ON TO 2050 Comprehensive Regional Plan

ON TO 2050 Comprehensive Regional Plan

CMAP is developing the region’s next comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, scheduled for adoption in October 2018. As with the prior GO TO 2040 plan, it is a highly transparent and collaborative effort involving partners and stakeholders from across the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois. 

ON TO 2050 landing page

A draft of ON TO 2050 is now available for public comment until August 14, 2018. All comments on the plan are welcome via this form, email to ONTO2050@cmap.illinois.gov, or mail or phone through August 14, 2018.

The plan is scheduled for adoption in October 2018.

This page includes information and links to learn more about ON TO 2050's development process through materials that are complete, underway, or scheduled. To weigh in or get involved, contact us at ONTO2050@cmap.illinois.gov.

ON TO 2050 Draft for Public Comment

A draft of ON TO 2050 is now available for public comment until August 14, 2018. The plan consists of five chapters, which are further organized into goals, recommendations, and strategies. The three principles of Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment inform all ON TO 2050 recommendations, cutting across the plan's goals for community, prosperity, environment, governance, and mobility.

Explore the plan, download a PDF, and view the technical appendices here

Comments on any part of the plan are welcome and can be submitted using this form, via email to ONTO2050@cmap.illinois.gov, or by mail or phone through August 14, 2018.

To help CMAP spread the word about the public comment period, please use our ON TO 2050 draft plan Partner Toolkit.

Materiales en español

Comentarios, en español, sobre el plan ON TO 2050 (HACIA EL AÑO 2050) son bienvenidos.

Consulte los siguientes materiales:

  • el folleto de descripción general del plan ON TO 2050 (disponible muy pronto)
  • reuniones públicas de ON TO 2050 
  • la invitación al evento de lanzamiento de ON TO 2050 (10 de octubre de 2018) (disponible muy pronto)

ON TO 2050 Open Houses

While the draft ON TO 2050 plan is available for public comment -- June 15 through August 14 -- please attend one of ten public open houses in a community near you or join CMAP for a public hearing in Chicago. At each of these meetings, attendees will be able to discuss the draft plan with CMAP staff. CMAP will also seek comments on the draft 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program and air quality conformity analysis of proposed transportation projects. Contact onto2050@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8802 with questions or to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. CMAP staff can also attend your meeting or event to speak about the plan. Contact onto2050@cmap.illinois.gov to request staff information.

ON TO 2050 Launch Event

Register today to celebrate metropolitan Chicago's future at the ON TO 2050 launch event on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at Millennium Park in Chicago. Learn more and RSVP here.

If your organization could help spread the word about the ON TO 2050 launch event, please refer to our Partner Toolkit for newsletter, email, and social media content.

ON TO 2050 Plan Preview

The ON TO 2050 Plan Preview was adopted in October 2017 following public comment and engagement the prior summer.  The report organizes strategic recommendations across three overarching principles: Resilience, Inclusive Growth, and Prioritized Investment. 


Snapshot Reports and Strategy Papers

ON TO 2050 snapshot reports are brief, data-driven summaries of regional trends and current conditions, while longer strategy papers develop the agency's direction on new topics or explore refinements to existing GO TO 2040 recommendations. These reports will continue to be released through early 2018.

Socioeconomic Forecast

The ON TO 2050 socioeconomic forecast helps CMAP to estimate the characteristics of the seven-county Chicago metropolitan region's population and employment in 2050. It forecasts estimated age distribution, race/ethnicity, household size, and similar factors for the region's residents, as well projecting employment trends by sector. 


Alternative Futures public engagement

Read a summary of the Alternative Futures engagement phase (April-August 2017), during which CMAP connected with more than 2,500 residents in 127 workshops and five topical forums, with another 61,000 providing input via interactive kiosks. Capping off these activities was a speech to the City Club of Chicago by CMAP executive director Joe Szabo. 

Photo of ON TO 2050 kiosk




Emerging Priorities

Following the initial research and engagement phase of the plan's development that began in February 2016, CMAP issued an Emerging Priorities for ON TO 2050 report that was adopted in October 2016.

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