October Neighbor’s Night Out Summary: Looking Toward the Future

At the October GSLA Neighbors’ Night Out, about 35 people joined in conversation about metro Chicago regional planning issues. The event was held at Bulldog Ale House, 901 South State Street.

Two urban planners from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning—the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendal, Lake, McHenry, and Will—joined the event to give updates and field questions about CMAP’s work developing our region’s next comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050. This is scheduled for adoption in October 2018. There is an ON TO 2050 Plan Preview report that CMAP developed with extensive research and analysis as well as broad engagement period in recent months.

Organized according to the overarching principles of Resilience, Inclusive Growth and Prioritized Investment, this preview report describes anticipated plan recommendations across CMAP’s core areas of regional economy, land use, natural systems, governance, and mobility.

Continual input by stakeholder organizations and individuals has been vital to the development and implementation of GO TO 2040 (the current regional comprehensive plan). From now through October 2018 and beyond, ON TO 2050 will continue building on that participatory process, which is key to our region’s success in defining and achieving its long-term goals.

Please take every opportunity to join the discussion online and in public meetings.  To arrange a workshop for your organization or community, contact the CMAP team at ONTO2050@cmap.illinois.gov.


About the GSLA:

The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1998.  Our mission is to bring neighbors together to maintain and improve the South Loop as a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community.

About Neighbors’ Night Out:

The GSLA’s Neighbors’ Night Out is a monthly series of informal gatherings at local restaurants/bars where neighbors may gather to meet and discuss topics relevant to our neighborhood.  The topics change from month to month based on feedback from our annual State of the South Loop survey and other current events that impact the South Loop.