Welcome to Season 8- Fall 2020, City Open Explores

What models and communities can inspire and energize City Open to grow as as an organization?


City Open began in 2016 with the desire to combine policy and design to give Chicago communities visioning, tools and vocabulary to bring their projects to life. Over time, it has evolved into an amazing network of designers, policy planners, data scientists and many more. 

We have explored many different formats- from in-person workshops, to Uptown tours, to ADU advocacy. At this point- we are at a junction where City Open could be many different things in the future. There are opportunities to grow our in-person meet-ups, the digital resources we provide, and the planning technical assistance.

So for the spring, we introduce City Open Explores. It is roaming and themeless. We intend to visit models and host workshops to test different models with the goal of an evolution this summer. At this moment, we are monitoring the current health climate and will update the calendar once we know more:

  • A Town Hall Simulation (February 20th)

  • Chi Hack Night (March 3rd)

  • Design Month: Sprint and Critique (to be scheduled)

  • TOD Site Crawl (to be scheduled)

  • Barbecue (to be scheduled)

You can find workshop agendas below – our typical agenda looks something like this:

6:00 Meet and greet! Hang out, grab a bite and/or get to know other participants!

6:15 Welcome/ Introductions / Background of City Open / Announcements / Workshops

Calendar / Activities / Season Overview / Mailing List / Website

6:30 Introduction to Workshop or Guest Speaker

7:00 Workshop

8:00 Session Feedback / Teams check-in

8:30 Breakdown

CALENDAR

Workshop #1: Kick off

Thursday, February 20th @ 6pm

Recap Season 7 > Pretend Town Hall > City Open Explores Overview

Where: SmithGroup, 35 E. Wacker Dr., #900

Workshop agenda + other notes available here.

Refreshments: We'll have some snacks and drinks—feel free to bring something to share with our open table!

Workshop #2

Tuesday, March 3rd @ 5:30pm

Workshop > Chi Hack NIght

Where: Marshall's Landing and Braintree, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza 

Workshop agenda + other notes here

Refreshments: We'll grab some snacks at Marshall's Landing and then go up to Chi Hack Night We will not be providing pizza but Chi Hack Night does offer some food

Workshop #3

CANCELLED

Workshop > Randolph Transit Corridor Open House

Where: 120 N. Racine, Suite 200 and Plumber's Hall (1400 W. Washington Blvd)

Refreshments: We'll have some snacks and drinks—feel free to bring something to share with our open table and then walk over to the open house

Workshop #4

CANCELLED

Workshop > City Bureau Pop-Up

Where: To be determined

Workshop agenda and notes will be available here

Refreshments: We'll have some snacks and drinks—feel free to bring something to share with our open table!

Workshop #5

Wednesday, April 8th @ 6pm

Workshop > Design Exercise

Where: 333 S Desplaines St

Workshop agenda + other notes will be available here

Refreshments: We'll have some snacks and drinks—feel free to bring something to share with our open table!

Workshop #6

Wednesday, April 22nd @ 6pm

Workshop > Design Critique

Where: 333 S Desplaines St

Workshop agenda + other notes will be available here.

Refreshments: We'll have some snacks and drinks—feel free to bring something to share with our open table!

Workshop #7: TOD Green Line Tour

Sunday, May 3rd @ 11am

Where: Meet at the Wishbone at the Clinton Green Line

Details to be presented 

Spring Season Social & Celebration!

Wednesday, May 13th @ 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for our end of season social! Connect and/or reconnect with other workshop participants.

Where: To be announced. 

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