Welcome to Season 8 // Spring 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. We visited  models and host workshops to test different models. Because of the current health crisis, we took a March- April break, but are looking forward to hosting a series of webinar City Opens:

  • A Town Hall Simulation (February 20th)

  • Chi Hack Night (March 3rd)

  • Hosting a Digital Town Hall: (April 29th)

  • Creating Collaborative Resources (May 13th)

  • Real Estate Forecast: A Changing Market (May 27th)

You can find workshop agendas below – our interim digital agenda will look something like this:

6:00 Meet and greet! 

6:10 Welcome/ Introductions / Background of City Open / Announcements / Workshops

Calendar / Activities / Season Overview / Mailing List / Website

6:20 Introduction to Guest Speaker

6:50 Question and Answer

7:00 Breakdown

CALENDAR

Workshop #1: Kick off

Thursday, February 20 @ 6pm

Recap Season 7 > Town Hall Simulation > 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 3 @ 5:30pm

Workshop > City Open Explores 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

Wednesday, April 29 @ 6:00pm

Workshop > Hosting the Digital Town Hall

Where: ZOOM (ZOOM link and password sent to RSVPs 24 hours in advance)

Workshop agenda and notes will be available after session

Refreshments: We will be drinking and snacking on our own nibbles- definitely bring your own to the screen or order from a small business!

Workshop #4

Wednesday May 13 @ 6pm

Workshop > Collaborative Design Documentation during Social Distancing

Where: ZOOM (ZOOM link and password sent to RSVPs 24 hours in advance)

Workshop agenda and notes will be available after session

Please take a look at ConceptBoard if you have time beforehand.

Workshop agenda + other notes here

Refreshments: We will be drinking and snacking on our own nibbles- definitely bring your own to the screen or order from a small business!

Workshop #5

Wednesday, May 27 @ 6pm

Workshop > Real Estate Forecast in a Changing Time

Where: ZOOM (ZOOM link and password sent to RSVPs 24 hours in advance)

Workshop agenda + other notes will be available after session

Refreshments: We will be drinking and snacking on our own nibbles- definitely bring your own to the screen or order from a small business!

Workshop #6

TBD in June

Workshop > Designing an Outdoor Activation

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 (TBC)

TBD in June

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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