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August 24, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-24-18

Aug 24, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-24-18

Household travel survey opens today
Starting today, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is conducting the My Daily Travel survey, asking households in northeastern Illinois to tell us how they get from place to place in our region. Your household can participate in the survey by signing up at -- and we encourage Weekly Update readers to help us spread the word! By providing accurate information about your daily travel, you will help ensure that funding to maintain roads, bridges, and transit is spent where it is needed most. Households that complete the survey will earn $50. Learn more and sign up today!

CMAP happenings

Join us October 10 for the ON TO 2050 launch
Register today to join CMAP at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, in Chicago's beautiful Millennium Park to celebrate the launch of ON TO 2050. Following keynote speaker Clarence Anthony, executive director of the National League of Cities, a panel of local leaders will inspire attendees to continue working together on strategies to achieve the three principles set forth in ON TO 2050: Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment.
Panelists for the event include Dan Cronin, chairman, DuPage County Board; Laurence Msall, president, Civic Federation; Toni Preckwinkle, president, Cook County Board of Commissioners; Raul I. Raymundo, CEO, The Resurrection Project; Leanne Redden, executive director, Regional Transportation Authority; and Melissa Y. Washington, vice president of external affairs, ComEd.
Bensenville open house
The Village of Bensenville will host a public open house for its draft zoning ordinance at Village Hall (12 S. Center St., Bensenville) on Monday, August 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The updated ordinance is a major step in implementing the development goals of the village’s comprehensive plan and was supported by CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
Fox River Corridor Plan open house
McHenry County Planning and Development, in partnership with CMAP's LTA program, will hold a public open house where members of the Fox River community can review the draft Fox River Corridor Plan and provide feedback on Wednesday, August 29, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Fox River Grove Village Hall (305 Illinois St., Fox River Grove). Contact Kate Evasic ( or 312-386-8782).
Wilmington Downtown Plan
On Tuesday, August 21, the Wilmington City Council unanimously adopted its new Downtown Plan. The project was supported by CMAP’s LTA program.
Careers at CMAP
CMAP has posted the following job opportunity: Senior Planner-Freight. If interested, you may apply here. Please share the opportunity with your network.

Planning in the news

Chicago Tribune editorial
An August 17 Trib editorial highlighted the draft ON TO 2050 plan, with regard to how local and regional planning can help harness rapidly changing vehicle technology. Toward that end, the draft plan includes numerous strategies to support a modern, multimodal transportation system, provide better travel options to serve people and businesses, and encourage compact, walkable communities.

Wages and income metro Chicago
The Chicago Tribune wrote about weekly wage growth in the first quarter of 2018, including CMAP analysis showing a 4.9 percent decline between 1989-2016 in median real household income.

North Lawndale development
The Real Deal described the development potential in and around Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. Earlier this year, the North Lawndale Community Council and CMAP's LTA program released a draft of North Lawndale's first comprehensive plan in decades.

Transit funding
Streetsblog Chicago published an article on the region's transit funding needs, focused on the RTA's 2018-23 Regional Transit Strategic Plan. It noted that part of that plan is continued work with CMAP and other agencies to encourage transit-oriented development.

Around the region

Public opening of new Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is moving to a new location and establishing the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) at 111 E. Wacker Dr. in Chicago. The new center will feature tours, programs, and interactive exhibits and will open to the public on Friday, August 31.

APA-CMS Creative community engagement session
The American Planning Association-Chicago Metro Section will host a Creative Community Engagement session to explore innovative methods for informing and interacting with the public. The session will take place Monday, September 10, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago). The session will feature a panel of planners from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors discussing their experiences and ideas about community engagement. Register today.

Vision Zero West Side event series
The Chicago Department of Transportation is partnering with community groups on the city's West Side to host an event series envisioning safer streets with activities for all ages. The first event, Austin’s Light in the Night, will be held on Friday, August 24, in Hubbard Playlot Park (4942 W. Hubbard St., Chicago) from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. Garfield Park’s Light in the Night event will take place on Saturday, September 1, at Kedzie and Lake. North Lawndale will hold the Lawndale 5K on Saturday, September 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3750 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago.

CREW Chicago economic forum
CREW Chicago will hold its fall economic forum, “The State of Our State,” on Wednesday, September 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the East Bank Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago). The forum will explore areas of strength and opportunity in Illinois and the Chicago region, and will feature CMAP’s Elizabeth Schuh.

RTA Access to Transit program
Applications for the RTA Access to Transit program are due on Friday, August 31. It provides funding for bike and pedestrian improvement projects that promote transit ridership. For more information, please visit the RTA website.


Tri-County Access Project
Public Open House
Concorde Banquets
20922 N. Rand Rd.
Kildeer, IL 60047
September 6, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
More information
TMA Lake-Cook meeting
Baxter Healthcare Auditorium
One Baxter Parkway
Deerfield, IL 60015
September 28, 2018
8:00 to 11:30 a.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
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