About the Plan

After more than a year of work, including data collection, and analysis, and engaging with partners, and stakeholders, and residents, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is excited to share the ON TO 2050 plan update. The CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee approved the update on October 12, 2022.
ON TO 2050 circle.

With its many partners and stakeholders, CMAP began to develop the ON TO 2050 comprehensive plan in 2015. The three-year process was highly transparent, featuring extensive research, analysis, and public engagement.

The resulting plan was adopted on October 10, 2018, and builds on the agency’s first comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040, which was released in 2010 and updated in 2014. Adoption of the plan guides transportation investments and frames regional priorities on development, the environment, the economy, and other issues affecting quality of life.

Lee el plan regional integral en español.

The plan is organized as follows:


Principles describes why Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment inform all ON TO 2050 goals.

Our Region Today includes analysis that amplifies the importance of implementing ON TO 2050.

Chapters has links to the Community, Prosperity, Environment, Governance, and Mobility sections of the plan, including goals, recommendations, and profiles of residents from across the region.

Resources is a collection of indicators that track progress on the plan’s goals, supporting analysis, and other material relevant to the plan and will be updated periodically to reflect new data and trends.

Implementing the Plan is where stakeholders should go to find the latest details about how ON TO 2050 is being put into action across the region.


An Executive Summary of the plan is available as PDF or can be mailed by request.

CMAP is interested in all feedback about the plan and other activities. In 2005, the State of Illinois mandated the agency’s creation as a unit of local government whose purpose is planning comprehensively “to effectively address the development and transportation challenges in the northeastern Illinois region.”

Because CMAP is also the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for metropolitan Chicago, ON TO 2050 includes the long-range transportation plan, which consists of the Mobility chapter and includes prioritized projects, some of which are categorized as Regionally Significant Projects that meet the U.S. Department of Transportation standard referred to as “fiscal constraint.” This means that the ON TO 2050 financial plan demonstrates that sufficient “reasonably expected revenues” will be available over the next three decades to pay for the proposed infrastructure investments that are fiscally constrained.

The plan is data-driven and includes the region’s official socioeconomic forecast for population, employment, and other factors. Federally required, forecasting helps CMAP evaluate regionally significant projects, complete air-quality conformity modeling, understand future needs of communities in the region, and provide needed technical assistance.