Alternative Futures Forum Series
Now in development, ON TO 2050 will be the next comprehensive plan for metropolitan Chicago. As CMAP leads development of ON TO 2050, we are anticipating five Alternative Futures for the region. For each of these macro-level trends, CMAP is researching, analyzing, and asking the public to consider:
What if climate change impacts have intensified by 2050?
What if more people choose walkable, mixed-use communities by 2050?
What if technological innovations enhance transportation by 2050?
What if the economy has been transformed by 2050?
What if public resources are further constrained by 2050?
From April through August 2017, CMAP and our partners will host the monthly ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures Forums, to invite people to imagine challenges and opportunities our region will face by 2050.
Follow #2050BigIdeas on Twitter @onto2050 to add your big ideas for the region's future.
Thriving in a Changing Climate
Where We'll Live in 2050
Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility
The Future of Economic Opportunity
The opportunity to move up the economic ladder has been a cornerstone of the American Dream, yet research shows that fewer than 50 percent of Millennials will make more money than their parents do. Unequal access to education, employment, and critical resources is preventing some individuals from realizing their full potential—and, ultimately, limiting the region's growth and competitiveness. How can metropolitan Chicago adapt to ensure that the American Dream is obtainable here, and that our economy is thriving between now and 2050?
Doing More with Less in 2050
In 2050, resources to fund infrastructure and vital public services at all levels of government – federal, state, and local – are likely to be diminished. Governments need to develop new revenue sources and adopt creative solutions to continue providing the services their residents expect. How will the region and its municipalities respond in order to balance what they have with what they need by 2050? And what can be done to give the region the best chance at success?
Closer to Home: Creating a Balanced Regional Housing Supply by 2050
February 28, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. -- check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., program at 9:00 a.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400, Chicago
When residents can choose from a variety of housing types and prices, it increases their access to jobs, shortens commute times, and reduces the number of people struggling with the cost of living. Yet, for local officials, defining and creating a balanced housing supply poses many substantial obstacles. What are the strategies that have proven most successful? How will long-term socioeconomic and demographic trends affect the types of housing people want? Join us for a discussion about how to create housing options that will meet the needs of residents in the Chicago region by 2050.
Mary Ellen Podmolik, Associate Managing Editor/Business, Chicago Tribune
Nancy Firfer, Senior Advisor, Metropolitan Planning Council
Zach Lowe, Founder and Principal, Residential Planning Partners
Mary Ellen Tamasy, President, Lake County Residential Development Corporation
Reimagine Our Region for 2050
June 20, 2016
Co-hosted by CMAP and The Chicago Community Trust, at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago)
How will our region look in 2050? Plan to join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and The Chicago Community Trust to Reimagine Our Region for 2050 and kick off the ON TO 2050 Big Ideas Forums with four of the region's thought leaders sharing their creative visions for the future.
Terry Mazany, The Chicago Community Trust
Gia Biagi, Studio Gang
Charlie Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory and the Urban Center for Computation and Data
Theaster Gates Jr., Rebuild Foundation and the University of Chicago
Have we reached peak driving? Planning for future travel in the Chicago region
September 22, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Northwestern University McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL
After a half-century of increases in car ownership, solo auto commuting, and roadway congestion across the Chicago region, the last decade has seen auto use stall or decline according to most measures. Have we truly passed "peak driving," or did recent economic conditions merely hit the pause button? CMAP and the Northwestern University Transportation Center invite you to a panel in which transportation experts will discuss this question and its implications for planning, policy, and infrastructure decisions through 2050.
Sarah Jindra, Transportation Reporter, WGN-TV
Hani Mahmassani, Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center
Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President for Policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology
John Oliveri, 21st Century Transportation Campaign Director, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)
Designing the Future: Gen X and Millennials in 2050
October 27, 2016
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago
By 2050, metropolitan Chicago's senior population is expected to double. How will this demographic shift reshape our communities and the lifestyles of seniors and non-seniors alike? How will aging in place be different for the seniors of tomorrow -- Gen X and Millennials -- than for seniors today? CMAP and the Lifetime Communities Collaborative invite you to a panel discussion featuring experts in technology, design, and development who will discuss how their fields are preparing for the "age wave," and how seniors of every race, ethnicity, or income can live well in the coming decades.
Development at the Edge: The Future of Regional Urbanization
Carolyn Schofield, McHenry County Board and CMAP Board Member
Collete English Dixon, Managing Principal, Libra Investments Group, LLC
- FUTURE FORUMS
- Thriving in a Changing Climate
- Where We'll Live in 2050
- Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility
- The Future of Economic Opportunity
- Doing More with Less in 2050
- PAST FORUMS
- Closer to Home: Creating a Balanced Regional Housing Supply by 2050
- Reimagine Our Region for 2050
- Have we reached peak driving? Planning for future travel in the Chicago region
- Designing the Future: Gen X and Millennials in 2050
- Development at the Edge: The Future of Regional Urbanization