Placemaking Chicago describes itself as "a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place. The vision can evolve quickly into an implementation strategy, beginning with small-scale, do-able improvements that can immediately bring benefits to public spaces and the people who use them".
It was initiated by government and a non-governmental organisation/charity and encourages people to participate through organising & campaigning and research & learning. Placemaking Chicago is local in orientation and concerned with neighbourhood & community.
It was launched in 2008 and is ongoing.