IIPD Master Plan

Illinois International Port District Master Plan

The Illinois International Port District (IIPD), in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), is conducting a study in order to develop a Port Master Plan (the Plan). The purpose of the Plan is to provide the IIPD with a clear vision of how the Port should develop through 2050 with input from the communities and stakeholders. The Plan vision will encompass IIPD’s property: Iroquois Landing and Lake Calumet. The Plan will identify strategies to better utilize existing facilities and position the Port to realize its full economic potential, while also providing workforce, community, recreational and environmental benefits. These strategies will consider the Port’s position within local, regional, state, national and international contexts and how it can support stakeholders’ planning goals. Ultimately, the Plan will also help the Port secure local, state, federal and other funding for much needed repairs and improvements.

The Plan will be divided into two phases. The first phase will include examining existing conditions, performing market assessments and visioning. In the second phase, several scenarios for improvements and potential developments will be identified, while also identifying key recreational, community and environmental initiatives. The outcome of this Master Plan will be a series of near and long-term implementable actions that will be undertaken by the Port and its partners. The study is supported by funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation and CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program.

Study Area

Public Engagement

Stakeholder and public involvement will be an important aspect of the plan’s development. A Steering Committee, consisting of public and private sector representatives, will be convened to assist in the Master Plan development. Outreach with stakeholders and the community-at-large will contribute to the success of the plan and serve as a catalyst to move the IIPD forward.


Throughout the planning process, the plan team is available to attend community and civic events to provide updates on the plan. If your organization or group is interested in hosting an update, please sign up here

Project Description Flyer

Public Engagement Events

State of the Port - September 17, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Harborside International Golf Center - 11001 S Doty Ave East

Steering Committee Meetings

Meeting #1 - February 3, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Harborside International Golf Center - 11001 S Doty Ave East

Presentation and polling results



Project Timeline


Elizabeth Scott, CMAP Project Manager (escott@cmap.illinois.gov or 312.386.8686)

For more on the project and upcoming events, follow CMAP's Twitter feed at @ONTO2050 and hashtag #CMAPLTA for the latest updates.