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Ravinia Business District Streetscape Improvement Project

The City is currently working with a consultant team to develop engineering and streetscape design documents for the Ravinia Business District. The project will further the concepts presented in the 2012 Streetscape Design & Identity Plan and findings from the Strand Associates’ 2012 Utility Adequacy Study, and includes the next phase of design work that will identify specific installation locations and provide detailed cost estimates for a final streetscape plan for the District. The goals of the project are to:

  • Upgrade the Roger Williams Avenue corridor to leverage additional private investment in the district and elevate the Ravinia Business District into a vibrant, modern mixed-use neighborhood;
  • Stimulate additional reinvestment and growth in the area; 
  • Enhance the quality-of-life for the adjacent residential neighborhood; 
  • Further establish the district as a destination for pedestrians and cyclists; and 
  • Provide a streetscape infrastructure that offers a connected, welcoming business district to visitors.

Check back to this webpage for project updates and to learn about opportunities to get involved!

Public Input 

Open House Flyer_webThe final product of the Ravinia Business District Streetscape Improvement Project will be the result of community engagement and participation. The project has included a robust public input process that, to date, has included focus group interviews, a public workshop, events at the Ravinia Farmers Market and Food Truck Thursday, a neighborhood meeting, and close coordination with the Ravinia Business District Association. 

Community Open House
Stop by the Ravinia Metra Station anytime between 4-8 PM on Thursday, September 6 for a Community Open House presenting the proposed plans, including the installation of new street lights, for the Ravinia Business District Streetscape Improvement Project. Learn about the project and provide your input!

City Council Update

The project team presented an update of the project at the Committee of the Whole on June 25, 2018.  Included in the presentation were outcomes from the public engagement process. Click here to see additional information and view the presentation.

IMG_3673Public Workshop
The City hosted a Public Workshop on June 6, 2018, as well as solicited feedback from the community at the Ravinia Farmers Market and Food Truck Thursday on June 13 and 14, respectively. Participants at these events voted on their preferred design concepts for streetscape elements that included lighting, paving, benches, trash cans, bike racks, and plantings.




About the Ravinia Streetscape Improvement Project

The Ravinia Streetscape Improvement Project furthers the concepts presented in the 2012 Streetscape Design & Identity Plan and findings from the Strand Associates’ 2012 Utility Adequacy Study, and includes the next phase of design work that will identify specific installation locations and provide detailed cost estimates for a final streetscape plan for the District. In addition, the project includes the installation of new lighting within the Ravinia Business District within the next year. The goals of the project are to upgrade the Roger Williams Avenue corridor to leverage additional private investment in the district and elevate the Ravinia Business District into a welcoming, vibrant, and modern mixed-use neighborhood.

Questions? Please contact Jaemi Jackson, Planner II: jjackson@cityhpil.com 847.926.1853 or Drew Awsumb, Deputy Director of Community Development: dawsumb@cityhpil.com or 847.926.1612