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October 5, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 10-5-18

Oct 5, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 10-5-18

ON TO 2050

ON TO 2050 launch event is less than a week away!
We anticipate a full house on Wednesday, October 10, for the ON TO 2050 launch event. Registration is closed for this standing room only event at Millennium Park in Chicago, where a slate of speakers -- featuring a keynote by Clarence E. Anthony, National League of Cities CEO and executive director -- will discuss key recommendations of the plan, implementation strategies already underway, and near-term opportunities to put ON TO 2050 in action.

PLEASE NOTE that the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee will convene earlier on Wednesday (8:00 a.m.) in the agency's offices to vote on adoption of the ON TO 2050 plan. While that joint meeting is of course public, we strongly recommend that, if registered, you instead go straight to Millennium Park, where the launch event will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.



CMAP Happenings

National Highway System
Recent changes to the National Highway System (NHS) -- developed collaboratively by CMAP and IDOT and approved by the MPO Policy Committee in June -- have received final approval from the Federal Highway Administration. More information about the revised NHS, including a poster-sized map, is here.


South Elgin ordinance approved
The South Elgin Village Board approved a new Unified Development ordinance on Monday night. The ordinance modernizes the village’s zoning and subdivision regulations to align with its adopted bicycle and pedestrian plan and comprehensive plan. The project was supported by CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.


Call for local planning projects
The 2018 Call for Projects from the CMAP LTA program and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning programs is open, with applications due by Friday, October 26. Applications, a program guide, and an FAQ are available on both the RTA and CMAP websites.


CMAP will host a series of workshops for elected municipal officials and staff to discuss the call for projects and local implementation of ON TO 2050. See the Events section below for dates and locations, and visit for more.
ON TO 2050 Chicago nonprofit workshop
The Chicago Community Trust, CMAP, and the RTA encourage our non-profit partners to attend a panel discussion and workshop to learn more about the joint Call for Projects. Join us on Friday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at The Chicago Community Trust (225 N. Michigan Ave. #2200, Chicago). To RSVP or for more details, contact Tony Manno (312-386-8606 or




Around the region

Economic Development Program grants
IDOT has announced the availability of assistance through the Economic Development Program (EDP) for roadway improvements or new construction that are necessary for access to new or expanding industrial, manufacturing, or distribution type companies. Visit the EDP website to apply.


GreenTown Will County
Seven Generations Ahead and a5 Inc. are hosting the annual GreenTown conference on October 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College (Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet). The conference brings public and private sector implementers together to share best practices in creating healthy, sustainable communities. Register here.


Reducing Water Loss Workshop
The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association is hosting a Water Loss – Best Practices and Los Control Workshop on October 31 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Lombard Village Hall (255 E. Wilson, Lombard). This workshop will review water loss practices, financial implications, and various auditing methods.


UIC The Future of City Design discussion
The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs will host The Future of City Design, a discussion and reception focusing on the future of cities and the future role of design in cities, communities, and urban environments. This discussion will be held on Friday, October 19, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the College of Urban Planning and Urban Affairs (412 S. Peoria St., Chicago). Professor Emily Talen from the University of Chicago and Professor Aseem Inam from Cardiff University will moderate.


Garfield Farm Museum Harvest Days
The Garfield Farm and Inn Museum will host Harvest Days on Sunday, October 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will highlight the ongoing restoration of the 1906 dairy barn and 1913 silo as visitors step back in time to experience farm life before the advent of modern technology. In addition to the barn and silo restoration, demonstrations of farm and household skills including crop harvesting and candle- and soap-making, as well as tours of the 1846 brick inn and prairie, will be ongoing. More information here.


Take the household travel survey
The My Daily Travel survey asks households in northeastern Illinois to report how they get from place to place in our region. The resulting data will help ensure that computer models of traffic flow are accurate so transportation investments can be based on sound analysis. The survey helps our region meet federal requirements and remain eligible for federal transportation funding. Sign up at or by calling 1-855-981-7286 to sign up by phone -- and we encourage Weekly Update readers to help us spread the word. Households that complete the survey will earn $50.



2018 Food Summit
Loyola University Chicago
2160 S. 1st Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
October 5-6, 2018
More information


North Park community event
Outdoor Café
3257 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
October 6, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information


ON TO 2050 launch event
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chase Promenade North
Chicago, IL 60602
October 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to noon
More information


Thorn Creek Watershed public meeting
Park Forest Village Hall
350 Victory Dr.
Park Forest, IL 60466
October 11, 2018
10:00 a.m.
More information


Des Plaines comprehensive plan open house
Des Plaines City Hall
1420 Miner St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
October 11, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
More information


LTA DuPage County workshop
Elmhurst City Hall
209 N. York St.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
October 15, 2018
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
More information


LTA Will County workshop
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
October 17, 2018
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
More information


CMAP Central Cook County workshop
La Grange Village Hall
53 S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange, IL 60525
October 17, 2018
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
More information


APA-IL & WTS Equity in Planning panel
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
412 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607
October 18, 2018
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
More information


LTA Kane & Kendall Counties workshop
Waubonsee Community College
18 S. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
October 19, 2018
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
More information


Calumet Heritage Conference
Lost Marsh Golf Course
1001 129th St.
Hammond, IN 46320
October 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More information


Lead in Drinking Water: It’s Time to Get the Lead Out
Metropolitan Planning Council offices
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
October 30, 2018
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
More information


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