Local businesses assess the impact of the Lincoln Yards project

By Louis Ricard
Medill Reports

Developer Sterling Bay is working with the City of Chicago to bring a new recreational area in Lincoln Yards, a massive city-within-a-city proposed development

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After Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd) gave his approval earlier this month to the third and latest proposal in his ward, the Chicago Plan Commission voted unanimously in favor of the project Thursday during its monthly meeting. The new project straddles 55 acres of the Chicago River on Chicago near North Side will cost up to $6 billion to develop, helping to reshape the entire area, according to Sterling Bay’s website.

The developer scrapped the original soccer stadium planned in the summer and decided to add more park space, according to an article from the Chicago Sun Times.

But no matter what direction the project takes, the community of Lincoln Yards will be affected, and people have mixed emotions toward it.

Meet the faces behind the Lincoln Yards Project:

The next step for Sterling Bay is to get the approval of the Chicago Department of Transportation along with obtaining the various constructions permits for the project.

Photo at top: With the plans for Lincoln Yards, Robyn Lalonde said she’s uncertain about what the future holds. She owns Edge Athlete Lounge, 1747 N. Elston Ave. “We’re kind of at a weird point right now, where a lot of this neighborhood has been purchased
and people have moved out, which means traffic is super light,” she said. (Louis Ricard/Medill)