Stop Power + Stay Power: Locals Share Insights at Pop-Ups & Virtual Workshop

Stop Power, Stay Power, Identity and Traffic Calming – Residents and businesses identify what they want most for Devon Avenue!

Thanks again to all who have participated so far! Remember to take our Placemaking Poll before it closes on May 18th!

We can do it alone, or we could do it together

Higher, by Zeshan B

Creating an active Devon was the theme of the evening for our Virtual Community Workshop on April 27th. The meeting started out by listening to local artist Zeshan B’s song “Higher.” Over the course of the meeting, we heard ideas about bringing vibrant sights, smells and sense of touch to enhance the Devon experience.

At the workshop we recapped our progress to date and had the privilege of hearing from local business owners and residents about their ideas for the future of Devon. Participants agreed that we are stronger together, and that the corridor needs a unified identity that embraces its diversity of businesses, people and places. Some highlights of feedback we received are below:

  • People want places to linger – places like coffee shops, breweries, and bookstores that encourage folks to stick around Devon
  • Creative synergy and corridor identity – use art, identity, signage and traffic calming to give the area synergy and connectedness; attract businesses to fill gaps, and keep you wanting to walk about and experience Devon.
  • Stop power is stay power – so many people travel down Devon, but how do we make them stop? We need to add elements like art + identity to the street that catch your eye and encourage you to pause on Devon.
Corridor Pop-Up at Devon Market

Click on the links below to view the Workshop Presentation and summary of findings from Poll #1 where 640+ locals identified their priorities for Devon. Further – many participants shared comments adding value and context to the poll results. We value your ideas and continued involvement in this process.

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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