Come join us for two lively evenings of learning, discussion and design to reimagine what's possible in downtown Oak Park at Lake & Forest. Though a 18-story high rise is currently proposed for the site, is that what our community needs? Join us Wednesday May 24 and Thursday May 25 to:  

  • Have a community discussion about the design of large-scale buildings in our community.

  • Offer expert perspectives on approach development in our village.

  • Generate design options for the site at Lake and Forest that reflects a fuller picture of the needs of Oak Parkers.


Session 1:
Panel Discussion: Envision Development
Wednesday 24 May 6:30-8pm
L!ve Cafe, 163 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL

Join this discussion with expert panelists about development in Oak Park. We'll dive into considerations for a design and development vision for Oak Park, key considerations, lessons learned, and specifics about the Lake & Forest site. Speakers include:

  • Reesheda Graham-Washington, Executive Director of The Communities First Association and owner of L!ve Cafe 

  • Dr. Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH and Studio Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Tom Bassett-Dilley, Architect and sustainability expert, architect for Park District of Oak Park's Austin Gardens building

  • Samantha Choudhury, Urban Planner & Place Maker, Civic Projects, LLC

  • (Moderator) Brian Hammersley, Hammersley Architecture


Session 2:
Community Design
Thursday 25 May 6:30-8 pm
L!ve Cafe, 163 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL

Come back for evening #2 to join in a community design experience following the previous day's discussion and insights. Work with your fellow community members in creating ideas for the Lake & Forest site, led by facilitators. We'll come out of the session with a range of community-driven schemes to present to the general public and other administrative bodies within Oak Park about design alternatives for the site at Lake & Forest.

Envision Oak Park: Community Design Forum, Lake & Forest

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