Winter Recap and Spring(ing) Forward

February was a busy month for Elevate Devon and March is shaping up to be even busier!

The Journey So Far

In February we had our Student Ambassador orientation, where we got to know the two Loyola University Chicago students who will be providing outreach support and invaluable feedback on the Elevate Devon planning process. We also held our second Steering Committee meeting, where Committee members discussed the engagement process thus far, marketing and identity, future workshops and open houses, and plan goals.

Placemaking, Polls, and Pop Ups, Oh My!

This Spring is going to be chock full of ways to engage in the Elevate Devon planning process – both virtually and in-person. Here are just a few of the ways we’ll be engaging community in the weeks to come:

Placemaking Poll

Our “Placemaking on Devon” poll will be going live soon. The poll will give stakeholders and community members the opportunity to share their vision for the future of Devon’s streetscape, identity, and more. Keep an eye out for an email in the next few weeks!

Corridor Pop Ups

Our team is working hard to engage the diverse users and neighbors of Devon Avenue, and we are planning in-person pop ups along the corridor as the weather warms up and the sun comes out. Tentatively planned for the last week in March, weather pending, these pop ups are meant to start dynamic conversations with Devon Avenue passerby; Loyola students, faculty, and staff; residents; and business owners.

Continued Feedback and Engagement

If you haven’t already (or if you’ve got some more bright ideas to share), don’t forget to fill out our super quick, one-question poll and add ideas, challenges, and thoughts to our Elevate Devon interactive comment map!

As always, if you have any questions about the process or how to get more involved, please reach out here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first poll, which closed on April 4th. Over 640 responses were provided, helping to frame needs, challenges, opportunities, and priorities for Devon.

Check out all those idea sprinkles!

Click the map below to add insights and give a “thumbs-up” to ideas you support.

Published by Elevate Devon

Elevate Devon is a pivotal corridor study focused on enhancing Devon Avenue between Sheridan Road and Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago. What can be done to enliven this eclectic 1-mile stretch, foster sense of place, and help local businesses thrive? Visit to share ideas and help shape the future of Devon!

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