The Uptown Normal Circle has won the EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in the category "Civic Places." The Circle is recognized for not just its innovative environmentally-friendly design and traffic-friendly transformation of an intersection, but also for its function as a gathering place for people. As the article points out, there wasn't a city center until the Circle was created. Lately, it's even been used for protesting! You know it's a real gathering spot when that happens!
Driving around it, enjoying the green space, or gathering for civic/social events -- embrace the Circle!