Lakeside Retail

Chicago, Illinois

OKW is working for McCaffery Interests to plan and design the initital 80 acre phase of their planned 700 acre redevelopment of the former US Steel South Works Mill, on a prime lakefront location on Chicago's southeast side. McCaffery sought out OKW's retail planning expertise to transform 80 acres of a initial masterplan into a 400,000 SF retail plan, incorporating a new Mariano's grocery store, 2 to 3 big box anchors, movie theater, health club and several mid - small box tenants.

OKW developed a plan and an architectural language that reinforced the brand identity McCaffery sought for the overall development. Generous areas of landscaping break up large parking fields, provide sustainable stormwater management, and tie the overall site into the borader ecology of the restored lakefront.