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Polk Bros Park Performance Lawn

Features Less than 5% sloped route around stage and lawn | Dispersed accessible seating with companion seats | Accessible surfaces extending to lawn seating | Wall designed specifically for easier transfer to lawn seating

The park embodies the belief of its prime patron, the Polk Bros Foundation, that the arts and culture should be accessible to everyone.

Chicago, Illinois
Scope of Services
Accessibility Consulting
Universal Design Consulting

Landscape Architect
James Corner Field Operations

Special Recognition
Chicago Architect, feature

The performance lawn at Polk Brothers Park incorporates accessibility and universal design elements to welcome a diverse audience. Reinventing an underutilized 13-acre entry zone to Navy Pier, the park is a vibrant, interactive green space. The outdoor public space accommodates free arts and cultural programs, appealing to the city’s diverse citizens and visitors. 

As part of Chicago’s ADA 25 initiative, LCM conferred with the James Corner design team that planned the park. Discussions explored accessibility and universal design enhancements to improve the experience of all users. LCM reviewed plans and proposed solutions for specific amenities, such as sloping and stepped seating areas of the open-air venue.

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