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Designing Cities 2017: Chicago

Schedule of Events

Monday, Oct 30

Monday, Oct 30 - 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm (1 Event)

Tuesday, Oct 31

Tuesday, Oct 31 - 8:00 am - 8:45 am (1 Event)

Tuesday, Oct 31 - 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm (1 Event)

Tuesday, Oct 31 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (29 Events)

Modernizing Transit Service in the Loop

Walkshops
Tour Chicago’s newest transit investments in the heart of downtown – the Loop Link bus improvements and the Washington-Wabash CTA Elevated Transit Station.

Grant Park - Chicago's Front Yard

Walkshops
Tour iconic Grant Park to learn about the transportation history of the park, and witness the transportation transformations that the area has gone through.

WalkShops

Walkshops
From bikes lanes to bus bulbs, City of Chicago staff and local partners will host 30+ on-the-ground tours of projects.

Chicago's Year of Public Art

Walkshops
See why 2017 is the Year of Public Art in Chicago and hear why public art is so important to creating vibrant, active spaces.

Chicago's Pedway

Walkshops
Explore Chicago's changing attitude to pedway development over recent decades through a walk along old and new segments of the City's pedway.

A Transit Legacy: Exploring the Historic Loop Elevated

Walkshops
Take a walking tour through a historical continuum of evolving CTA stations to celebrate the 125th anniversary of rail transit in Chicago.

Creating Kid-Friendly Streetscapes

Walkshops
Walk along South Chicago's "main street" and see what our streetscapes can look like when we design with kids in mind.

Data Matters: Harnessing the IoT for Smart Mobility

Walkshops
Walk along four major streets in downtown Chicago to see how the City is collecting data and directing mobility through automated systems.

From Industry to Innovation: The Rebirth of Goose Island and the North Branch Industrial Corridor

Walkshops
On this tour, learn how City officials are working to change zoning designations to encourage growth and support jobs in Chicago's quickly transitioning Goose Island and the North Branch Industrial Corridor.

Streets for People

Walkshops
From a busy corridor of Asian shops and restaurants to a bustling college campus street, see two examples of people-oriented street transformation projects on Chicago's north side.

The Chicago River: Redevelopment and Restoration

Walkshops
Wander along the Chicago River and hear how developers use riverfront sites to attract residents and employees, add open space to the waterfront, and expand the riverwalk.

The Chicago Riverwalk: Building Public Space in an Urban Waterway

Walkshops
Explore the new "Rooms" along Chicago's Riverwalk and learn how they provide continuity between the river and the city.

Bronzeville Flourishing - Rooted and Linked

Walkshops
Join CDOT and local community leaders to learn about innovative City projects that respond to local needs and support equitable access to public space in low-to-moderate income communities.

Northside Lakefront Improvements - Trail Separation Projects and North Lake Shore Drive Reconstruction

Walkshops
Enjoy a ride along the country's busiest off-street trail to see how CDOT and the Chicago Park District are investing in trail improvement projects to provide greater separation between the many different users of the trail.

Implementing Chicago Union Station’s Master Plan

Walkshops
This tour will include an overview of Chicago Union Station's Master Plan, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the station's current operations and improvements.

City / State DOT Coordination: Chicago's Clybourn Ave Protected Bike Lane Project

Walkshops
Take a ride with Chicago DOT and Illinois DOT to hear how the two departments worked together to implement the first protected bike lane in Illinois on a State Jurisdiction roadway.

Protected Bike Lane Intersection Treatments

Walkshops
Walk through the Loop to see a wide variety of intersection treatments that look to eliminate and mitigate conflicts from vehicle / bike / pedestrian interactions.

Protected Bike Lanes vs. On-Street Parking

Walkshops
On this tour, come see several protected bike lane projects that were installed by removing parking, and hear about parking removal strategies, challenges and successes.

Low-Stress Bicycling in the Loop

Walkshops
Join CDOT and local advocates for a walking tour of the growing core of bike facilities in Chicago's downtown Loop.

Biking Through Barriers – A Tour of Bridges, Tunnels, and Bicycle Connections on Chicago’s Near South Side

Walkshops
Ride through Chicago's near south side to see and experience recent investments that improve bicycle connectivity.

The 606: Turning One Transportation Solution into Another

Walkshops
Wander through The 606 and learn about the successes and challenges of designing, funding and building the beloved trail.

Chinatown's Vision

Walkshops
Take the Water Taxi down to Ping Tom Park to explore public and private mobility projects in Chicago's still-growing Chinatown.

Beyond the Square: How Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Have Helped Shape Lincoln Square

Walkshops
See how CDOT has prioritized infrastructure upgrades that help foster community development while retaining the historic charm of the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Unifying Uptown Through Infrastructure and Design

Walkshops
Join CDOT and CTA to see how they've worked to promote multi-modal connectivity along diverse corridors in Uptown Chicago.

Andersonville / Edgewater Tour

Walkshops
Explore two vibrant neighborhoods on Chicago's northside, and hear how community engagement is making the area better for walkers, bikers, and visitors.

From Forklifts to Fine Dining and Industry to Entertainment - Tour Historic Randolph / Fulton Market

Walkshops
See how transit investment has spurred incredible economic growth in one of Chicago's fastest growing neighborhoods.

Chicago's Loop - It's All About the Experience

Walkshops
Join The Chicago Loop Alliance to see the results of their placemaking initiatives in the Chicago Loop and to learn about placemaking strategies for your city.

Wicker Park Bucktown: Old and New, a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Neighborhood in a Historic Commercial District

Walkshops
On this tour, learn how Chicago is working to overcome planning challenges in historic districts to create biking and pedestrian friendly streets.

Placemaking & Tactical Urbanism in West Lakeview

Walkshops
Community-based organizations can be lead innovators in enhancing the public realm. See how local organizations in Chicago's West Lakeview community have invested in projects to improve their public spaces and streets.

Wednesday, Nov 01

Wednesday, Nov 01 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (28 Events)

Modernizing Transit Service in the Loop

Walkshops
Tour Chicago’s newest transit investments in the heart of downtown – the Loop Link bus improvements and the Washington-Wabash CTA Elevated Transit Station.

Grant Park - Chicago's Front Yard

Walkshops
Tour iconic Grant Park to learn about the transportation history of the park, and witness the transportation transformations that the area has gone through.

Chicago's Year of Public Art

Walkshops
See why 2017 is the Year of Public Art in Chicago and hear why public art is so important to creating vibrant, active spaces.

Chicago's Pedway

Walkshops
Explore Chicago's changing attitude to pedway development over recent decades through a walk along old and new segments of Chicago's pedway.

A Transit Legacy: Exploring the Historic Loop Elevated

Walkshops
Take a walking tour through a historical continuum of evolving CTA stations to celebrate the 125th anniversary of rail transit in Chicago.

Creating Kid-Friendly Streetscapes

Walkshops
Walk along South Chicago's "main street" and see what our streetscapes can look like when we design with kids in mind.

Data Matters: Harnessing the IoT for Smart Mobility

Walkshops
Walk along four major streets in downtown Chicago to see how the City is collecting data and directing mobility through automated systems.

From Industry to Innovation: The Rebirth of Goose Island and the North Branch Industrial Corridor

Walkshops
On this tour, learn how City officials are working to change zoning designations to encourage growth and support jobs in Chicago's quickly transitioning Goose Island and the North Branch Industrial Corridor.

Streets for People

Walkshops
From a busy corridor of Asian shops and restaurants to a bustling college campus street, see two examples of people-oriented street transformation projects on Chicago's north side.

The Chicago River: Redevelopment and Restoration

Walkshops
Wander along the Chicago River and hear how developers use riverfront sites to attract residents and employees, add open space to the waterfront, and expand the riverwalk.

The Chicago Riverwalk: Building Public Space in an Urban Waterway

Walkshops
Explore the new "Rooms" along Chicago's Riverwalk and learn how they provide continuity between the river and the city.

Bronzeville Flourishing - Rooted and Linked

Walkshops
Join CDOT and local community leaders to learn about innovative City projects that respond to local needs and support equitable access to public space in low-to-moderate income communities.

Northside Lakefront Improvements - Trail Separation Projects and North Lake Shore Drive Reconstruction

Walkshops
Enjoy a ride along the country's busiest off-street trail to see how CDOT and the Chicago Park District are investing in trail improvement projects to provide greater separation between the many different users of the trail.

Implementing Chicago Union Station’s Master Plan

Walkshops
This tour will include an overview of Chicago Union Station's Master Plan, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the station's current operations and improvements.

City / State DOT Coordination: Chicago's Clybourn Ave Protected Bike Lane Project

Walkshops
Take a ride with Chicago DOT and Illinois DOT to hear how the two departments worked together to implement the first protected bike lane in Illinois on a State Jurisdiction roadway.

Protected Bike Lane Intersection Treatments

Walkshops
Walk through the Loop to see a wide variety of intersection treatments that look to eliminate and mitigate conflicts from vehicle / bike / pedestrian interactions.

Protected Bike Lanes vs. On-Street Parking

Walkshops
On this tour, come see several protected bike lane projects that were installed by removing parking, and hear about parking removal strategies, challenges and successes.

Low-Stress Bicycling in the Loop

Walkshops
Join CDOT and local advocates for a walking tour of the growing core of bike facilities in Chicago's downtown Loop.

Biking Through Barriers – A Tour of Bridges, Tunnels, and Bicycle Connections on Chicago’s Near South Side

Walkshops
Ride through Chicago's near south side to see and experience recent investments that improve bicycle connectivity.

The 606: Turning One Transportation Solution into Another

Walkshops
Wander through The 606 and learn about the successes and challenges of designing, funding and building the beloved trail.

Chinatown's Vision

Walkshops
Take the Water Taxi down to Ping Tom Park to explore public and private mobility projects in Chicago's still-growing Chinatown.

Beyond the Square: How Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Have Helped Shape Lincoln Square

Walkshops
See how CDOT has prioritized infrastructure upgrades that help foster community development while retaining the historic charm of the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Unifying Uptown Through Infrastructure and Design

Walkshops
Join CDOT and CTA to see how they've worked to promote multi-modal connectivity along diverse corridors in Uptown Chicago.

Andersonville / Edgewater Tour

Walkshops
Explore two vibrant neighborhoods on Chicago's northside, and hear how community engagement is making the area better for walkers, bikers, and visitors.

From Forklifts to Fine Dining and Industry to Entertainment - Tour Historic Randolph / Fulton Market

Walkshops
See how transit investment has spurred incredible economic growth in one of Chicago's fastest growing neighborhoods.

Chicago's Loop - It's All About the Experience

Walkshops
Join The Chicago Loop Alliance to see the results of their placemaking initiatives in the Chicago Loop and to learn about placemaking strategies for your city.

Wicker Park Bucktown: Old and New, a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Neighborhood in a Historic Commercial District

Walkshops
On this tour, learn how Chicago is working to overcome planning challenges in historic districts to create biking and pedestrian friendly streets.

Placemaking & Tactical Urbanism in West Lakeview

Walkshops
Community-based organizations can be lead innovators in enhancing the public realm. See how local organizations in Chicago's West Lakeview community have invested in projects to improve their public spaces and streets.

Wednesday, Nov 01 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (1 Event)

Thursday, Nov 02