Found Space: Evanston’s Fountain Square Plaza

What was once a leftover roadway space is now part of Evanston’s new people place. 

Just a little over a year ago, Fountain Square’s south plaza was occupied by a couple lanes of traffic and a landscape median. Now with the opening of the south plaza, Downtown Evanston is enjoying a new community gathering space to host fests and events.

On February 10th, Downtown Evanston hosted its “We Love Evanston Party”, the first of many upcoming events in Fountain Square.

 Photos: Scott Zeller

Fountain Square plaza is comprised of a south plaza and north plaza. The south plaza was opened to the public in fall of 2017. Features of the south plaza include a shared street concept at Orrington and Sherman Avenues, decorative paving, festoon lighting, repurposed Evanston standard light poles, canopy trees, decorative bollards, planter pots and a holiday tree area.

The north plaza is currently under construction. Features of the north plaza include a decorative fountain, Veterans memorial wall, flag pole, custom benches, tree groves, bollards, planters and movable tables and chairs. The north plaza is anticipated to be complete in May 2018.

Located just steps away from the construction site, Teska is proud to be leading the community outreach and urban design for this important space in our hometown. Our consultant team includes Christopher Burke Engineering and Waterworx Fountain Design.