HPA’s research into a neighborhood’s history and how a community develops is an integral part of our approach to urban planning and contextual design. Our design studio was formerly located in Fulton Market, which has a clear identity as Chicago’s historic wholesale market for produce and livestock, and is now a popular restaurant and nightlife hub. In this laboratory, HPA’s practice of Placemaking was forged and shaped our practice.
North Union, and the location of our new headquarters, are nestled in the neighborhood known as the Near North Side. This is a neighborhood often described through its adjacencies to other locations: south of Old Town, north of River North, west of the Gold Coast, and east of the Chicago River and the former Cabrini-Green Homes.