Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

Research & Publications

Books and reports to foster understanding of urban planning, transportation and the economics of cities. This page lists all of our Chaddick publications and research studies.


"The Traveler's Tradeoff:  Comparing the Prices of Intercity Bus, Train, and Air Travel Across the United States." (PDF, 14 pages). Release Date: April 21, 2014, 7:00AM CST. Please email for an advance copy. To speak with Joe Schwieterman, principal author, email

"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). 2013 Year-in-Review.  Released on Jan. 14, 2014. To receive a copy of this study, please email

2013 Publications

"The Personal Tech Tidal Wave: The Surging Use of Electronic Devices on Intercity Buses, Planes, & Trains: 2012 - 2013" (PDF, 16 pages). Part C of Technology in Intercity Travel Study – 2013 Update: Our study comparing rising technology use on buses, trains, and planes.  May 19, 2013.

"Tablets Take Flight: The Rise of Personal Electronic Devices & The Growing Cost of the FAA Ban on Technology Use During Takeoffs/Landings" (PDF, 16 pages). Part A of Technology in Intercity Travel Study – 2013 Update: Our study on rising technology use on commercial flights. Updated version released on May 29, 2013.

"The Digitally Connected Commuter: The Rapidly Rising Use of Personal Electronic Devices on Chicago's Suburban Trains, 2012-2013" (PDF, 12 pages). Part B of Technology in Intercity Travel Study – 2013 Update: Our study on rising technology use on commuter rail. Released on May 14, 2013. NOTE: This paper is currently under consideration of publication in an academic journal. Please email to obtain the study. 

"The Store Next Door: How Ethnic Grocery Stores Contribute to Neighborhood Life & Cross-Cultural Food Consumption in Chicago" (PDF, 19 pages). Released on March 20, 2013.
2012 Intercity Bus Study: The Motor Coach Metamorphosis 2012: Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States. Released on January 6, 2013.   

2012 Publications

Chaddick Institute Report: Tending to Transit: The Benefits and Costs of Bringing Public Transport in the Chicago Region into Good Repair (PDF, 28 pages). Released on December 10, 2012.

The 20 Top "Transit Suburbs" of Metropolitan Chicago: An Index Approach (PDF, 28 pages). Visit for an interactive slideshow featuring each of the top transit communities. Released on July 26, 2012.

Tablets and E-Readers Leap Past Music Players and Regular Cell Phones as “Technologies of Choice” on Commuter Trains (addendum to Staying Connected En Route, The Growing Use of Tablets and other Portable Electronic Devices on Intercity Buses, Trains, and Planes, released on January 20, 2012) (PDF, 2 pages). Released on May 23, 2012.

Staying Connected En Route: The Growing Use of Tablets and other Portable Electronic Devices on Intercity Buses, Trains, and Planes (PDF, 15 pages). Released on January 20, 2012.

2011 Publications

The Intercity Bus Rolls to Record Expansion: 2011 Update on Scheduled Motor Coach Service in the United States (PDF, 13 pages). Released on December 21, 2011.

Who Rides Curbside Buses: A Survey of Passengers on Curbside Bus Lines in Six East and Midwest Cities (PDF, 14 pages). Released on August 1, 2011.

Are Taxes on Car-sharing Too High? A Review of the Public Benefits and Tax Burden of an Expanding Transportation Sector (PDF, 44 pages). Our recently released research on taxation rates for car-sharing services in American cities. Released on June 28, 2011.  

Privacy Invades Public Space: The Growing Use of Portable Electronic Technology on Intercity Buses, Trains and Planes (PDF, 22 pages). Our new national study showing how the growing use of portable electronic technology among intercity air, rail, and bus passengers is having transformative effects on travel behavior across the United States. Released in January 2011).

Presentation on trends in transit ridership at John Noel Public Transit Discovery Conference, Addison Illinois, October 7, 2011 (PDF, 19). Released on October 7, 2011.

2009-2010 Publications

The Intercity Bus: America's Fastest Growing Transportation Mode: 2010 Update on Scheduled Bus Service (PDF, 12 pages).  This is our annual summary of the intercity bus sector, including an estimate of the environmental benefits of rising traffic levels on new “curbside operators” such as BoltBus, Megabus and DC2NY Bus. Released in December 2010. 

Costs of Terminating Lock Operations on the Chicago Area Waterway System.  Our review of the economic cost of discontinuing operations of the Chicago Lock and O’Brien lock in response to the migration of Asian carp. This was prepared for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in Spring 2010

Companion Animals and Chicago Communities: A Strategic Assessment for the City of Chicago.  Conducted in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society for the city of Chicago, this study uses the principles of effective municipal planning and development to explore factors related to companion-animals, including but not limited to public health, public safety and distribution of resources. The final report was briefed out to City Council on March 3, 2010. 

Our new research page featuring our analysis on the Growth of Intercity Bus Travel and the Role of Portable Electronic Technology on Consumer Travel Choices.   Please select the link for information about our widely circulated study, "The Return of the Intercity Bus," and our new publication, "Is Portable Technology Changing How Americans Travel". 

“Community Appearance Regulation: Municipal Design Review Practices in Metropolitan Chicago”, by John Hedrick, JD.  This new publication for municipal board members and staff and anyone interested in urban design issues covers economic considerations and compares processes and current issues, including case studies and research data. Click here for sample pages of the document. To order copies at $5 each, contact or the Chaddick Institute at 312-362-5731.


Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region. Lake Forest Press.

Now available at Chicago Architecture Foundation and Barnes & Noble DePaul Center. For a description of the text and to purchase a copy please visit the Lake Forest Press website

Notable Earlier Publications

 1.  Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago
 2.  Land Use Inventories: Practical Alternatives For Municipal Governments in Metropolitan Chicago
 3.  Abandoned Corridors
 4.  A Compendium of Municipal Population and Land Area Information: The Chicago Metropolitan Area, 1850-2000
 5.  Private Opinions: Professional Views on the Privatization of Public Transit Services in Metropolitan Chicago
 6.  Shaping Contemporary Suburbia: Perspectives on Development Control in Metropolitan Chicago
 7.  When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment (Eastern U.S.)
 8.  When the Railroad Leaves Town:  American Communities in the age of Rail Line Abandonment (Western U.S.)
 9.  Voices from the Past, Visions for the Future
10. Alternatives to the Whistle

    Research Publications (free downloads)

    Regional Retail Sales Update (December 2009)
    Regional Sales Tax Update (November 2009)

    Emerging Sales Tax Trends in Metropolitan Chicago (August 2009)

    Sales Tax Rates and Buying Behavior: Evidence from Communities Near the Cook County Boundary (May 2009)

    Kaleidoscope of Culture: Measuring the Diversity of Chicago's Neighborhoods (June 2008)
    Return of the Intercity Bus
    Railroad History Notes
    Article on Airline Pricing
    Study on Railroad Horns for Senator Durbin

    For more information regarding any of our publications including how to purchase any of them please contact the Chaddick Institute at 312.362.5731 or by email at For students, please inquire about our special student discounts.

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