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Decades of research shows that expanding roads doesn’t provide lasting congestion relief. More lanes means more traffic.

Pop-up complete streets projects

Pop-up demonstrations of complete streets projects are temporary street treatments that provide community members with a tangible visualization of how walking, bicycling, and public transit facilities can create safer, more engaging streets.

Suburban Cook County municipalities hosted pop-up events in the summer and early fall of 2016. Here’s a collection of videos that showcase five of those events:

Here’s a general overview of how the pop-up events work and the ideas behind them.

Each video below highlights pop-up complete streets events held in individual communities. Check ’em out.


Richton Park


South Chicago Heights

South Chicago Heights (time lapse version)

Willow Springs


These demonstration projects are part of the Healthy HotSpot initiative. Healthy HotSpot is an initiative led by the Cook County Department of Public Health that aims to build healthy places in suburban Cook County through community partnerships.

Thanks to Mark Lind for creating this series of videos for Active Trans and the local communities.