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Winthrop Garden POP1 is the third public outdoor plaza to open with funding through the Chicago Recovery Plan

Lightfoot Cuts Ribbon on Third of 10 New Public Plazas

Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently cut the ribbon on the Winthrop Garden POP! in the North Side’s Uptown neighborhood. It’s the third plaza to open as part of the Chicago Recovery Plan, the city’s $2.5-billion investment in neighborhoods. 

The plan was announced in August and establishes 10 new public plazas to provide spaces for recreation, performances, pop-up shops, gardening and other neighborhood activities at strategic locations across the South, West and North sides. Selected through a Request for Proposals from the Department of Planning and Development’s Public Outdoor Plaza (POP!) program, each plaza will be constructed and managed by community organizations using up to $500,000 in Chicago Recovery Plan funding. 

“These highly designed and accessible spaces will become focal points for arts and culture, passive recreation and public amenities that underscore the city’s commitment to an equitable and sustainable economic recovery,” DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox said in August. 



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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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