Blog

Keep up to date with the latest blog posts from our staff & GCI collaborators. Blogs may not necessarily reflect the opinions of GCI, UIC, or other official positions.

Ranney Returns to UIC to Present New Book

From 1976 to 1982, David Ranney worked in several factories in Southeast Chicago and Northwest Indiana. In his newest book, he shares an account of his experience working in several jobs in a region that once contained one of the largest concentrations of heavy industry in the world.

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Gabrielle Lyon and Alex Linares join The Great Cities Team

Great Cities Institute is so pleased that Gabrielle Lyon is joining Great Cities to help us build our Cities, Youth and Design Initiative. Alex Linares joins us from the worker cooperative development sector to help build our research on entrepreneurship and workforce development.

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Planning for Great Cities, Great Rivers on the Southeast Side

Great Cities Institute has released the Calumet River Communities Planning Framework. Through a year-long process, GCI worked to develop a framework for future development in the community areas of South Chicago, South Deering, and East Side on the city’s Southeast Side.

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Chicago Honors Ida B. Wells

Yesterday was an important day in Chicago – Congress Parkway between Grant Park and the Eisenhower Expressway is now officially renamed Ida B. Wells Drive.

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Report release: Youth Citizenship in Action

We are delighted to release Citizens of the Future, an evaluation report on the Participatory Budgeting in Schools pilot program. Public schools in the United States play a critical role in preparing students to become citizens and to participate in civic life.

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