Extra! Extra! April Newsletter Special Report

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As noted on the Village website…

On April 13, the Village published a special edition of the Winnetka Report newsletter– entirely dedicated to the Downtown Master Plan. We invite you to learn about the process and what the community has said about the future of the business districts to-date. Also, you will be able to explore the redevelopment site concepts discussed by the Steering Committee in February and March, 2016.

An excerpt from the Welcome Letter, written by Steering Committee Chair, Margaret Benson:

What would make Winnetka’s business districts more lively and inviting? Have you ever
wondered what the Post Office site could be in the future? Should our downtowns be
walkable, drivable or bikeable? All three? How do you feel about murals? What about
a gateway arch curving over Green Bay Road, welcoming drivers to Hubbard Woods?
Would you enjoy a few pocket parks sprinkled throughout retail and commercial spaces?

CLICK HERE TO VIEW: Downtown Master Plan Special Winnetka Report.



In the news: What Do Winnetkans Want?

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Daily Northshore | Article by Emily Spectre

WINNETKA – Lead consultants Teska Associates recently released vision statements for each of Winnetka’s three downtown business districts. “The vision statements celebrate the desired look, feel, function and overall objectives for each district as we look ahead into the future,” said Erin Cigliano, a senior associate and media specialist for Teska.


Teska’s approach to developing a master plan that can be used 20 years into the future is really community based. “The more input we get the more we are hitting the right points with the redevelopment considerations,” Cigliano said.


Teska will introduce its ideas for redevelopment of key sites at a steering committee meeting scheduled for Feb. 29. The steering committee, which comprises a mix of people such as long-term residents, active community members and realtors, will provide Teska with feedback. “It’s a really dynamic mix of those who understand the past and those who are visionaries for the future,” Cigliano said.

Cigliano encourages residents to get involved. “If people feel they aren’t a part of the process it is never too late,” she said. All of the steering committee meetings are open to the public with opportunity for public comment at the end of the meetings. Residents can also provide feedback on the project website.

Click here to read the full article

Business District Themes + Needs Revealed

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You said it! Kick-Off Meeting Starts Discussion on Winnetka’s Business Districts

101215 walking tourThe kick-off meeting for Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan was held the evening of October 12th at the Winnetka Community House.  Steering Committee members and Working Groups gathered from 6-9pm with the consultant team and started the night by venturing out on walking tours through downtown.  Participants stopped at different points along the way to discuss opportunities and general feedback unique to each vantage point and area.  After the walking tours, individuals reconvened at the Winnetka Community House, and sat down in groups to consider the top issues, opportunities and priorities facing each of the three business districts.  The three discussion questions and an overview of overall themes are listed below; click here to view a detailed summary.



  1. What are the Greatest Assets of Elm Street District?

Overall Themes:

  • Attractive architecture, charm, appearance, scale
  • Variety and mix of retailers and unique merchants
  • Access and walkability
  • Post Office Site


2. What are the Greatest Challenges Facing Hubbard Woods?

Overall Themes:

  • Parking and traffic along Green Bay
  • Vacancies
  • Lack of cohesion / mix of uses


3. What are the Greatest Needs of Indian Hill?

Overall Themes:

  • Lack of identity
  • Address high school population
  • Safety and connectivity of street crossings at Green Bay and Winnetka