Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What Makes Your Place Great?

"Great places define our lives. They inspire us, relax us, encourage us to sit and talk awhile with our neighbors. From plazas to beaches, street corners to playgrounds, Chicagoland is a patchwork of thousands of great neighborhood places. Now is your chance to nominate your favorite neighborhood place as Chicagoland’s best." (

Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council and New York's Project for Public Places have teamed up for this year's "What Makes Your Place Great?" contest. From June 3 to July 27, 2009, enter the contest by sending MPC original photographs or videos of your favorite public space in Chicagoland. Together with a 250-word-or-less description, your photos or videos should describe why this place is special to you and how it adds to your community.

Placemaking Chicago’s Review Panel will then select Photo Finalists and Video Finalists to move onto the final judging. Two winners will be chosen in each category: A panel of judges will choose one Grand Prize winner from each category, and the public will vote on from Aug. 10 to Sept. 14, 2009, to select the People’s Choice winner in each category. Winners will receive prizes and the chance to tell the story of their favorite place at a Metropolitan Planning Council event in Chicago in October.

{Images courtesy of Mark Gallagher - used with permission}

1 comment:

K said...

On behalf of MPC, thanks for promoting the contest! We received more than 50 entries of great public places around the region.

Online voting will begin Aug. 14 and run through Sept. 10, so please visit to vote for your favorite photo and video entry.