Northerly Island

Creating an Ecological Urban Habitat


Chicago / USA


Studio Gang Architects


City of Chicago


Framework Plan Completed 2010; Anticipated Phase I Completion 2015

LEED Rating

targeted Gold

A framework plan for Northerly Island re-envisions 91 acres on Chicago’s lakefront, returning the land to public open space and ecological attractions. With its proposed amphitheatre, landscape, and reef, the island’s activities are focused on making connections to the outdoors and expanding educational opportunities synergistic with the adjacent Museum Campus.

For a PDF booklet of the complete plan, as well as a video explaining the project and its design, please visit the Chicago Park District's page.

Landscape Architect/Engineer: JJR


2013 Great Places Award, Planning, The Environmental Design Research Association

Selected Publications

2014 Jun 21, CBS Chicago Local
"Feds Tout Progress On Northerly Island Transformation"

2014 Jun 18, WTTW Chicago Tonight
"Northerly Island Transformation Nears Completion"

2012 Aug 3, Architect's Newspaper
"Northerly Island to Soon Become Lake Michigan Oasis"

2010 Dec 3, Chicago Public Radio, Eight Forty-Eight
"New plans for Northerly Island"

2010 Dec 1, Chicago Tribune
“New Northerly Island Park plan promises an oasis of ecology--and Daley's last hurrah”

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