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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is located in Suite 800 of Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL  60606.  Phone:  312-454-0400.  Fax:  312-454-0411.  Click here for directions to Willis Tower.

Created in 2005, CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  CMAP developed and guides implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region's 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  The agency and its partners are now developing ON TO 2050, a new comprehensive regional plan slated for adoption in October 2018.

The CMAP Board is chaired by Gerald Bennett, mayor of Palos Hills.  Its membership (click for a list, biosketches, or map of current Board members) reflects the regional consensus that led to creation of CMAP, featuring balanced representation from across the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  CMAP operates under authorizing legislation known as Public Act 095-0677.  Also see the agency's current by-laws

Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo leads the CMAP staff, which has diverse capabilities in comprehensive planning, data research and analysis, and many related disciplines. View current and past CMAP work plans and annual reports

CMAP has committees at the policy, advisory, coordinating, and working levels that play integral roles in the agency's planning processes (click here for a graphic showing CMAP's committee structure).

The latest Policy Updates, Weekly Update e-newsletters, and news on legislative activity can be found under Updates

Board Members

(updated September 20, 2017)

Executive Committee
Gerald Bennett, chair
Rita Athas, vice chair
Elliott Hartstein, vice chair
Andrew Madigan, at-large member
Al Larson, at-large member
Carolyn Schofield, at-large member

City of Chicago Appointments
Rita Athas, senior advisor, World Business Chicago
Frank Beal, senior executive, Civic Consulting Alliance
Janel Forde, chief operating officer, City of Chicago
Andrew Madigan, senior managing director, Mesirow Financial
Martin Oberman, former 43rd ward alderman, City of Chicago

Cook County Appointments
Gerald Bennett, mayor, Palos Hills (Southwest Cook)
Al Larson, president, Schaumburg (Northwest Cook)
Richard Reinbold, president, Village of Richton Park (South Cook)
Matthew Walsh, former trustee, Indian Head Park (West Cook)
Peter Silvestri, commissioner, Cook County Board (Suburban Cook)

Collar County Appointments
Elliott Hartstein, former president, Buffalo Grove (Lake)
John Noak, mayor, Romeoville (Will)
Franco Coladipietro, president, Bloomingdale (DuPage)
Carolyn Schofield, former member, McHenry County Board (McHenry)
Matthew Brolley, president, Montgomery (Kane/Kendall)

Non-voting Members
Sean McCarthy, policy advisor for economic development, Governor of the State of Illinois (Governor's appointee)
Justine Sydello, deputy chief of staff, Illinois Department of Transportation-Office of the Secretary, (Governor's appointee)
Leanne Redden, executive director, Regional Transportation Authority (MPO Policy Committee)

Also see a list of former CMAP Board members.

Board Map


EPA Smart Growth Achievement Award for a Policy, Program, or Plan

In February 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan received its 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in the category of policies, programs, and plans. Congratulations to CMAP's many local government, business, and civic partners who have contributed to the plan's development and implementation.  GO TO 2040 and other awardees are featured in a U.S. EPA video and booklet

APA National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency

In January 2013, the American Planning Association announced that CMAP received the first-ever National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency. The award recognizes not just CMAP's but the region's planning efforts, but the many local government, business, and civic partners involved in implementing the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. One of those partners, the Metropolitan Planning Council, noted the APA honor in a very kind blog post. The American Planning Association produced a short video about CMAP for the award.

ULI Chicago Vision Award

In June 2013, the Urban Land Institute Chicago honored the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan and CMAP with one of its Vision Awards.  The award recognizes innovation in the development and growth of vibrant communities within the Chicago metropolitan region. Thanks to our many local government, business, and nonprofit partners who have helped in both the development and implementation of the plan.

MPC Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning

In July 2012, the Metropolitan Planning Council awarded CMAP its Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning for the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. MPC created a video about the plan for its annual luncheon. 

Transportation Planning Excellence Award

In July 2012, the Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration awarded CMAP and GO TO 2040 its national Transportation Planning Excellence Award.  

TRB Community Concepts with John and Jane Q. Public Award

In Janauary 2011, the Transportation Research Board awarded CMAP its "Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Q. Public: Sustainability and Livablity award for its GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future" phase of oureach from mid-2009.

Gold Quill Awards

In May 2013, CMAP, in partnership with the consultants Cultural Communications, LLC. and NuStats, was recognized for its 2012 Latino Travel Tracker Survey with two awards from the International Association of Business Communicators: a Gold Quill Award of Merit for community relations and a Gold Quill Award of Excellence for innovative research.  Findings from the survey will be available on our website later this summer. 

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