The Lakeview Low-Line re-envisions the half-mile space beneath the CTA ‘L’ tracks between Southport and Lincoln avenues as an exciting Chicago art destination and a fun and dynamic path connecting Lakeview.
As a unique attraction, the Lakeview Low-Line not only beautifies and greens the neighborhood, but also has the potential to become a landmark attracting attention to Lakeview and Roscoe Village while encouraging both visitors and residents to explore our local business districts. Mural walls along the walkway play host to rotating art exhibits, creating a larger-than-life outdoor gallery, while an interactive light installation along the length of the path will playfully celebrate the ‘L’ structure, creating a quintessentially Chicago experience. Plazas located at Southport, Ashland and Paulina incorporate seating elements and opportunities for programming, enhancing the experience for CTA riders and reinforcing the identity of the CTA stations as the heart of our neighborhood. Additionally, a new park at Marshfield Ave. will surprise and delight visitors to the Lakeview Low-Line with an urban forest and planted mounds, creating a playful yet relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Lakeview Low-Line was first introduced in the 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan as a means of connecting the neighborhood’s unique sub-districts and beautifying Lakeview. Special Service Area 27 and its 501(c)(3) non-profit partner organization, Friends of Lakeview, have partnered with PORT, a leading-edge design consultancy, to envision the future of the Lakeview Low-Line.
About the Lakeview Low-Line
Mural walls play host to rotating art exhibits, creating a larger-than-life outdoor gallery. Currently, you can find murals from artists Lauren Asta, Antonio Beniquez, Sharon Dowell, Chad Kouri, Felix Maldonado, Jr., Mauricio Ramirez, JC Rivera, Chris Silva and Yollocalli Arts Reach along the Lakeview Low-Line.
Interactive Light Installation
Soon to be completed, an interactive light installation will playfully celebrate the ‘L’ structure, creating a quintessentially Chicago experience. The lights will change colors and patterns, responding playfully to their environment and even activating when the CTA ‘L’ train rumbles overhead!
Flexible public plazas located at Southport Ave. and Paulina St. incorporate seating elements and opportunities for programming, enhancing the experience for CTA riders and reinforcing the identity of the CTA stations as the heart of our neighborhood.
Support the Lakeview Low-Line
Help make the Lakeview Low-Line vision become a reality! We are currently fundraising for construction of Phase 2, which will connect Ashland and Lincoln avenues including a new park at Marshfield Ave. Donate now or visit our fundraising page. Lakeview Low-Line donations benefit Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Presenting Artwalk Sponsor
Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Shapiro Family Fund
Luis Monje & William Pepin
Erin Schwartz & Brian Harris
Southport Grocery & Cafe
David Spielfogel & Lee Crandell
Leyla and Erol Usmen
Chicago Association of REALTORS® CommercialForum
Mark Cozzi and James Goeke
Seminary Properties and Management, Ltd.
The Donna & Harry McDonald Family Foundation
Central Federal Savings
In Honor of Ziggy Duncan