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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-14-17

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Alternative Futures: Changed Climate. CMAP has begun its Alternative Futures public engagement campaignwith kiosks, videos, workshops, forums, web surveys, and conversations on Twitter and Facebook using #2050BigIdeas. Each month through August, we'll feature one potential future, starting with Changed Climate in April. Read a memo about how intensified climate change could affect the region, and comment in this short survey. CMAP will carefully consider all input while drafting ON TO 2050, the region's next comprehensive plan, which will be adopted in October 2018.

Next Alternative Futures forum. Remember to register for the next Alternative Futures forum, "Where We'll Live in 2050," on Thursday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m., co-sponsored and hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) (224 S. Michigan Ave., Lecture Hall, Chicago). To get the discounted rate of $10, please call the CAF Box Office (312-922-8687) and say you are a "CMAP member." Read a recap of the April 6 forum, "Thriving in a Changing Climate," which CMAP co-hosted with the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Wacker Manual as graphic novel. The Chicago Architecture Foundation intends to publish a 144-page graphic novel, No Small Plans, in July 2017. Inspired by the Wacker Manual that explained Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago to students, it will follow teens' adventures in past, present, and future neighborhoods as they wrestle with "designing the city they want, need, and deserve." A Kickstarter campaign is raising funds for CAF to offer free copies to 30,000 teens.

Inclusive economic growth. Crain's Chicago Business published an op-ed by CMAP executive director Joe Szabo on the importance of creating a thriving regional economy where all communities can prosper. Growing the region's economic pie through inclusive growth will be an overarching principle of ON TO 2050. The Crain's piece was sparked by the Metropolitan Planning Council's recent release of itsreport on "The Cost of Segregation."

Local Technical Assistance

Franklin Park open house. A draft of the Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan is now available for review. Residents are invited to attend a public open house from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 27, in the community room at the Franklin Park Police Station (9451 Belmont Ave., Franklin Park). CMAP and village staff will be on hand to discuss the content and themes of the draft plan, and attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback. Stakeholders and residents may also submit comments by emailing John Carlisle by Friday, May 5.

Sugar Run Creek. The Will County Board voted to approve the Sugar Run Creek Area NeighborhoodPlanon March 16.

Other News and Announcements

ON TO 2050 public engagement. Thank you to the Active Transportation Alliance, Studio Gang Architects, students from Westmont High School and Glenbard South High School, and representatives from Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Claretian Associates, Hana Center, The Resurrection Project, Space Fund NFP, and Turnstone Development Corporation, for sharing their perspectives on Alternative Futures for the region in recent workshops. To arrange an ON TO 2050 workshop with your community group, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802).

Freight growth.  Will County has seen 138 percent growth in freight over the last decade compared with peer regions, according to a study done as part of the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan. The growth was reported on by the Joliet Herald-News and Daily SouthtownCrain's Chicago Business reported on the growth of freight volume and intermodal movement across the region. CMAP's Tom Murtha is quoted in the story.

Soles and Spokes.  An Illinois Center for Transportation report discusses a site‐specific effectiveness evaluation of a modified, channelized right-turn lane design. A 2016 version of the report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros, identifies and ranks Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs) in the country's 30 largest metropolitan areas. A new project from People for Bikes, "The Big Jump," aims to help communities double the number of persons bicycling for transportation and recreation.

Tollways in the news. WBEZ's Curious City reported on the recent completion of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, which includes dynamic signs to direct traffic and adapt to future innovative transportation. The Daily Herald reported on another roadway rebuilding project on the Tri-State Tollway, which could include adding lanes along with smart road technology.

O'Hare expansion. The Daily Herald also reported on potential expansion at O'Hare Airport, including a building for fliers to check bags, go through security, and connect to the rest of the airport.

Transportation conversation. Young Professionals in Transportation -- Chicago will host a conversation on transportation infrastructure with Congressman Mike Quigley on Wednesday, April 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bar Louie (Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk St. Chicago, IL). Registration is required.

Transit-oriented development walking tour. Join the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Illinois on Thursday, April 20, for "An Evening of TOD: A City Hall Presentation, Walking Tour, and Happy Hour." The evening will begin with a presentation on Chicago'sTOD ordinance at City Hall(121 N. LaSalle Dr., Room 300), continue with a walking tour to view successful TOD projects in Wicker Park and Bucktown, and end with a happy hour and networking at Hopewell Brewing (2760 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Visit CNU Illinois' EventBrite page for a more detailed itinerary and registration details.

2017 Chicago Rehab Network Community Development and Empowerment Series. Registration is now open for this 16-day series, which willprovide a comprehensive overview of how to develop affordable housing in the Chicago region. Workshops are led by seasoned practitioners and run two days a month for eight months, beginning withCommunity BuildingApril 27-28, with Joy Aruguete of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation.


2017 Technical Assistance Symposium. Register today for the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium on Tuesday, May 16, at Roosevelt University (Murray-Green Library, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago), co-hosted by CMAP and the RTA. The symposium will mark the release of the 2017 Call for Projects for the LTA and Community Planning programs. In addition to leaning about potential technical assistance opportunities, attendees will have the chance to discuss best practices with past award recipients and get one-on-one input on the application process. Elected officials, municipal and county planners and staff, community-based organizations, nonprofits, civic organizations, and consulting firms that work with communities are encouraged to attend. The cost is $30.

Save the Date:North LawndalePlanning Conference. CMAP and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC)will host the second annual Planning Conference on Saturday, June 3,from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at DRW College Prep (931 S. Homan Ave., Chicago). The conference will continue work on theNorth Lawndale Neighborhood Plan and give residents a chance toidentify strategies andmap a path to improve thecommunity. All are welcome and lunch will be provided. ACommunity Partner Resource Fair will precede the workshop at 10:00 a.m. Visit

Mayors Breakfast. The Fox Valley Sustainability Network will host the first annual Mayors Breakfast on Thursday, April 27, at the Aurora Holiday Inn (111 N. Broadway, Aurora), from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. CMAP's executive director Joe Szabo will give a keynote address. Registration is required.

Census Workshop. CMAP will present its final U.S. Census workshop for the year, featuring poverty data, on Wednesday, May 17, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., at the CMAP offices (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago). A limited number of CMAP laptops will be available at the free workshop, and pre-registration is required. Contact Jon Hallas (312-386-8764 or

Arbor Day events. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is hosting various events leading up to Arbor Day on April 28.

FLIP application. Encourage high school students to apply by May 15 for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program, to be held in July. See a FLIP video and recap of the 2016 program.

RTA call for projects. Applications are due May 1 for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.

Green Economy Summit. "Sizing up our Region's Green Economy" will be held on May 1 at Chicago State University (9501 S. King Dr., Chicago).

Passive housing workshop. Registration is $60 for "On a Path to Zero Energy Construction: Passive House and Building Workshop" on April 27 at 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

Local highway funding program. June 2 is the application deadline for the FY 2019 Local Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).

Global Cities. The Chicago Forum on Global Cities will be held June 7-9 at locations throughout the city. 


Land Use and Municipal Budgets
April 19, 2017
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Mount Prospect Village Hall, Village Boardroom, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect
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Transportation Research Forum Annual Conference
April 20 and 21, 2017
University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East Building, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago
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Mayors Breakfast
April 27, 2017
7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Aurora Holiday Inn (111 N. Broadway, Aurora)
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Passive Housing Workshop
April 27, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
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Franklin Park Open House
April 27, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Franklin Park Police Station, 9451 Belmont Ave., Franklin Park
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Where We'll Live in 2050
May 4, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
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2017 Technical Assistance Symposium 
May 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Roosevelt University, Murray-Green Library, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
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Census Workshop: Poverty Data
May 17, 2017
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago
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