East 39th Street Commercial Corridor Plan by Chris Devins


Street Commercial Corridor Plan is a comprehensive commercial real estate development plan that envisions the future of the East 39th Street Commercial
Corridor and the surrounding 2 mile trade area in Chicago, based on current demographic, real estate market, zoning, land use, political and commercial business data. For more visit Chris Devins Creative on the web. https;//chrisdevinscreative.com

idor. A MetroEdge retail scan 3 by of

the area shows that the most visited

establishments are by far the local

restaurants and fast food places.

4. Close and relocate the two liquor

stores on the corridor. This will

lessen noise, traffic, crime and congestion

in the cluster that is Vegas

and Rothschild’s liquor stores and

improve safety in the area.

5. Replace the two liquor stores with

one sports bar to attract White Sox

fans after games. Tapping into the

fan base spilling out of the Chicago

White US Cellular Field parking lot at

39th on the other side of 90/94 after

games will bring new spending to the


6. Enhance the corridor’s streetscape

and improve its look and feel using

TIF 61 and Enterprise Zone 2 funds.

There are other steps that can be

taken, as well. Plant more trees along

the road and plants and benches to

separate the sidewalk from the street

and make for a better pedestrian

3 http://www.metroedge.org/uploads/metroedge/documents/grand_boulevard.pdf


experience. Provide better marking

on the corridor’s available parking

spaces and employ gate¬way signage

on the corridor itself and on

the 90/94 and Lake Shore Drive exits

to lead people to the corridor and

increase corridor visits. Use infill

development to increase population

and stabilize the community.

Provide culture within which to

place the retail by creating an identity

billboard and shops campaign

and other mechanisms cultural to

reconnect residents and stakeholders

with Bronzeville’s historic past,

bolster identity and drive retail sales.

Encourage Transit-Oriented Development

around the 40th and Indiana

CTA Green line stop. Break the 90/94

barrier and lure people from West

Pershing Road over to the corridor

with amenities. Attract a “big box”

anchor retailer (with 90/94’s central

location and high ADT’s) to the

large, open tracts of land just east

of 90/94 on 39th ,some of which are

owned by the Illinois Department of

Transportation. Such new businesses

could be attracted to the corridor

given the high traffic counts along

Interstate 90/94. The idea is to create

a local neighborhood commercial

strip that also draws people in from

further out.