Lake Street Better Than Ever

Major work has wrapped up, as we hit our target date
of Wednesday, November 25 to open a rebuilt Lake Street
from Harlem Avenue to Austin Boulevard.



We are pleased to announce that the Lake Street Improvement Project was presented an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Illinois section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. According to the ASCE, "The center piece is the intricate streetscape project in the downtown area. But, the added complexity of (1) a major utility project and a resurfacing project along the same corridor under construction at the same time and (2) COVID-19 make this a “career project” and one that the Village of Oak Park and everyone involved are very proud of."

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See how Lake Street businesses have weathered construction and COVID-19.

Reconstruct & Restore

The Lake Street Improvement Project includes new concrete and asphalt roadway surfaces and replacing and restoring water and sewer mains nearing the end of their useful service lives. Other features include:

  • Curb repair
  • Enhanced vehicle detection at traffic signals
  • New pavement markings and improvements to sidewalks and street crossings to better accommodate citizens with disabilities


New streetscape is planned for the high-traffic business districts along Lake Street between Harlem and Euclid avenues. Features will include:

  • High-quality street furniture
  • Enhanced street and pedestrian lighting
  • Informational wayfinding signs
  • Decorative sidewalk and crosswalk materials


Project goals were to improve traffic circulation and capacity, enhance pedestrian and bicycle linkage between retail districts, replace aging roadway and utilities, promote private investment and economic development, and strengthen Lake Street’s role as the community’s central tourism and retail corridor.

Download our project FAQ