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Created in 2005, CMAP is the award-winning regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. CMAP operates under authorizing legislation known as Public Act 095-0677 and by-laws

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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners developed and are now implementing ON TO 2050, a new long-range plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.

CMAP is located in Suite 800 of Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606.  Click here for directions to Willis Tower.

To stay abreast of CMAP activities, please subscribe to the Weekly Update email, also available along with other Updates on the web. 


Board and Staff

Since its inception in October 2005, the CMAP Board's membership has featured balanced representation from across the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. The Board is chaired by Gerald Bennett, mayor of Palos Hills. 

Executive Director Erin Aleman leads the CMAP staff, who have diverse capabilities in comprehensive planning, data research and analysis, and many related disciplines.  See the staff directory, phone us at 312-454-0400,  or use the web contact form.

Budget and Annual Report

See CMAP's current budget and annual report pages, each with archives dating to FY 2007. Each budget document also includes the agency's work plan, with details of how staff and other resources are allocated.

Requests for Proposals

See the CMAP Requests for Proposals page, which has current RFPs, Requests for Qualifications, Requests for Informational Presentations, and a link for you to subscribe and receive email alerts about them.

Job Listings

Join the team at metropolitan Chicago's official agency for land-use and transportation planning! Visit the Careers page to apply for openings and learn about the benefits of working at CMAP.

Get Involved and More

CMAP has many ways for people and groups to participate in regional planning.  Residents can visit our main involvement page, and refer high school students to apply for the Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.  One good way to get involved is through CMAP committees at the policy, advisory, coordinating, and working levels that play integral roles in the agency's planning processes.  

To make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, visit this page.  Also see a public notice about Title VI compliance.

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October 15, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update 10-11-19

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October 4, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update 10-4-19

The CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee will hold their annual joint meeting on Thursday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m.

September 30, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-27-19

CMAP has published an in-depth policy review of Rebuild Illinois and other legislation as a three-part series. 

September 20, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-20-19

The first Small Plans, Big Ideas forum, “Harnessing technology for a safer future,” was held at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora on Tuesday.

September 20, 2019

Rebuild Illinois implements key ON TO 2050 transportation recommendations, but more reforms are needed

Rebuild Illinois implements key ON TO 2050 transportation recommendations, but more r...

September 19, 2019

Significant non-capital legislation approved in spring 2019

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September 18, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-16-19

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, September 11. The agenda included a presentation of staff analysis of Rebuild Illinois, the capital bill passed by...

September 18, 2019

Beyond transportation: Other capital bill measures could support ON TO 2050 community, environment recommendations

Beyond transportation: Other capital bill measures could support ON TO 2050 community...

September 6, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-6-19

The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, at the agency's office (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago).

September 6, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-30-19

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August 26, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-23-19

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August 20, 2019

Dive into new CMAP Sidewalk Inventory data

The Chicago region’s new comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050 , includes a recommendation to support the d...

August 16, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-16-19

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August 9, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-9-19

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August 7, 2019

Explore projects appropriated in the 2019 Illinois state capital package

In June 2019, the State of Illinois enacted a package of legislation to fund transportation, water infrastructure, natural resources, open space, s...

August 2, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-2-19

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August 1, 2019

Tomorrow’s leaders explore urban challenges and solutions during CMAP’s eleventh FLIP program

In July 2019, 43 students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties participated in CMAP’s Future Leaders in Planning (FLI...

August 1, 2019

Chicago region attracting—but not retaining—working age adults

A well-educated and talented resident pool provides the workforce needed to keep the economy thriving. As highlighted in a prior analysis, when the...

July 26, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 7-26-19

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July 22, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 7-19-19

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