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November 2018

UTC Event: A Rapid Pace for Chicago’s Suburbs

November 15, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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DATE – Thursday November 15, 2018 TIME – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SUBJECT – “A Rapid Pace for Chicago’s Suburbs.” SPEAKER -- Charlotte Obodzinski, Pace Supervisor of the Rapid Transit Program VENUE – Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago DETAILS -- Proposed Pace Pulse Express Bus Service Along I-90 Corridor Topic at UTC Fall Seminar Series Presentation November 15 In 2019, Pace plans to debut Pulse, a new bus rapid transit network that’s…

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February 2019

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman writes often of the Middle East, approaching it from unusual angles and shedding light on overlooked dimensions of the place, its people, and their cultures. Her books include House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century, and Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City, which the Los Angeles Times called “brave and often beautiful” and Haaretz described as…

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The World is Watching Book Signing

February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Being Black in America is a journey and a quest for self-affirmation and alliance and place. Black Americans have refused to be acquiescent, and our cry, in the words of Maya Angelou, “And Still We Rise”, has left an indelible imprint at home and abroad. In The World is Watching, notable world figures talk about their personal experiences with African Americans and the impacts these experiences have had on them. Join us for this book signing and discussion which will…

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UTC Event: ON TO 2050: Exploring the Plan’s Digital Implementation Tools

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Digital tools developed from the ON TO 2050 regional plan for northeastern Illinois will be the focus of the debut UTC 2019 Seminar Series presentation Thursday February 21.  Tina Fassett Smith, Communications Principal at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will lead participants on an exploration of the ON TO 2050 website with a focus on tools meant to guide implementation of the plan’s recommendations. The presentation will begin at noon and will be held in the Great Cities Institute Conference Room at CUPPA Hall.…

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Youth Job Center presents: Multiple Choice Panel Discussion

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
111 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2700, 111 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606 United States
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March 2019

Disassembled Cities: Social and Spatial Strategies to Reassemble Communities

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join Great Cities Institute for a discussion with the editor, Elizabeth L. Sweet, and several chapter authors of the recently released book Disassembled Cities: Social and Spatial Strategies to Reassemble Communities. Authors in attendance will include Iván Arenas, Associate Director, UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy; Tarini Bedi, Associate Professor, Anthropology; John J. Betancur, Professor, UIC Urban Planning and Policy; Andy Clarno, Associate Professor, Sociology & African American Studies; Teresa Córdova, Director and Professor, UIC Great Cities…

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UTC Event: Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency: Keeping the Nation’s Economy Moving

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE), is the first of its kind consortium. The partnership between the U.S. DOT, State of Illinois, Cook County, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads are guiding the investment of billions of dollars into improving freight and passenger rail infrastructure. On March 21, Samuel Tuck III, the Bureau Chief of Freight Rail Management at the Illinois Department of Transportation, will lead a presentation, “Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency: Keeping the…

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April 2019

Living and Dying on the Factory Floor – Book Discussion and Signing

April 10 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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David Ranney’s vivid memoir describes his work experiences between 1976 and 1982 in the factories of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana. The book opens with a detailed description of what it was like to live and work in one of the heaviest industrial concentrations in the world. The author takes the reader on a walk through the heart of the South Side of Chicago, observing the noise, heavy traffic, the 24-hour restaurants and bars, the rich diversity of people on…

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Contested City: From the Lower East Side of New York City to the West Side of Chicago

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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UTC event: The 78: Chicago’s Next Great Neighborhood

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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WHAT: UTC April 18 Seminar Series presentation on “The 78: Chicago’s Next Great Neighborhood” WHEN: Thursday April 18 from noon to 1 pm WHERE: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St., 4th Floor, Chicago WHO: Featured speaker will be Mike Pfeffer, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President of Architecture at real estate development firm Related Midwest LEARN MORE:  The 78 is an ambitious plan to transform the largest parcel of undeveloped land in downtown Chicago into the city's 78th neighborhood.  When completed, this 62-acre,…

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