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...

May 15, 2019

Our end of season tradition includes a social gathering – this time we ventured to Skylark in Pilsen. We took this also as an opportunity to participate in this year's On the Table, this city-wide series of small community meetings organized by the Chicago Community Tr...

May 8, 2019

At our last workshop we had a double feature – (1) Amanda Scotese, founder of Chicago Detours joined us to share her ideas about Tourism as Placemaking; additionally, we were intrigued by the recent announcement by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation of the (2) Chicago Pr...

April 25, 2019

As we approach the end of the Spring season of the City Open Workshop, we gathered in the UIC Great Cities Institute on April 24 for a refresher and overview on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU).

This workshop was led by Steven Vance, Skyler Larrimore and Eli Lechter, who...

April 11, 2019

At our last workshop on April 10, City Open convened at the UIC Great Cities Institute to learn about what it takes to source revenue to fund community-driven projects, by looking at real estate development budget and project costs. The workshop was led by Navi Sandhu,...

March 27, 2019

During our last workshop on 3/27, we convened at The Great Cities Institute at UIC to explore how different methods of people-centered design thinking can help empower neighborhoods. The workshop focused on how to engage community members and stakeholders as well...

March 13, 2019

On Wednesday 3/13, we gathered at The Great Cities Institute at UIC to learn about the grassroots art of zine (pron: 'zeen') making which enables information sharing in an affordable wayVitaly Vladimirov led us through a workshop where we rolled up our sleeves,...

February 27, 2019

On Wednesday 2/27, City Open convened once again at The Great Cities Institute at UIC. This week, we turned to a new technique – how to use data to count Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Specifically, we sought to answer the following two questions: How many ADUs...

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