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2023 APA-IL Project Award Winners Announced!

The Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL) is pleased to announce the 2023 Project Award recipients. The Chapter received a total of 21 nominations for outstanding examples of planning in Illinois. Congratulations to all who are recognized for their hard work, which seeks to advance the profession of planning in Illinois and nationwide!

Advancing Diversity and Social Change Award

POP! Heights Park

Submitted by Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Advancing Diversity and Social Change Award

Logan Square Blue Line TOD Development Action Plan

Submitted by Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Best Practice Award

DPD Chicago Recovery Plan: Operationalizing Equitable Grant-Making

Submitted by City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

We Will Chicago: A Framework for the City's Future

Submitted by City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Historic Exploration Award

Adventures in Stockton: Placemaking Initiative

Submitted by All Together

Strategic Plan Award

Soul City Corridor, Chicago Avenue Development Framework Plan

Submitted by Perkins and Will

Strategic Plan Award

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line Extension (RLE) Transit-Supportive Development (TSD) Plan

Submitted by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)

Healthy and Active Community Award

No awards this year.

Student Project Award

Chicago’s New Nature: An Ecological Override Plan

Submitted by University of Illinois at Chicago


Join these Award Winners at the 2023 APA-IL State Conference

Award winning plans will be recognized and 2023 Service Award winners will be announced at the 2023 Awards Ceremony during this year's State Conference in Naperville, IL:

  • 9/28/22 @ 4:30 - 5:30 PM Awards Ceremony

  • 9/28/22 @ 5:30 - 6:30 PM Awards Reception and Meet & Greet

Conference Details at a Glance

September 11-13, 2023

North Central College

Naperville, IL 60607

The 2023 Awards Program is complimentary to all 2023 State Conference attendees. Conference registration rates increase on August 25, 2023 so be sure to register now. Please be sure to register for the both Awards Ceremony and the Awards Reception to save your seat at the program.


About Us

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) is Illinois' source for networking and professional development in the field of urban planning. The Illinois Chapter strives to enhance planning skills and knowledge through a number of activities including an annual Statewide conference, section meetings, planning awards, professional development, a newsletter, the website, and more. The Chapter exists as part of the larger American Planning Association. For more information about the APA-IL, visit Questions regarding the Awards Program should be directed to APA-IL Awards Chair, Sara Egan, AICP at


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