Membership Benefits

Women in Planning + Development (WP+D) is a unique forum for women professionals to expand their professional skills, network, and exchange ideas while contributing to the improvement and development of the Chicagoland area. Our members represent over 60 public, private, and non-profit sector organizations providing a wide range of services including urban planning and design, affordable housing, architecture and landscape architecture, construction management, community development, economic development, education, government, real estate law, management consulting, transportation, public/private partnerships, municipal finance, as well as real estate consulting, development and management.


By attending WP+D sponsored programs and being involved on WP+D committees, WP+D membership offers rich personal and professional rewards. Specific benefits of membership include:

  • WP+Drinks at different locations throughout the city; these are opportunities to network with current and prospective WP+D members and connect with other professional women in your field.
  • Discounted Admission to WP+D events compared to non-member rates.
  • A Membership Appreciation Picnic each summer; free to all WP+D members and non-members, we come together in an informal setting to enjoy great company, food, drinks and music performances. We also announce the incoming WP+D Board of Directors.
  • Our Holiday Party in January; to celebrate the new year with winter networking at a festive location. Past years have included a Chocolate Champagne Party at Ethel's, a Cocktail Party at Corosh and, more recently, a New Year's Mixer at Morgan's on Fulton with catering from True Cuisine.

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