Supporting Small Businesses and Commercial Corridors to Reopen through Design (Response to COVID-19)
City Open Workshop and our partners have witnessed our City's small businesses and neighborhood corridors struggle with the impact of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of their ability to re-open. As a community-led group of designers and policy professionals, during the Summer of 2020, we are committing our organizing capacity, network, and resources to re-imagining open and outdoor spaces for expanded entertainment, convening and business uses.
Below is a resource guide to some of our initiatives and relevant partners for the Summer. However, over time, we believe this exploratory effort this Summer will evolve into more innovative ways to use streets, plazas, sidewalks and parks for more flexible and equitable cities.
Image above: Broadway in Lakeview allows more than 30 restaurants to expand patio seating into the street (June 15, 2020).
Resource Guide to Restaurant Reopening
City Open Workshop brought together participating designers (see Designer Directory below) in Illinois Restaurant Association office hours as they worked to answer questions for local restaurants each week. This group ultimately coalesced into the core team members that agreed on the need to create a restaurant resource guide for re-opening for restaurants and chambers of commerce as a pattern of similar questions emerged week to week.
The group created responses and links to commonly answered questions and also elevated issues that required images or infographics to better understand how to set up a tent, sidewalk cafe permitting and parklets for example. Each firm worked on creating images that can be seen in the final guide.
Our work and final guides (English and Spanish) can be dowloaded from the project page.
In partnership with the Illinois Restaurant Association, City Open Workshop is inviting interested designers to register with the linked designer directory for firms or individuals interested in pro-bono consultations in June, July and early August.
*Indicated design groups and individuals below are available to continue being resources during the Fall and Winter.
Civic Projects* (Fall / Winter)
Phone: (312) 217 1570
DLR Group* (Fall / Winter)
Phone: (312) 780-1018
Ian Miley* (Fall / Winter)
Phone: (405) 898-7538
Integro Rehab LLC* (Fall/Winter)
Allyson Case Anderson
Phone: (312) 213-6321
Latent Design* (Fall / Winter)
Phone: (312) 344-1498
O'Kelly Kasprak* (Fall/Winter)
Phone: (312) 962-5977
Ratio* (Fall / Winter)
Phone: (312) 763-7203
Sam Schwartz* (Fall/Winter)
Phone: (312) 736-2547
SmithGroup* (Fall / Winter)
Phone: (312) 586-4748
Wyzendale* (Fall / Winter)
Phone: (312) 723-0480
Advisory services will consist of conditions assessment, DOB guideline review, permit navigation and concept design. Actual permitting and stamped drawings would involve a more formalized engagement with a design firm.
City Open Workshop is merely facilitating connections and engagement between the listed architecture practices and business owners. The services relationship and agreements between parties will be directly agreed among them, and City Open does have is not responsible for the design advice and services provided, nor can guarantee any provision of services.