The Gateway has transformed a formerly underutilized median—just steps from the marquee of the famous Chicago Theatre—into a popular gathering place for visitors, workers, residents and students.
It features red and blue seating elements, landscaped flowerboxes, trees and banners that welcome visitors to the Loop, and has showcased local performers and artists. The Gateway is actively managed by Chicago Loop Alliance's Clean Team and support staff from 7 am to 10 pm each day during the summer months, when it is open.
The Gateway is presented as a "people plaza"—the designation given by the City of Chicago to public plaza activations under its Make Way for People program. The project was made possible through the support of Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward and the Chicago Department of Transportation. It was envisioned by Chicago Loop Alliance’s Placemaking & Management Committee, which works to promote and activate physical assets and spaces in the Loop.