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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-21-17

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Alternative Futures: Changed Climate.  Each month through August, we are featuring one of five ON TO 2050 "Alternative Futures," starting with Changed Climate in April.  Thanks to the Chicago Access Network (CAN-TV) for this video of the first Futures forum, "Thriving in a Changing Climate," held last week at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  Dive deeper by reading a memo about how intensified climate change could affect the region, and comment in a short survey.  Our Alternative Futures public engagement campaign features kiosks, videos, workshops, forums, web surveys, and conversations on Twitter and Facebook using #2050BigIdeas.  CMAP will carefully consider all input while drafting ON TO 2050, the region's next comprehensive plan, for adoption in October 2018.
Next Alternative Futures forum.  There's still time to register for "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).  For the discounted rate of $10, please call the CAF Box Office (312-922-8687) and say you are a "CMAP member."  
Expressway Atlas.  CMAP's updated 2016 Expressway Atlas includes summaries of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by expressway, area-wide trends, and traffic flow graphics for the entire Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Expressway System equipped with counting devices. 
Congestion Scans.  We also updated congestion scans for the region's expressway system. The 2016 scans show average speed by milepost by time of day by direction of travel.  An index to the scans, presented by highway segment, is on our expressway performance page.
New Metra cars.  Metra plans to purchase at least 25 new rail cars and 10 locomotives, as reported in the Chicago Tribune.  An important part of modernizing the regional transit system, these would be Metra's first new rail cars since 2006, with the exception of cars purchased for the Metra Electric District line. 

Other News and Announcements 

ON TO 2050 public engagement.  Thanks to the Lake County Housing Action Coalition, Curie High School, Jefferson Park Forward, Antioch Community High School, the University of Illinois Chicago Office of Sustainability, the Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium, and the Party for the Planet at Brookfield Zoo for including ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures in their events this week.  To schedule a workshop or to include CMAP in your local event, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802). 
Soles and Spokes.  The National Association of City Transportation Officials released a Practitioners Paper on how to realize the full benefits of a bike share program.  An article in the Federal Highway Administration magazine, Public Roads, describes the "Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative" aimed at reversing the recent rise in serious bicycle and pedestrian crashes. 
GreenTown Fox Valley.  The Fox Valley Sustainability Network will host a one-day sustainability summit on Thursday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Two Brothers Roundhouse (205 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora).  CMAP's Lindsay Bayley will participate in a panel discussion on regional transportation.  The first annual Mayors Breakfast will precede the summit, from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., at the Aurora Holiday Inn (111 N. Broadway, Aurora).  CMAP's executive director Joe Szabo will give a keynote address, and registration is required.
Franklin Park open house.  The draft Franklin Park Comprehensive Plan is available for review.  Residents are invited to a public open house from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 27, at the Franklin Park Police Station (9451 Belmont Ave., Franklin Park).  Stakeholders and residents may also submit comments to CMAP's John Carlisle ( by Friday, May 5.
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation.  The National Park Service (NPS) released a call for projects on April 17 for their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.  Potential applicants must contact NPS at least a month prior to the June 30 application deadline to discuss their project. 
Tour of Chinatown.  The Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) is sponsoring a free walking tour of Chinatown in Chicago on Saturday, April 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The tour is part of a new collaboration between CBCAC and Loyola's School of Communication, to comprehensively map key assets and community organizations in the historic neighborhood.  Call 312-791-0418 ext. 3328 or email
MPC Roundtable: Getting Smarter on Transportation.  Join the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) on May 8 for a noontime roundtable on prioritizing investments with Randy Blankenhorn of IDOT, Beth Osborne of Transportation for America, and Audrey Wennink of MPC. 
Cook County Health and Hospitals System planning grant.  The Cook County Health and Hospitals System has released a grant opportunity to support incorporating local food systems into a comprehensive or sustainability plan (RFP number H17-0015).  Most suburban Cook County communities are eligible to apply. 
Export planning grants.  Through May 26, companies in the seven-county region that have fewer than 500 employees and export goods can apply to Metro Chicago Exports for grants up to $5,000 to implement an export plan. 
Small business seminar.  Inner City Capital Connections, a national program that educates inner-city small businesses about forms of capital and matches them with capital providers, is accepting applications through May 22 from Chicago businesses that want to participate in an education seminar beginning June 27. 


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. The cost is $30.
Save the Date: North Lawndale Planning 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).  A Community Partner Resource Fair will precede the workshop at 10:00 a.m.  Visit
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).  Contact Jon Hallas (312-386-8764 or
Arbor Day events.  The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) will host 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), 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). 
2017 Chicago Rehab Network Community Development and Empowerment Series. Registration is now open for this 16-day series, beginning April 27-28, which will provide a comprehensive overview of how to develop affordable housing in the Chicago region.  
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. 


Mayors Breakfast 
April 27, 2017
7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Aurora Holiday Inn, 111 N. Broadway, Aurora
GreenTown Fox Valley
April 27, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora
Passive Housing Workshop
April 27, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
Franklin Park Open House 
April 27, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Franklin Park Police Station, 9451 Belmont Ave., Franklin Park
Tour of Chinatown in Chicago
April 29, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sizing Up Our Region's Green Economy 
May 1, 2017 
9:00 a.m. to noon
Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Dr., Chicago
Where We'll Live in 2050
May 4, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
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 
Census Workshop: Poverty Data
May 17, 2017
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago