢ Submission of RFP by shortlisted teams: January 29, 2021, 6pm UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), which corresponds to midnight in the local time of the City of Chicago (Central Standard Time) ➢ Selection of winners: March 2021
Note that this provisional timeline may be adjusted by the City and C40 during the process. In that event, the modification will be sent by email to the finalist teams.
Site Ownership and Parcel Information
City-owned parcels for sale (parcel map is available on the C40 Chicago Site Data Room):
Site Area: approximately 16,000 square feet
Ward: 4th Ward, Alderman Sophia King
Type of property transfer intended
The City is seeking development teams to purchase and redevelop the City-owned parcels. Agreement to transfer site ownership is subject to additional reviews and approvals such as zoning entitlement, any City financial assistance applications, and permits. The site ownership transfer would then follow the City’s negotiated sale process, which requires final approval from Chicago’s City Council and Mayor. The City expects bidders to include proposed funding for future improvements to the adjacent Pritzker Park. The winning team will then work with Park District staff and the community on the design of the park improvements.
All the documents of the EOI must be submitted in English.
If you have a question or would like more details on the Reinventing Cities competition, please use the form below. You will receive a response via email.