ON TO 2050 Comprehensive Regional Plan

ON TO 2050 Comprehensive Regional Plan

CMAP is developing the region’s next comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, scheduled for adoption in October 2018. As with the prior GO TO 2040 plan, it is a highly transparent and collaborative effort involving partners and stakeholders from across the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois. 

ON TO 2050 landing page

This page includes information and links to learn more about ON TO 2050's development process through materials that are complete, underway, or scheduled. To weigh in or get involved, contact us at ONTO2050@cmap.illinois.gov.

ON TO 2050 Draft Plan

The public comment period for the draft ON TO 2050 comprehensive regional plan is now closed. CMAP received over 900 comments on the draft plan during the public comment period. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments, contributed feedback, and shared the draft plan during the public comment period.

Explore the plan, download a PDF, and view the technical appendices here


To see the final ON TO 2050 plan, please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov in October when the ON TO 2050 plan will be adopted and published, and join us for the launch of ON TO 2050 on October 10, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at Millennium Park in Chicago. Learn more and RSVP here.

Materiales en español

Comentarios, en español, sobre el plan ON TO 2050 (HACIA EL AÑO 2050) son bienvenidos.

Consulte los siguientes materiales:

ON TO 2050 Open Houses and Public Hearing

While the draft ON TO 2050 plan was available for public comment, CMAP held ten public open houses in the six collar counties and four in Cook County for public review and discussion of the draft plan with CMAP staff. The open houses also offered public review of the draft 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program and air quality conformity analysis of proposed transportation projects. Over 200 residents attended the regional open houses, which preceded a public hearing for the draft ON TO 2050 plan in CMAP’s offices at the end of July.

ON TO 2050 Launch Event

Register today to celebrate metropolitan Chicago's future at the ON TO 2050 launch event on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at Millennium Park in Chicago. Learn more and RSVP here.

If your organization could help spread the word about the ON TO 2050 launch event, please refer to our Partner Toolkit for newsletter, email, and social media content.

ON TO 2050 Plan Preview

The ON TO 2050 Plan Preview was adopted in October 2017 following public comment and engagement the prior summer.  The report organizes strategic recommendations across three overarching principles: Resilience, Inclusive Growth, and Prioritized Investment. 


Snapshot Reports and Strategy Papers

ON TO 2050 snapshot reports are brief, data-driven summaries of regional trends and current conditions, while longer strategy papers develop the agency's direction on new topics or explore refinements to existing GO TO 2040 recommendations. These reports will continue to be released through early 2018.

Socioeconomic Forecast

The ON TO 2050 socioeconomic forecast helps CMAP to estimate the characteristics of the seven-county Chicago metropolitan region's population and employment in 2050. It forecasts estimated age distribution, race/ethnicity, household size, and similar factors for the region's residents, as well projecting employment trends by sector. 


Alternative Futures public engagement

Read a summary of the Alternative Futures engagement phase (April-August 2017), during which CMAP connected with more than 2,500 residents in 127 workshops and five topical forums, with another 61,000 providing input via interactive kiosks. Capping off these activities was a speech to the City Club of Chicago by CMAP executive director Joe Szabo. 

Photo of ON TO 2050 kiosk




Emerging Priorities

Following the initial research and engagement phase of the plan's development that began in February 2016, CMAP issued an Emerging Priorities for ON TO 2050 report that was adopted in October 2016.

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