Where Chicago Connects

Welcome to Lincoln Yards, a vibrant new development that will connect Chicagoans to over 50 acres of riverfront sitting between some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods: Bucktown, Wicker Park and Lincoln Park. The development of Lincoln Yards presents a defining moment for Chicago to improve a vast, underutilized parcel of land to benefit residents, businesses and visitors.

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To breathe fresh life into a former industrial site in Chicago's North Branch Corridor. Bringing new and improved infrastructure and transportation, businesses and residences, parks and open spaces, and other amenities to create a vibrant, mixed-use community where Chicago can connect — building on the past to strengthen our future. Creating the connections that will generate greater opportunity and growth. 

This is the vision for Lincoln Yards.

A History of Lincoln Yards


The First Planned Manufacturing District

The First Planned Manufacturing District

The City of Chicago implemented its first Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) to allow for protected manufacturing zoning within the city limits.

1988 – 2013

Steel worker welding steel

The Next 25 Years

From 1988 – 2013, the PMD existed as the residential neighborhoods around it flourished. Families moved in and communities thrived – amenities, open space and retail became abundant.


vacant land in Lincoln Park

Manufacturing Moves On 

After 112 years in Lincoln Park, citing a lack of storage space, poor electrical access, and a changed neighborhood no longer suited to heavy industry, Finkl Steel moved out of the Clybourn Corridor PMD, razed their buildings, and put the land up for sale.


A. Finkl & Sons Co. building exterior

A New Opportunity for the Neighborhood

Sterling Bay began acquiring well-located industrial sites in the PMD which it believed were underutilized, undervalued and positioned for redevelopment.


Forging New Partnerships

Lone Star Funds validated the investment strategy and partnered with Sterling Bay.

MARCH 2017

Construction equipment cleaning up sites

Transforming Brownfields to Green Space

Thus far, we have:

  • Removed 25,000 tons of soil contaminated with petroleum products and volatile organic compounds
  • Treated 200 cubic yards of hazardous lead soils to render non-hazardous
  • Removed and disposed of 30 underground storage tanks containing petroleum products
  • Recycled 200,000 gallons of petroleum impacted water and 30,000 tons of clean concrete

JULY 2017

Moving Forward

The City of Chicago changed the zoning and repealed the Planned Manufacturing District (PMD). As a result, a broad array of commercial and residential uses became permitted.


The former Fleet and Facility Management site

Fleet and Facility Management

Sterling Bay purchased the former Fleet and Facility Management site along the river, adding 18 acres to its land assemblage. J.P. Morgan further validated Sterling Bay’s investment in Lincoln Yards by partnering with Sterling Bay on Lincoln Yards South.

JULY 2018

People engaging in a community meeting

Engaging the Community

In a community meeting hosted by Alderman Brian Hopkins, Sterling Bay unveiled its initial vision for Lincoln Yards, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the former manufacturing site into a new urban destination.

JULY 2018

People discussing feedback on the Lincoln Yards project

Connecting with Chicagoans

Sterling Bay continued its outreach efforts, meeting with dozens of local community groups and residents to hear their feedback, have thoughtful conversations and receive helpful input on the plans for Lincoln Yards.


Rendering of a winter scene in the Lincoln Yards area

Furthering the Discussion

Sterling Bay met again with community members and local neighbors to present updated and revised plans for Lincoln Yards.

Chicago’s New Urban

Custom office build-to-suit developments • Vibrant retail opportunities • Reinvigorated riverfront • New multi-modal transportation hub • Proposed 606 bike trail extension • Public riverwalk • Abundant recreation space
Art and culture • Future residential and hospitality opportunities


Lincoln Yards is centrally located within the northside of Chicago along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Specifically, Lincoln Yards is bounded by the Kennedy Expressway to the west; Webster Avenue to the north; Clybourn Avenue to the east; and North Avenue to the south. The area is in close proximity to all major modes of transportation in Chicago including Metra commuter trains, CTA ‘L’ stations and bus stops, I-90/I-94, water taxi transportation and the 606 bike trail.


Lincoln Yards is a centrally located, multi-modal hub for residents, businesses and visitors. Proposed improvements include:

  • Infrastructure improvements and congestion reduction including a revised street grid and new bridges and parking garages
  • New, relocated Clybourn Metra Station
  • Shuttle service to and from CTA ‘L’ stations at Armitage and North/Clybourn
  • New water taxi stops
  • Extended 606 bike trail
  • Divvy shared bike stations
  • Easy access to I-90/ I-94 (3.5 miles to the Loop, 15 miles to O'Hare, 13 miles to Midway)



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Sterling Bay is a leader in identifying and creating urban development opportunities. We believe in developing both properties and relationships—and in doing so—we transform spaces, businesses and communities. By operating in a fair and transparent manner for over thirty years, we have earned the trust of businesses, civic stakeholders and neighbors alike who have placed their confidence in Sterling Bay’s ability to deliver unprecedented projects. Our recent developments include headquarter space for companies such as Google, McDonald’s, Uber, Hillshire Brands and Gogo. Learn more at sterlingbay.com.

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SOM is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world.

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CBT is an architecture, interior and urban design firm that has served as Master Planner on national and international industrial transformations.

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James Corner Field Operations are landscape architects and urban designers committed to the innovative design of public spaces.

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KLOA, Inc. provides traffic engineering services that result in improved traffic operations, safer and more efficient access by all modes of travel, better circulation and enhanced forms of traffic control.

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Nelson\Nygaard develops transportation systems to promote community goals of mobility, sustainability, accessibility and wellness.

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Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. is an American planning, engineering and design consulting firm that has developed master plans and designed the infrastructure for some of the largest and most successful mixed-use developments in the country.

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Community Meeting 11.29.18

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Community Meeting 7.18.18

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A Letter from Andy Gloor

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Lincoln Yards: Misconception and Facts

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Lincoln Yards News Coverage

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