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Open thread: Which are Chicago’s best outdoor plazas?

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Does Chicago have enough open spaces in its dense downtown area?

Outdoor plazas may have been one of the best things to happen to the metropolis. They’re little stretches of wide open spaces among a sea of skyscrapers where people can convene for events or just to take a break and get some sunlight. Chicago has a few notable outdoor plazas at the base of government buildings such as Daley Plaza, Federal Plaza, and the Thompson Center Plaza. However, some would argue that Chicago doesn’t have enough of the outdoor squares that are more commonly found in older east coast cities like DC, Savannah, Charleston, and Boston.

Blogger and urban planner Daniel Kay Hertz recently prompted a discussion on Twitter asking about the city’s best plazas. Do we have enough of them? Which ones are your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.