Entertainment District Master Plan

SCB was invited by Heirs of Bronzeville to participate in a redevelopment ideas competition for a site between 51st and 54th Streets, on Chicago’s southside. The client proposed an ambitious program for the site which included commercial, media arts education facilities, and community uses. SCB began the master planning process by organizing the program elements into activity zones on the site.


Heirs of Bronzeville


Chicago, IL


Planning /
Urban Design + Master Plans /

The Entertainment Complex acts as a gateway from the 51st Street retail corridor. It houses retail, a bowling alley, cinema, and other commercial entertainment venues organized around a central courtyard. The Entertainment Complex would provide opportunities for 24/7 activity. South of the Entertainment Complex are a hotel, museum, and conference center uses which makes up the central Visitor Zone. East of this is the Community Zone, which respectfully incorporates two existing historic churches on the site as well as creates a place for a Children’s Museum, outdoor play areas, and a terraced storm water learning garden. The terminus of the master plan’s central boulevard is the elliptical-shaped Performing Arts Center, with both exterior and interior performance spaces. Surrounding the Performing Arts Center are a variety of art classrooms, practices areas, and arts activity spaces. Finally, along the southern edge of the site, affordable live/work residential units create a transition to the building scale with the adjoining residential neighborhood.