Each year, CNU-IL awards projects and people that best fulfill and advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

The Urban Citizen Award is an award that recognizes a person or organization for their outstanding implementation of projects, strategies, initiatives or policy changes in the state of Illinois that are in alignment with the principles found within the Charter of the New Urbanism.

Winners are chosen by a jury of distinguished architects, designers, developers, engineers, planners, and scholars.  Projects are submitted representing: the region (metropolis, city, and town); the neighborhood, district, & corridor and lastly; the block, the street, and the building.  

Winners are recognized at the CNU-IL Winter Social in early December. 



2013 Award Winners


Best Block

Best Street


Midtown Square (Glenview, IL)  A mixed-use redevelopment in downtown Glenview within walking distance of the Metra commuter station that is a manifestation of the Village's new form-based code



River Street Shared Street (Batavia, IL).  A downtown street in an underutilized block that was redesigned as a zero-step shared street and transformed the block.

Best Neighborhood Plan

Best Building


The 9750 (Orland Park, IL)  A high density mixed-use building next to Orland Park's Metra commuter station and the first project in a significant TOD plan/project the Village is undertaking.



Near South Loop Master Plan  A richly detailed plan for establishing a vibrant neighborhood where railroad yards and pedestal buildings exist now.

Best Corridor

Best Regional Plan


A Vision for Division (Plainfield, IL)   A "restoration" plan for a corridor that was the original urbanism that was changed by suburban development--and IDOT policies. The plan is being implemented.



After Burnham: The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109   This was submitted by University of Notre Dame and is an ambitious transformation of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago applying new urbanism, urban agriculture and sustainable development practices across the region following economic decline and repurposing of the region's urban and natural landscape.

Best Town Plan


Thank you to all who submitted entries for the CNU Illinois Charter Awards and congratulations to our seven award winners.  This year we had our largest number of entries which made the jury process exciting and challenging.  We appreciate your continued interest in promoting new urbanism principles through your participation in these awards.  Good luck to those winners who choose to pursue the CNU National Charter Awards!   


Yours truly,




Growing Green: Park Forest Sustainability Plan  A community-based plan for transforming this post-war suburb into a sustainable place and reinforcing and improving the urbanism that presently exists.


Previous CNU Illinois Charter Award Winners

2012 Award Winners


Winners in 2012 were:

Charter Award
Harper Court in Hyde Park by Harper Court Partners, LLC in partnership with the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago.

Merit Award
Village of Mundelein Master Redevelopment Implementation Plan by Farr and Associates.

Honorable Mention
Jane's Noble Village by Gorman & Company, Inc., in conjuction with the Rockford Housing Authority and the City of Rockford.

Urban Citizen Award
Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner

Harper Court - Charter Award
Village of Mundelein Redevelopment - Merit Award

Pictured above and to the left

Janes's Noble Village - Honorable Mention

Pictured above and to the right



A special thank you to our 2012 Charter Award jury for participating in the selection process!  Their insight and judgement instill a tremendous amout of credibility  to these awards.


The jury consisted of: (seated, left to right) Todd Fagan (ARC Design Group), Ezra Monasebian (Will County Land Use Department), Steve Lazzara (Will County Land Use Department), (standing, left to right) Peter Kindel (Smith & Gil Architects), Jennifer McNiel-Dhadwal (URS), Sara Ellis (Will County Land Use Department), and Tim Scott (Village of Hinsdale).

Gabe Klein - Citizen Award

Photography from Chicago Department of Transportation

2011 Award Winners

Winners in 2011 were:

Charter Award
Grand Central High Speed Rail Terminal by MGLM Architects (Top Left)
Grant Place Rowhomes by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson (Middle Left)

Merit Award
Garfield Boulevard Regeneration Planning Study by HOK
Pullman Park by Pappageorge Haymes Partners (Bottom Right)

Honorable Mention
Devon-Sheridan TIF District Design Guidelines / Vision Plan and Loyola Station  Square by Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Shrinking Towards Urbanism: East St. Louis Transit Corridor by Farr Associates

Urban Citizen Award
Reverend Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
Ms. Rashmi Ramaswamy, SHED Studio
Mr. Tom Roeser, Otto Engineering