Harlem Avenue Corridor Development

Project Overview

Pace and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have jointly initiated the Central Harlem Avenue Corridor Study. This study focuses on land use and transit access with the aim of improving transit accessibility along Harlem Avenue from 71st Street to North Avenue. Harlem Avenue is one of Pace’s near-term priority corridors for future Pulse service.

The project team is tasked with evaluating current transit access and land use, conducting market analyses of real estate and economic development opportunities, coordinating recommendations with relevant past and ongoing planning efforts, and developing an implementation plan for improvements in the Central Harlem Avenue corridor.

Key project deliverables for this study will include:

  • Transit-supportive infrastructure improvements;
  • Development opportunities designed to improve transit accessibility along the corridor; and
  • Other improvements that will prepare the corridor for future implementation of Pace Pulse service.

Study Area

The study limits include a half-mile buffer around Harlem Avenue from 71st Street in Bridgeview near Toyota Park to North Avenue in Elmwood Park. This area includes the municipalities of Berwyn, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Chicago, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Forest View, Lyons, North Riverside, Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, Stickney and Summit.

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Study Timeline



Steering Committee

A Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the local municipalities, partner transit agencies, regional government entities and civic organizations, will help establish project goals and outcomes and will provide overall guidance throughout the study. Engaging and soliciting feedback from the Steering Committee will help to ensure that the analysis and subsequent recommendations correspond to real conditions and solutions.

The Steering Committee is expected to meet five times over the course of the study. Information, including meeting dates and materials, can be found below:

Steering Committee Meeting #1 -- January 18, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting #2 / Corridor Bus Tour -- February 27, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting #3 -- June 5, 2018

Public Meetings

The purpose of the public meetings is to gather information about the corridor from individuals who live, work and travel the corridor on a regular basis and to help strengthen the overall analysis and the recommendations.

The first public open house event will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the J. Sterling Morton West High School at 2400 Home Avenue in Berwyn, just east of Harlem Avenue between Cermak Road and West 26th Street. Project team members and agency staff will be present to discuss the findings from the existing conditions assessment, and to receive public comments and feedback about the study.

Additional public open house events will be held in the Fall of 2018, and will include preliminary recommendations from the study.