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"Planning Chicago" with Jon DeVries and Bradford Hunt

  • November 18, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Open Books at 213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, IL
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Please join Women in Planning and Development for an intimate conversation of planning in Chicago with Jon DeVries and D. Bradford Hunt, the co-authors of “Planning Chicago.” We will be discussing the role of, and impact on, women in the planning of the Windy City and Chicago’s planning history more broadly. Released earlier this year, “Planning Chicago” examines the current state of city planning in Chicago, weighs it against the city’s rich legacy of planning and urban design, and suggests the need for a new generation of planning in Chicago:

In Planning Chicago, Hunt and DeVries tell the real stories of the planners, politicians, and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago, starting in 1958, early in the Richard J. Daley era. Over the ensuing decades, planning did much to develop the Loop, protect Chicago's famous lakefront, and encourage industrial growth and neighborhood development in the face of national trends that savaged other cities.  But planning also failed some of Chicago's communities and did too little more others.  The Second City is no longer defined by its past and its myths but by the nature of its emerging postindustrial future.


We also invite you to explore the Chicago Tribune’s request for proposals for “A New Plan of Chicago.” As advocates for good planning, we would like to discuss at this event issues confronting Chicago today, from imperiled public schools to the concentration of violent crime on our City’s south and west sides, through the lens of our past successes and failures. We hope that this event will spark debate for what we, the new generation of planners, can do to fulfill Burnham’s mission: Make no little plans.


The event will be hosted at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Place, near the Chicago Brown Line El stop on November 18th at 6:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. This event will be free for members ($10 for non-members), but please RSVP at wpdchicago.com.

Additional readings:

HinzWhat is Chicago Planning? Not Enough 

Pollock:  Chicago needs to make a new city plan 

Wysocki:  Uncertain Future in the Absence of Planning 

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