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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 The Old Post Office, 433 West Van Buren Street, Suite 450, Chicago, IL 60607.

Subscribe for updates from CMAP on transportation, economy, climate, and more.

CMAP’s core values

In 2019 CMAP embarked on a collaborative process involving all staff to identify and adopt core values to guide the agency’s work and decision-making. Those values and definitions are:

Serve with passion

We are passionate about serving the people of metropolitan Chicago. We build public trust by being good stewards of public resources and proactively sharing information.

Pursue equity

We are guided by the principle that everyone has a right to opportunity and a high quality of life. We work to realize equity for all.

Foster collaboration

We believe inclusion and collaboration strengthens our work. We seek out the voices of those who often go unheard or face barriers to public participation.

Lead with excellence

We lead on issues that advance the region. We believe in the power of data and the story it tells. We identify and share solutions and inspire others to adapt them for their communities.

Drive innovation

We are driven by the desire to find more efficient methods to achieve the most impact. We do this by seeking new solutions to old problems, taking calculated risks, and daring to try them.

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.

Work plan, budget, and annual report

See CMAP's current comprehensive workplan and budget and annual report pages, each with archives dating to FY 2007.

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

From comprehensive community data to thought-provoking programs, CMAP offers ample opportunities to get involved and help make northeastern Illinois a stronger, more resilient place to live. Read how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and view our Title VI compliance public notice.

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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 The Old Post Office, 433 West Van Buren Street, Suite 450, Chicago, IL 60607.

Subscribe for updates from CMAP on transportation, economy, climate, and more.

CMAP’s core values

In 2019 CMAP embarked on a collaborative process involving all staff to identify and adopt core values to guide the agency’s work and decision-making. Those values and definitions are:

Serve with passion

We are passionate about serving the people of metropolitan Chicago. We build public trust by being good stewards of public resources and proactively sharing information.

Pursue equity

We are guided by the principle that everyone has a right to opportunity and a high quality of life. We work to realize equity for all.

Foster collaboration

We believe inclusion and collaboration strengthens our work. We seek out the voices of those who often go unheard or face barriers to public participation.

Lead with excellence

We lead on issues that advance the region. We believe in the power of data and the story it tells. We identify and share solutions and inspire others to adapt them for their communities.

Drive innovation

We are driven by the desire to find more efficient methods to achieve the most impact. We do this by seeking new solutions to old problems, taking calculated risks, and daring to try them.

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.

Work plan, budget, and annual report

See CMAP's current comprehensive workplan and budget and annual report pages, each with archives dating to FY 2007.

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

From comprehensive community data to thought-provoking programs, CMAP offers ample opportunities to get involved and help make northeastern Illinois a stronger, more resilient place to live. Read how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and view our Title VI compliance public notice.

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