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Designing a Fully Accessible City

The City of Chicago’s stated goal is to become the most accessible and inclusive city in the United States. Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect more than 25 years ago, Chicago has made great strides in accomplishing that goal. Once considered one of the most difficult places in the United States for people with disabilities to live, work and visit, it has become a national model for inclusion and access. In this WalkShop we will learn about the various ways in which the City of Chicago has improved accessibility for people with disabilities traveling in the City. We’ll sample Chicago’s extensive accessible rail and bus transportation systems, experience what it’s like to use accessible taxicabs and walk along the City’s accessible sidewalks and pedestrian paths, including the newly renovated Riverwalk to learn how a modern City opens opportunities to people with disabilities by ensuring that all aspects of its transportation system are accessible.

Modes: Walking, Bus, “L” Train, Accessible Cab