Calumet Connect

Join us in shaping the future of the Calumet River region with Calumet Connect. We are uniting residents, businesses, and community organizations to enhance river access, promote economic development, and empower engagement in city planning efforts.


Project Information

In its efforts to improve South Chicago and the Calumet Region, the Great Cities Institute launched Calumet Connect. This initiative aims to unite stakeholders in shaping the future of the Calumet River region, including residents, businesses, and community organizations. The focus is on building bridges between people, businesses, and the environment, with an emphasis on enhancing river access and promoting economic development. GCI also aims to empower residents to engage in city planning efforts, particularly regarding the Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) along the Calumet River. The ultimate goal is to revitalize the Calumet River as a catalyst for a sustainable Southeast Side, promoting recreation, green industry, and commercial development. GCI conducted community engagement sessions from November 2017 to May 2018, with support from the Chicago Community Trust (CCT)’s Our Great Rivers grant. This funding helped expand Calumet Connect’s reach, with additional support from the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Fall 2018. These efforts brought together a diverse range of local and regional participants to shape the vision for a better Calumet River region.

Currently the project team is conducting outreach to develop a community stewardship and governance plan for the site. If you would like to participate in this project and/or provide your thoughts and feedback, please contact GCI or fill out the form.




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