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Upcoming Events

Introducing: "Terminal Town: Celebrating 75 Years of Travel to the Windy City"
The Chaddick Institute is proud to present our special transportation festival, running Sept 2014 - Early 2015. Please visit our new website for information regarding this special transportation festival.

Monday, September 15. 5:15PM - 6PM
Chaddick Institute Open House for SPS Students
All students in the School of Public Service (SPS) are welcome at this Chaddick Institute event to learn about our programs and student opportunities. Swing by even if you can only stay a few minutes or need to arrive late. RSVP (optional) to 243 S. Wabash, Suite 9000, (CDM Building). Take elevators to the 9th floor and follow signs left to the institute. 

Friday, September 19. Noon - 1PM
Midwest High Speed Rail Association Luncheon, hosted by the Chaddick Institute
Maria Choca Urban, of Cook County,  will speak on the new transportation plan being developed by Cook County. Dublin Room, 14 E. Jackson, Suite 1600.  Registration is $30 with box lunch provided, or $20 w/o lunch. Click here to register.

Wednesday, September 23. 5:15PM - 6:15PM
Building Modern Streetcar Systems: Is the Goal to Promote "Livability" or Improve Transportation? A Look at the Evidence, Guest Speaker Lauren Fischer
Across the U.S., modern streetcar systems are being promoted to both create high density and pedestrian-friendly corridors and improve mobility. Yet critics argue that these projects tend to prioritize economic development and "livability" over traditional transportation goals, such as reducing driving and travel. But what does the evidence show? Lauren Fischer will explore the financial and evaluation techniques being applied to streetcar projects across the country. Her presentation will ask: what are the unintended consequences of emphasizing livability rather than transportation? How has federal policy affected incentives to build new lines? Along the way she'll look at some of the streetcar proposals emerging for Chicago and elsewhere. This will be a discussion orientated events, with extensive time for Q&A. Chaddick Institute, 243 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 9000. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to 

Saturday, September 27. 10AM - 2PM
CNU-IL/SNU-IL Pop-up Urban Design Studio, Co-hosted by the Chaddick Institute
CNU Illinois and the Illinois Chapter of the Students for the New Urbanism will host the second annual Pop-up Urban Design Studio. Planning and design students from DePaul, Judson and UIC will come together in intercollegiate teams for a two-hour, peer-led charrette. Free, with registration. Chaddick Institute-Conference Room, 243 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 9000. Click here to register! Click here to view the site plan and here for a proposal description for the event.

Tuesday, September 30. 12PM - 1PM
Transportation Research Forum Brown Bag Lunch: "Transit Future: An Initiative of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Active Transportation Alliance".
Join our discussion with leaders Jacky Grimshaw and Ron Burke about their program's goals and visually impressive website, Free with RSVP. Dublin Room, 14 E. Jackson, Suite 1600. Email to RSVP. Bring your lunch!

October 1-3. 2014 
American Planning Association- Illinois State Conference
Join our delegation attending this years APA-IL conference in Evanston, IL. Visit our display table in the exhibit area! For more information on the conference, Click Here! If you are interested in joining the delegation, please email:  As part of the conference, we will also take part in the full-day 'Planning Officials' Track. For more information, Click Here & to Register, Click Here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014. 11:30AM - 1PM
IALI/Chaddick Institute 4th Annual Lunch Lecture
This year's event will feature Michael G. Whitaker, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Please mark your calendars for this complimentary luncheon event and watch for registration details in the coming weeks. Email for more information.

Saturday, November 1, 10AM - 7:30PM
10th bi-Annual Chaddick Institute Study Trip
Join us for an informative day that includes a gathering at Midway Airport with former Southwest Airlines CEO Howard Putnam and stops on notable South Side transportation hubs/community development sites, via minibus. Meet downtown at 10 a.m., returning around 7:30 p.m. Open to DePaul students and alums. More details coming soon. Email to be notified about registration. Click here for information on the Chaddick Institute Study Trip program!

Friday, November 21, 2014.  6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m 
"Terminal Town" Celebratory Banquet
We invite you to our highly anticipated banquet as part of our special project, "Terminal Town: Celebrating 75 Years of Travel to the Windy City", at Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N. Clark St.  Includes special video production to recognize leading figures in the construction and preservation of air, bus, and train terminals in the region. View banquet information.  Register for event. For additional information email:

Recent News

"Gaining Insight into GLMRIS: An Investigation of the Benefits & Costs of the Alternatives in the Great Lakes & Mississippi River Interbasin Study" (PDF, 14 pages). Released February 6, 2014.

"Motoring into the Mainstream: Intercity Bus Service in the United States" (PDF, 16 pages). Part C of Technology in Intercity Travel Study 2013 Year-in-Review.  Released on January 14, 2014.