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A More Perfect Union: Transit Investments and Economic Development on Chicago’s Southside

Chicago’s Southside has a rich history of industrial and cultural innovation, as well as a complex history of segregation and population loss. Each community area has a distinct identity, from the National Monument in Pullman, to the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, to the former steel mills in South Chicago. Recent years have seen the development of new job centers, including a new Method factory and a Whole Foods Distribution Center in Pullman and the Ford plant and the new railcar assembly Facility in Hegewisch. This tour will visit community areas already well-served by transit and those without rail or fixed-guideway access to downtown. It will showcase transit projects that have a strong economic development component, including rehabilitating and enhancing existing transit assets, as well as viewing the footprint of a planned extension project. Community development approaches will be shared, from workforce development strategies to using architecture to create a community gateway, to coordination with locally-bred economic development and public art initiatives. Transit and transportation have a role to play in the economic opportunities in our cities and communities – come see how Chicago is embracing that vision.

Mode: CTA Electric Bus and Rail