We kicked-off City Open Workshop Fall 2020 – we are excited to be collaborating this season with the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) team and supporting the Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) in Rogers Park. As we edit and publish our session notes on this sessi...

May 7, 2020

We opened City Open Workshop Spring 2020 with the idea of exploring various formats for meeting and engagement- in my mind, I jumped to visiting different meetups and tours of various neighborhoods. At no point this winter did I imagine COVID-19 and shelter-in-place re...

March 23, 2020

At last week’s meeting, City Open Workshop made a visit to Chi Hack Night, a non-profit organization that focuses its public events around the topic of city improvement. Chi Hack Night events typically include food, public announcements, presentations, and breakout gro...

City Open started its eighth season this month, hosting a second simulated town hall. City Open hosted its first simulated town hall a year ago as a way to kick off the season with an engaging event that gets people to think critically about stakeholders, issues, and p...

November 20, 2019

The 6th workshop of our fall season was kicked off by Kendra Freeman of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) on the topic of Equitable Development. Growing up in Cottage Grove Heights in the East Side part of Chicago, Kendra developed a passion for advocating for so...

November 6, 2019

On November 6th, City Open Workshop welcomed Gaylord Minett, urban planner and community organizer who has experience in stakeholder facilitation and human-centered design from his work at the Greater Chatham Initiative and Rebuild Foundation

Gaylord pr...

October 24, 2019

The fourth workshop for our fall season was led by Curtis Florence, a Development Manager at Clayco-CRG. It was during this session that we furthered our research around ADU design, construction and urban development. Curtis lead the discussion by asking the group, “If...

October 10, 2019

Our third workshop of the season was basically a cracked fire hydrant of knowledge thanks to the generous contributions of not one, but two guest speakers. This was compounded by the POV (point of view) factor -  both of this week’s speakers presented on strategies to...

September 25, 2019

 The 2nd workshop of this Fall was led by James Young and Mark Pomarico (both from Booth Hansen) who have been active participants in technical studies and advocacy work related to ADUs ordinance during the past year. This workshop focused on their research related to...

September 12, 2019

We kicked off our Spring season learning from Diane Limas, Maria Elena Sifuentes, Charisma Thapa from Communities United, Mary Rosenberg from Access Living, and Rachel Arfa from Equip for Equality, and discussed aspects of inclusion and disability in rel...

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