Welcome to ACCESS JEFF PARK, the website for the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan. The plan will focus around the Jefferson Park Station Area in Chicago, home to the CTA Blue Line, Metra UP Northwest, twelve CTA bus lines, and three Pace bus lines. The plan will look at improving access for all modes of transportation and form a vision for complementary uses around the station to support local businesses and the character of the surrounding Jefferson Park community. The project is being led by the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development and Alderman John Arena, with support from the Regional Transportation Authority.

To get involved in the plan, we encourage you to:

  • Follow the website with this EMAIL SIGNUP to get all future project updates
  • Use the SHARE YOUR IDEA tool to provide a photo or a document that accentuates your ideas for Jefferson Park
  • Review RESOURCES, such as maps of the Project Study Area and Market Area

Recent updates include:


The results are in.  In total, 969 people answered questions about what they want to see for future improvements of the Jefferson Park Station Area. 70% of respondents live in the neighborhood, while most others are residents of the neighboring communities of Norwood Park, Forest Glen, Edgebrook, or Mayfair.

Some survey highlights include:

  • 84% of respondents rate transit access as either good or excellent.
    • Local shopping (77%), restaurants (70%), and walkability (49%) are the top elements rated as needing improvement.
  • Almost half (48%) of respondents report that they shop in Jefferson Park at least once per week.
    • 58% of people also shop in Niles at least once per week, and other popular areas include: Harlem Irving Plaza, Edison Park/Norwood Park, Six Corners, Lincoln Square, Harwood Heights, and Park Ridge.
  • The most common place for respondents to dine is Jefferson Park, with 43% reporting that they go to a neighborhood restaurant at least once per week.
    • Other dining destinations include: Niles, Edison Park/Norwood Park, Portage Park, Rosemont, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, Park Ridge, and Downtown.
  • 67% of respondents say that pedestrian crossings are a high priority for future improvements in the station area.
    • Other high priorities are improvements to staircases and viaducts (62%), greater walkability (46%), and more landscaping and greenery (39%).


Thank you to all who took the time to fill out the survey! Your responses will help to inform the remainder of the planning process and will help shape recommendations for the Master Plan.  Please continue to submit comments through the Share Your Idea feature at www.accessjeffpark.org.


Packed House at First Community Meeting

What is Jeff Park?

“Gateway to Chicago”
“Suburb in the city”
“Best neighborhood transportation hub in Chicago”
“Small town with a neighborhood downtown”

All of the above?

These were some of the ideas that came out at the first Community Meeting for the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan, which was held on Monday, June 19, at the Copernicus Center.

Over 150 residents and representatives from businesses and non-profit organizations participated in an evening session that explored key issues facing the area around the Jefferson Park Transit Center. Alderman John Arena kicked-off the meeting by welcoming everyone and calling for a need for a Master Plan to create and implement a vision for Jeff Park. With CTA due to renovate the transit center, the community is excited to plan and have input on what should happen nearby the station.

Participants broke into three sessions to discuss three core topic areas: (1) community character and land use, (2) economic development and housing, and (3) transportation access.

Interactive Discussions Around Three Core Topics

Residents described the pride they had in Jeff Park, but concern over storefront vacancies and the need to attract more businesses and amenities to the area. As one resident put it, “We have a lot of history here, but it’s not reflected in the design and function around the transit center.” Another resident noted, “We need to bring out the character and bring a quality to the community in a way that is genuine as a true Chicago neighborhood.”

Ideas for attracting businesses covered a broad range, including launching a major marketing campaign, providing a neighborhood activity center for travelers staying nearby, and providing a major uplift of the look of the storefronts and streetscape. People observed that there are some great local businesses like Gale Street Inn, Rep Chi, and the newly opened Chelita’s Homemade Ice Cream. However they wish they were located closer together , making it more appealing to walk around.

Ideas for transportation focused on improving the walkability of the area, providing safe pedestrian crossings, taking advantage of nearby bike paths in the Forest Preserve, reducing conflicts between cars, bikes and pedestrians, and exploring parking strategies in appropriate locations.

Next steps include encouraging more participants to take the COMMUNITY SURVEY, which will be open through Friday, June 30 (500+ responses so far!), making comments anytime through the project website (use the SHARE YOUR IDEA tool), and coming back together this fall to review initial strategies.

For coverage in Nadig Newspapers, please see here.

Visit the DOCUMENTS page to access the presentation slides and exhibits presented at the meeting.

Comment Cards

Check out the UPDATES page for past project news.