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In 2018, Sterling Bay development company and Live Nation entertainment and ticketing mega-corporation announced a massive entertainment complex within the proposed Lincoln Yards development — along the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The project would include multiple live music venues to be owned and operated exclusively by Live Nation.

Owners of 14 independent venues formed CIVL, the Chicago Independent Venue League. We are not against competition — CIVL members have been competing with one another for decades.

Sterling Bay wants Chicago taxpayers to provide $800 million in TIF funding to pay for the infrastructure for their Lincoln Yards project. 

We are not opposed to responsible development that is done with community input. We are simply asking the city to slow down and do the proper vetting necessary for a project of this size. Delay the TIF until the next mayor and City Council take office.

Read details of CIVL’s position in Our Letter to the Citizens of Chicago.

Here are the latest news reports covering the Lincoln Yards project:

Block Club Chicago: Live Nation Venues, Soccer Stadium Scrapped From Lincoln Yards — But $800 Million TIF Plan Remains (Read our response)

(Aerial photo by Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune. Rendering from North Branch Park & Nature Preserve.)  An image of Lincoln Yards (foreground) made by open-space advocates depicts the sharp change in height and bulk the development would bring to west Lincoln Park.

(Aerial photo by Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune. Rendering from North Branch Park & Nature Preserve.)

An image of Lincoln Yards (foreground) made by open-space advocates depicts the sharp change in height and bulk the development would bring to west Lincoln Park.