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...

February 20, 2019

City Open’s spring 2019 season kicked off on Wednesday 2/20 at our new location: The Great Cities Institute at UIC. We also kicked off a new seasonal format which will focus on building internal capacity in order to serve as a resource for the city on one overarching t...

During our season finale, City Open team had the opportunity to present the engagement process and programming research developed for the Kehrein Center for the Arts to members of Catalyst Circle Rock – the partnership between Catalyst Schools, Circle Urban Ministries...

December 4, 2018

Andres Alvear and Janaya Crevier from MAPSCorps said that 20 and 30% of community assets are not included in data sets available when you purchase them. They are invisible.

Founded by Dr. Stacey Lindau  (University of Chicago) in 2009, started as query of what community...

November 20, 2018

Meera Raja from City Tech Collaborative visited us to share about CUT – Civic User Testing. Imagine becoming part of a club to provide feedback on different emerging technology products. Is the the ultimate democratization of solutions offered by both public and privat...

November 6, 2018

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Jerald Gary bought a 25,000 seat theater in 2014 – the Avalon Regal Theater, the largest theater in the Southside of Chicago. Located at the juncture of 79th Street, Stony Island and South Chicago Avenue, the Regal theater was active for over 75 y...

October 22, 2018

“We believe the crisis in journalism is an unprecedented opportunity to make more democratic media” was one of the opening slides from Andrea Hart and Harry Backlund, two of the four co-founders of City Bureau – a civic journalism organization based in the Southside, o...

October 8, 2018

Bo Rodda’s diverse background, experience and training in visual arts, industrial design and data analytics has given him unique collaboration opportunities – “we can’t make good decisions if we can’t see data – and we need all the people making decisions to see it as...

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