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Chaddick holds a Global Learning Exchange session taking the form of a conversation between university students in Curitiba, Brazil, and DePaul graduate students. The session is hosted by Brandon Bordenkircher, a DePaul Alum, and Chaddick Research Fellow. The conversation focuses on e-government and tech-related innovation that can enhance citizen participation.
MDRN's Summer walking tour at the Village of Downer's Grove
A dozen students and alums involved in Chaddick activities met at Chicago's famed Riverwalk for a mixer to celebrate summer. We used the occasion to discuss the remarkable transformation of the Main Stem of the Chicago River since 2010.
Chaddick released its sixth independently produced brief on Amazon’s cargo airline. The brief,
Total Package: Amazon Air's Changing Network and Strategic Orientation, was the focus of feature articles in the
Wall Street Journal and
Air Cargo News . The study team also presented their findings at the Transportation Research Forum conference in Saint Louis, MO in April 2022.
We hosted "Discussion over Drinks" with the Transportation Research Forum’s Chicago Chapter. The
At the American Bus Association’s Marketplace Expo in Grapevine, TX, we unveiled the
Informal Mixer at "the TRB"
URBAN DESIGN AWARD PROGRAM WINNERS
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Chaddick Institute's four annual Urban Design Award Program, a competition for first-year Sustainable Urban Development graduate students. Each student submitted a 3-D model using Sketchup and neighborhood maps prepared using Illustrator and GIS, for a vacant parcel. Their work illustrates the technical skills gains gained by students through the SUD program. We thank Marisa Schulz and Rachael Smith of All Together Studio for assisting in the program.
Chaddick “Blue Demons” Basketball Outing
The Chaddick team brought together students and alumni for DePaul’s Blue Demons vs Duquesne University basketball game. Students and alumni, including recent graduate Matthew Jacques, who helped organize the event, witnessed a convincing victory while bringing each other up-to-date on their courses and careers. The event included an informal tour of the Wintrust Arena led by Joe Schwieterman, highlighting the social and urban significance of both the arena and location.
Design Review Networking & Idea Exchange attracts 28 students and professional
This year’s Municipal Design Review Network “Idea Exchange”, which attracted 28 professionals and students, allowed attendees to share strategies and “best practices” related to emerging planning and design challenges. Hosted city planner, Andy Cross, AICP, City of Highland Park, it featured small-group discussions of current planning issues led by Ryan Franklin, AICP, Village of Schaumburg, Scott Mangum, AICP, Village of Lincolnwood, and Emily Egan, AICP, Village of Brookfield. Students and professionals found the lively Zoom discussions to be both interesting and insightful.
"Neighborly Rivals" Conference attracts 85Chaddick and DePaul Real Estate Center held their jointly sponsored annual conference, entitled Neighborly Rivals: How commercial and residential real estate activity is shifting between Chicago and the Suburbs. The symposium featured Michael Fassnacht, World Business Chicago; Lee Everett, Waterton; Rachael Smith, AICP, All Together; Derek Fohl, Midwest Capital Markets; and Bennett Webster, Paramount Lodging Advisors. The meeting was attended by 85 and continued our highly successful collaboration with our friends at the "REC".
Transportation Research Forum - Autumn Professional "Mixer"An audience of 28 attended our autumn "professional mixer", hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF). Small group discussions were led by Libby Ogard, Prime Focus, who discussed congestion at the ports; David Tomzik, Pace Suburban Bus, who discussed transit planning; and our own Allison Woodward, graduate student, who discussed mobility in the West African country of Benin.
Sunday Tour of Illinois Center and Lake Shore East A hearty group of 24 braved inclement weather for a weekend walking tour of Illinois Center and Lake Shore East, including stops on all three levels of the area’s complex street network as well as the new St. Regis tower. Our tour was led by Patrick Steffes, an editor of Forgotten Chicago and Chaddick Program Advisor. The event culminated with a networking event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
Autumn Study trip to MilwaukeeA group of 22 graduate students and alumni take part in a daylong trip via Amtrak's Hiawatha Service to this neighboring Wisconsin city. This urban-planning immersion included discussions with leaders of the Historic Third Ward, managers of a streetscape program at the City of Public Works, and senior officers of Revitalize Milwaukee. Our outing was Chaddick's 20th study trip!
Municipal Design Review Network "Walking Tour" in Highland Park
Chaddick crosses an Milestone in Annual Scholarship Awards
Future of Bus Travel Conference
Chaddick co-sponsors The Future of Bus is Digital Conference, hosted virtually by Reservmas-Sass and attended by more than 200. Professor Schwieterman is interviewed about themes in our 2021 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry report. The Conference offered simultaneous translation, a "first" for a Chaddick Sponsored event.
Showcasing Chicago's Electric Vehicle Pilot
Congrats to our Chaddick Scholars!
Congratulations to our 2021 Chaddick Scholars, who greatly helped our center achieve its goals during the 2020-21 academic year. This year's class consisted of Reed Capshaw, Hugo Coronado, Kimberly Fair, Sara Frankiewicz, Dylan Haber, Jennifer Hernandez, Mitch Hirst, Casey Lawler, and Valeria Tarka. The Scholars completed their final presentation in early June before an expert audience. Check out their bios here.
Illinois Center and Lake Shore East: From Rail to Real Estate
Spring Study Trip for Graduate StudentsWe were joined by 15 attendees for our Virtual Spring Study Trip. Valerie Egon, of the Oregon Department
Transportation Research Forum Spring Networking Event We were joined by 24 attendees for this virtual networking event. Attendees had the chance to chat with
Primed and Positioned: Strategic Moves by Amazon Air Winter 2021Our most recent study of Amazon Air's evolution, released February 16, 2020, analyzes the carriers recent
On the Brink: 2021 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the United States Webinar
December Lunch & Learn Webinar
We were joined by 19 attendees for an informative analysis of the effects of COVID-19 in Chicago
neighborhoods. Graduate students presented case studies that were conducted in part using the DePaul COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Cole Neder and Jacob Walls, School of Public Service, presented the Wrigleyville Case Study. Preeya Waite and Iqra Hashwani, Master of Public Health Program, presented the Gage Park Case Study. The event was jointly sponsored by the Chaddick Institute, School of Public Service, and Center for Community Health Equity. Chaddick Institute Holiday Reception44 attendees joined us for our first ever virtual holiday reception. We enjoyed some holiday merriment and took a brief look back at some of the Chaddick activities and happenings of the autumn term. Brandon Bordenkircher received the inaugural Chaddick Institute Distinguished Alumni Award for his extensive service to the institute's student programs, publications, and professional activities. We also celebrated the career of Laurie Marston, AICP, our talented Technical Advisor, who is retiring in January 2021.
Virtual Walking Tour of Villa Park
Chaddick Institute's Metropolitan Design Review Network was joined by 46 participants for a Virtual Walking Tour hosted by the Village of Villa Park. Consuelo Arguilles, Community Development Director, and other staff at the Village took us on a fast-paced tour featuring notable design projects, multi-use trails, and COVID-19 pandemic adaptations throughout the village.
Graduate Student Research Presentation Lunch & Learn Webinar
We were joined by 27 participants for a lunch time webinar featuring graduate student research. Attendees had the opportunity to attend break-out sessions featuring presentations from School of Public Service graduate students Santa Torrijo, Maureen McClellan, and Mandaline Dunne.
We were joined by a diverse audience of 70 from across the country for this exciting evening event cosponsored with TRF Chicago and FleetMotum. We explored issues and opportunities facing transit agencies throughout the United States with respect to their bus operations using an innovate Q&A-focused format. Our panel of industry experts included: Adelee Le Grand, Transdev North America; Dan Hibbert, Montgomery County Maryland Department of Transportation; Naomi Klein, Westchester County Department of Planning; Ryan Ruehle, Pace Suburban Bus; and Steven Brown, HNTB. Brian Antolin and David Hall of FleetMotum served as discussants. Click here to view this webinar.
Reclaiming Abandoned Rail Lines for Freight and Excursion Service
Identifying and Mitigating COVID-19 Racial and Income Disparities in ChicagoAn impressive group of 63 attendees joined us for a timely lunch and learn webinar to discuss COVID-19 testing disparities in Chicago’s neighborhoods. The event was co-hosted with the Center for Community Health Equity, DePaul University; and Geographic Society of Chicago. Our panel encompassed: Fernando De Maio, PhD, American Medical Association; C. Scott Smith, PhD AICP, our assistant director; and Raj Shah, MD Geriatrician, Department of Family Medicine at Rush Medical College.
Amazon Air’s Summer Surge Policy Brief ReleasedChaddick Institute completed work on its "Amazon Air's Summer Surge" policy brief. The brief received widespread attention from aviation analysts and media outlets, including Freightwaves and CNBC. The brief's co-authors were Joe Schwieterman, Chaddick Institute director; Jacob Walls and Borja Gonzales, both graduate research associates. Check out the report's cartography and Amazon warehouse location analysis prepared with support from Crystal Bell and Jessica Kupets. Click here to view our brief.
MUNICIPAL DESIGN REVIEW NETWORKING & IDEA SHARING EVENT
The Municipal Design Review Network hosted an interactive online networking event for municipal planners and design professionals. The event's fun and focused discussions included small, facilitated breakout rooms that offered opportunities to share strategies for addressing existing and emerging planning and design challenges. Over 30 planners engaged in insightful conversation on the design of indoor and outdoor spaces, public meeting venues and virtual software/plan review options. Thanks to Emily A. Egan, AICP, Assistant City Planner, City of Elmhurst; Scott A. Mangum, AICP, Planning and Zoning Manger, City of Evanston; Tom Farace, AICP, Planning & Economic Development Manager, Village of Carol Stream for leading small group discussions.
URBAN DESIGN AWARD PROGRAM WINNERSWe are pleased to announce the winners of the Chaddick Institute's third annual Urban Design Award Program, a competition for first-year Sustainable Urban Development graduate students. Each student submitted a 3-D model using Sketchup and neighborhood maps prepared using Illustrator and GIS, for a vacant parcel at 2431 W. Fullerton Ave – Logan Square, Chicago. Their work illustrates the technical skills gains gained by students through the SUD program.
NATIONAL WEBINAR FEATURING NEW RESEARCH: INSIGHTS INTO AMAZON AIR: 2020'S TRANSPORTATION JUGGERNAUT
An audience of 66 took part in a special mid-day webinar featuring David Vernon, Bernstein Research in New York, and the DePaul University's research time in the Windy City. The event explored Amazon Air's dramatic growth in recent months and the changing orientation of its flight network. These topics were featured in a Chaddick Institute policy brief available for download here.
CHADDICK'S ANNUAL END OF YEAR PARTY We celebrated another great year of research and programming with 30+ students, colleagues, and friends, and congratulated our soon-to-be School of Public Service and Sustainable Urban Development graduates, as well as this year's 12 Chaddick Scholars! The Chaddick team provided brief remarks, followed by a virtual toast to celebrate the arrival of summer. We look forward to what 2020-2021 might have in store!
AIR TRAVEL, COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO COVID: VIEWS FROM GAO, PRESENTED BY HEATHER KRAUSE
Heather Krause, Director of Physical Infrastructure team, General Accountability Office, presented a timely program exploring the federal government's response to COVID-19 for the aviation sector and lessons learned in preparing for future pandemic diseases. She discussed why the GAO warned (2015 study) prior to the present crisis that the country “lacks a comprehensive national aviation-preparedness plan aimed at preventing and containing the spread of disease through air travel" and the status of DOT's efforts to develop a plan. Heather touched on broader issues unrelated to the crisis facing airports explored in a GAO study released in February.
WEBINAR ON LEAD PIPELINES AND STATE PREEMPTION
URBAN CLUSTER LUNCH & LEARN: MOVEMENT ACROSS BORDERS UNDER BREXITWe had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Sarah Jane Fox, our Chaddick Institute visiting scholar from the University of East London in United Kingdom, for a special lunch & learn event “Movement Across Borders: Freedom, Safety, Security…and BREXIT!" Dr. Fox offered a case-study perspective on the European Union the U.K., in addition to the security challenges related to “Megxit and the Sussexes". The room was packed with twenty-five plus faculty, students, and visiting DePaul alumni.
CHADDICK SCHOLARS CHINATOWN DINNERThe incoming class of Chaddick Scholars met with Professors Joe and Scott for a kickoff dinner in Chinatown's Triple Crown Restaurant. The ten newest Scholars represent the various degree programs in the School of Public Service and Sustainable Urban Development program. It was a great opportunity to learn about one another's research interests, and we're looking forward to a great year ahead!
"EARTH, WIND & FIRE SYMPOSIUM" ON CLIMATE CHANGE WITH DEPAUL'S REAL ESTATE CENTER
TRANSPORTATION ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Members of the Transportation Research Forum joined us for a lively roundtable discussion with Mark Walbrun, Senior Consultant – Rail & Transit, at Quandel Consulting, on cutting-edge technologies now in use or soon to be deployed on rail systems. Mark covered a variety of transportation technologies, including autonomous trains and battery-powered transit services. Erik Cempel moderated the event.
MILWAUKEE STUDY TRIP
CHADDICK SUPPORTS MEGAREGION CHICAGO
WEBINAR: TWO ANALYSES OF SHARED MOBILITY IN CHICAGO Over 35 tuned in for our late summer webinar on shared mobility in Chicago. First, Chaddick's C. Scott Smith presented findings from the new study he co-authored, "A Day in the Life of Chicago's E-Scooter Pilot Program," which includes a sophisticated analysis of real-time data (made available via operator-specific API feeds) to explore how and where people are scooting. Next, Elizabeth Irvin, Transportation Director, Center for Neighborhood Technology, shared her fascinating new analysis illustrating ways that shared rides and pricing policy affect the affordability of using Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft in Chicago. She will draw upon official data provided by ridesharing providers (TNCs) to the City of Chicago. Chaddick Senior Research Advisor Chris Kopp, Transportation Practice Planning Leader, HNTB, served as discussant.
TRF-CHICAGO INSIDE LOOK AT CHICAGO UNION STATION
Members of the Transportation Research Forum were treated to an inside look at Chicago Union Station led by Len Koroski of Goettsch Partners, Inc. Koroski led the restoration work in the station's magnificent Great Hall. The group also got to hear from Erik Cempel, Amtrak's Infrastructure Planning Manager for Chicago Union Station. Over 20 were in attendance for this behind the scene tour that included stops in the Metropolitan Lounge, the Burlington Room, and the Great Hall.
MDRN SUMMER WALKING TOUR TO GLENCOE
We were pleased to have a highly successful and fascinating walking tour of the Village of Glencoe. Despite heavy rain, over 30 local professionals turned out for a timely presentation on how design cultivates the community. MDRN Founder John Hedrick delivered opening remarks before turning the floor over to the organization and Glencoe's very own Dudley Onderdonk who took attendees through the fascinating history of this North Shore community. Central to the theme of the day, longtime Plan Commissioner Caren Thomas and 20 year Village Planner, Lee Brown offered insights on the unique process Glencoe utilizes to maintain design standards that the community desires, including its broad and inclusive stakeholder engagement. Later, attendees traveled back in time with Peter Van Vechten of the Historical Society, who gave a sweeping presentation at the Village Library from Glencoe's earliest days to the present. Jon Faris, Executive Director of Writers Theatre offered a behind-the-scene tour and discussed the process of the Theatre's new LEED Gold certified Jeanne Gang-designed home.
GRADUATE STUDY TRIP TO GARY, GRADUATE STUDY TRIP TO GARY, INDIANA
Last Friday, May 10, Professors Schwieterman and Smith led a study trip to Gary, Indiana for SPS and SUD graduate students. SUD student and Chaddick Scholar, and former AmeriCorps Vista in Gary, Conner Rettig, helped arrange a visit with many of the city's department heads at the forefront of the Gary comeback story. Students also had the opportunity to hear directly from current Vistas working hard on the street front the Gary comeback story. Students also had the opportunity to hear directly from current Vistas working hard on street front improvements. The group also spent time in Miller, the bustling neighborhood challenging Chicago residents to "rethink Gary" with its shoreline dunes and burgeoning arts district. Of course, the trip would not be complete without a focus on transportation, as Joe offered en route insights aboard the famous South Shore Line, one of the country's last interurban railways.
TRANSPORTATION CAMP 2019On Saturday, May 4, the Chaddick Institute hosted Transportation Camp 2019 in the newly dedicated Chaddick Hall. The forum focused on transit and transportation topics, including a guest appearance by the Institute's director, Professor Schwieterman.
MEASURING MOBILITY BENEFITS OF NEW "SHARED MOBILITY" OPTIONS
Professors Schwieterman and Smith and 4 Chaddick scholars traveled to Washington DC to attend the Transportation Research Forum's annual conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. The special session included panels that explored the degree to which "shared mobility" modes are enhancing mobility. Remarks were given by Professor Smith, Dana Yanocha (former Chaddick Scholar), and many other transportation experts.
NEW LOOK, BIGGER SPACE, SAME MISSION!
Over the past few weeks, the Chaddick Institute moved into a brand new space at DePaul, which includes Chaddick Hall (an attractively decorated lecture room capable of seating 90), a reception area with hardwood flooring, and several offices. We now have greater visibility – and elbow room! – as we continue to serve our mission of promoting effective planning, transportation and community development. Better yet, our entire team is now situated within DePaul’s new “Urban Studies Cluster”. Check out our recent ribbon-cutting event with Mayor Emanuel, and be sure to stop in for a personal tour if you are near 14 E. Jackson, Suite 1600, our new address.
RECOGNIZING JOHN HEDRICK, JD FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF MUNICIPAL DESIGN STRATEGIES
John R. Hedrick, JD, who received a Chaddick Institute Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership of research, programming, and advocacy in the area of effective municipal design. Well deserved John! The award was bestowed at our Grand Opening celebration. Check out some of the recent publications and events for our Municipal Design Review Network, all a testimony to John’s insights and dedication. When he is not helping Chaddick, John lends his talents to improving the downtown district in Glenview, Illinois.
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR CHICAGO AVIATION
What better way to dedicate the new Chaddick Hall than to welcome two “Blue Demon” legends who are making enormous contributions to transportation. Jamie Rhee, the City of Chicago’s Commissioner of Aviation, and Rosemarie Andolino, Chairman & CEO of Manchester Airline Group USA and past aviation commissioner, recently treated a packed Chaddick Hall to an evening discussing trends in aviation. Ms. Rhee and Ms. Andolino, both DePaul alums, offered insights on O’Hare and other global airports. We are extremely grateful for the many sponsors who made this event possible, including Ricondo (Presenting Sponsor) and United Airlines and O’Hare Interface Partners (both Gold Level Sponsors).
CREATING LOCAL CHARACTER: TOOLS TO FIND AND ENHANCE COMMUNITY DESIGNChaddick's MDRN hosted its fourth collaboration with the American Planning Association-Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS) on March 14 for a session focused on discussions about community design. This session was intended to give planners ideas and tools to engage stakeholders, including residents, boards, commissioners, and policymakers, in conversations about design. Participants discussed how establishing a shared language and vision for the character of a corridor, a downtown, or a streetscape can result in community pride, political support, and a stronger end product. Speakers included Lesley Roth, AIA, AICP Associate Principal and Director of Urban Planning at Ratio Design, and Scott Freres, PLA, ASLA President and co-founder of The Lakota Group.
THE PLACE NATIVE AMERICANS CALLED CHICAGOUA
On March 7, The Chaddick Institute together with the Windy City Historians hosted a special event about the early history of the land that Native Americans called "Chicagoua" and the story of Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet as they set out to find it. Guests heard about how historian John Swenson dug into original French documents and early maps to leverage his strong understanding of indigenous cultures in order to identify a second “Chicagoua” portage and ancient Indian mound – in suburban Olympia Fields.
WALKING, BIKING AND TAKING THE BUS: STRATEGIES TO REDUCE CAR DEPENDENCE IN FOUR DOWNSTATE CITIESOn March 6, The Chaddick Institute hosted a Lunch & Learn highlighting the work of four downstate Illinois communities that are doing exemplary work promoting alternatives to private automobile travel. Guest experts shared visuals and discussed the successful strategies of Charleston and Urbana to promote bicycle travel, Rock Island to create pleasant walking environments, and Peoria's work to promote transit use. Representatives of these four communities were formally recognized for their efforts. The symposium offered highlights from "Promoting Alternatives to Private Vehicle Travel in Illinois: Five Case Studies of Excellence", published in the latest volume of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal. Check out this fascinating article!
CHADDICK PUBLISHES 2019 INTERCITY BUS REPORT
On February 5, Chaddick released New Directions: 2019 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the United States, the latest edition in the annual bus report series. Notable findings from this year's research include the expansion of e-ticketing, an increase in public-private partnerships at the state level, and the widespread roll-out of premium bus offerings on heavily traveled corridors throughout the country. Dozens tuned in for the research team's webinar on the new report, including a handful of regularly scheduled operators from across America. Be sure to check out the interactive map of premium bus services!
DEPAUL MEN'S BASKETBALL OUTINGOver a dozen SPS & SUD students joined the Chaddick team for an afternoon at DePaul's brand new Wintrust Arena in the South Loop. Students had the chance to trade notes on their ongoing research and Professor Joe gave the group a little history lesson of the facility and the process that led to the state-of-the-art new home of DePaul basketball. Plus, the Blue Demons beat Providence!
INAUGURAL URBAN PROGRAMS LUNCH & LEARNProfessor William Sampson, Professor, and chair of the Public Policy department delivered the first presentation for the newly-created Urban Programs in the soon-to-be-unveiled new Chaddick Hall (formerly the Dublin Room). Professor Sampson discussed the research findings for his in-progress forthcoming book, which will be the largest study to date on the subject of student discipline in charter and regular schools.
CHADDICK SCHOLARS SOUTHSIDE OUTINGThe Chaddick Scholars braved the cold for an outing to Bronzeville, the Hyde Park Arts Center, and capped off the day with a dinner at the South Shore Cultural Center.
IMPJ VOL. 3 WEBINAR SERIES KICKOFF
Chaddick kicked off its webinar series for the third installment of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal with a presentation entitled "Innovative Municipal Strategies to Promote Economic Development" featuring DePaul's Nick Kachiroubas and Norm Walzer & Andy Blanke of NIU. The second webinar in the series took place on February 5, with a presentation from co-authors Alice Davis and Wes LeBlanc that focused on the life, work, and home buying preferences of Millennials and the implications for Chicago's suburbs.
CHADDICK SCHOLARS CHINATOWN DINNER
Before the end of the year, the incoming class of Chaddick Scholars met with Professor Joe for a meal in Chinatown. The ten newest Scholars represent the various degree programs in the School of Public Service as well as the Sustainable Urban Development program. It was a great opportunity to learn about one another's research interests, and we're looking forward to a great year ahead!
ANNUAL CONFERENCE CO-SPONSORED WITH THE REAL ESTATE CENTEROnce again, Chaddick and the Real Estate Center of the Driehaus College of Business held their annual conference on Friday, December 7. This year's timely topic, "The Return of the Megadevelopment", featured presentations from George Kisiel of Okrent Kisiel Associates, Inc. as well as Alice Davis and Wes LeBlanc of Gensler. Alderman Brendan Reilly offered remarks on the process of development in the Chicago downtown area.
CHADDICK SCHOLARS CHINATOWN DINNERBefore the end of the year, the incoming class of Chaddick Scholars met with Professor Joe for a meal in Chinatown. The ten newest Scholars represent the various degree programs in the School of Public Service as well as the Sustainable Urban Development program. It was a great opportunity to learn about one another's research interests, and we're looking forward to a great year ahead!
TRF-CHICAGO URBAN TRANSPORTATION "LUNCH & LEARN"Chaddick and TRF-Chicago held a midday "Lunch & Learn" session that featured a two-part program. First off, Audrey Wennink of the Metropolitan Planning Council discussed the organization's new Transit Means Business study. Next, Mark Pitstick and Kevin Stanciel of RTA gave an update on the inter-agency signage improvements across CTA, Pace, and Metra.
MDRN FALL NETWORKING & IDEA SHARING EVENTChaddick's Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) held its annual fall idea-sharing and brainstorming event. More than two dozen municipal planners from around the region braved the snow to discuss a range of themes including lighting technology, small wireless facilities (SWF), and building materials.
TRF-CHICAGO MEMBERS-ONLY AFTER-WORK RECEPTIONChaddick and TRF-Chicago held a special after-work gathering with Beth McCluskey, Director of the Office of Intermodal Project Implementation at the Illinois Department of Transportation at Pazos 311 on South Wacker. Ms. McCluskey led an informal discussion that highlighted her experiences leading different state-wide transportation projects.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION OUTING
Wind and rain didn't stop nearly 20 DePaul students and School of Public Service alumni from strolling around downtown Chicago to discuss the city's investments in active transportation. SUD alum and professional transportation consultant Riley O'Neil led participants on a guided walk along Wabash, Randolph, and Dearborn streets which highlighted the transformative design, historical development, and performance of bike lanes, Divvy bikes, protected intersections, and other infrastructure that promote walking and bicycling in the Loop.
TRF WEBINAR: PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES AND PUBLIC AGENCIESOver 70 transportation experts and urban planners joined us for a webinar on Tuesday, August 28th hosted by the Transportation Research Forum. This webinar featured discussants from the Greater Dayton RTA, Pierce Transit, HNTB, the Shared Use Mobility Center, and the Chaddick Institute, each sharing insights into how cities and transit agencies are engaging in innovative partnerships with TNCs like Uber and Lyft. The presentation slides are available here.
"PARTNERS IN TRANSIT" STUDY RELEASED
Our latest study, Partners in Transit: A Review of Partnerships between Transportation Network Companies and Public Agencies in the United States, explores innovations underway a cities and transit agencies across the county to build synergy between Lyft & Uber and transit systems. Thank you to CityLab for featuring the study in their recent article, found here.
URBAN DESIGN AWARD PROGRAM: STUDENT WINNERS ANNOUNCEDCongratulations to the winners of the Chaddick Institute's inaugural Urban Design Award Program, a competition for first-year Sustainable Urban Development graduate students at DePaul University. Each student submitted a 3-D model and neighborhood maps for a vacant parcel on North Milwaukee Ave. Their work illustrates the technical skills gained by students through the Sustainable Urban Development program.
TRF-CHICAGO NETWORKING RECEPTION WITH JOE SZABO, CMAPMany thanks to Joseph Szabo, Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, for this great event. Nearly 30 TRF members - including transportation professionals and students throughout Chicago - enjoyed relaxed discussion and Q&A with Mr. Szabo, and learned about what has shaped his views on transportation issues.
CHADDICK END OF SCHOOL YEAR CELEBRATIONWe are so grateful for all of the Chaddick friends who stopped by to help us celebrate another great year at Chaddick. We were able to recognize some of the Institute's work through the 2017-2018 academic year, as well as honor some of our outstanding leaders and students. What a wonderful year!
CHADDICK ROUNDTABLE: CHICAGO BICYCLE POLICIES & TRENDS
Twenty-four active transportation professionals and advocates met to exchange ideas aimed at improving opportunities for bicycling throughout the city. The diverse group engaged in lively policy discussions concerning the city's recent dockless bike-share vendor requirements, and strategies to promote equitable mobility. Thanks especially to Divvy Program Director Amanda Woodall, CMAP Senior Planner John O'Neal, Active Transportation Alliance's Jim Merrill, and DePaul student Stijn Van der Slot for guiding the group through some difficult bicycle planning and policy terrain. Chaddick looks forward to following up on ideas shared at this roundtable at future events.
CHADDICK 2018 SPRING STUDY TRIP: AURORA, ILLINOIS
For its 16th study trip, the Chaddick Institute ventured out to the western reaches of the Chicago Metro area to visit the City of Aurora, the second-largest city in Illinois. Our group of 19 delegates was treated to a casual and highly informative guided walking tour of the downtown by City of Aurora staff, including Chief Innovation Office Adrienne M. Holloway, Downtown Development Coordinator Don Hughes, and City Planner Alex Minnela. The City's commuter rail connections, riverfront revitalization, urban residential, and adaptive reuse projects were among many highlights on the tour, which concluded with a group dinner at the City's historic and beautifully-renovated roundhouse building.
INSIGHTS ON O'HARE EXPANSION PLAN WITH CHICAGO AVIATION COMMISSIONER, GINGER EVANS
Chaddick - together with the Transportation Research Forum, Chicago Chapter - was pleased to host Chicago's Aviation Commissioner, Ginger Evans, as she shared insights about the recently-approved "O'Hare 21" capital improvement project at O'Hare International Airport. Before a sold-out audience of engineers and transportation professionals, Commissioner Evans discussed the scope of the project, as well as strategies being employed to bring it to timely completion. The presentation was followed by an active Q&A session and a networking reception sponsored by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Thank you to everyone who attended this informative event!
LUNCH LECTURE: ELECTRIC DEREGULATION AND ITS BENEFITS TO CONSUMERSOn Wednesday, April 25th, utility expert Kenneth Rose delivered an hour-long brown-bag lecture on electric deregulation to a room of students and subject-matter experts. Dr. Rose is a lecturer at DePaul University, Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University, and Research Fellow at the Chaddick Institute. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on his presentation materials.
MANAGING DOCKLESS BIKE-SHARING WEBINAR
On the heals of the Annual Transportation Research Forum in Minneapolis, the Chaddick Institute together with the TRF Chicago chapter hosted a webinar on the topic of dockless bikesharing systems which are growing in popularity. Brandon Bordenkircher and Riley O'Neil of 12 Tone Consulting discussed the allure of these systems, which is driven by their potential to overcome some of the locational, cost and equity constraints of more conventional, docked bikeshare programs such as Divvy in Chicago. Bordenkircher and O'Neil discussed their recent study, Dockless Bikes: Regulation Breakdown, which compares how ten cities throughout the country are managing some of the complications presented by free-floating bike-share programs including issues of operation and maintenance, ethical standards, fleet size, rebalancing, and parking requirements as well as public safety. Thanks to those who participated in this well-attended webinar and participated in the lively question and answer session.
THE LEGAL SCOPE OF DESIGN REVIEW
The APA-IL Chicago Metro Section and the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) held a sold out workshop on the legal foundations for design review. The event’s key speaker was land use attorney Hart Passman from Holland & Knight who summarized numerous lessons he’s learned concerning the legal foundations and limits of design review and related best practices. John R. Hedrick, a Senior Advisor at DePaul’s Chaddick Institute also discussed some of the legal foundations of the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) and emerging practices in the Chicago area. The workshop concluded with a lively question and answer period where several community representatives and staff shared their local experiences and challenges concerning design review. Thanks to all those who participated in this fun and educational event!
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH FORUM BROWN BAG
The Transportation Research Forum's Chicago Chapter held a brown bag lunch, which included five "flash presentations" and associated question and answer discussions on projects going across Chicago and beyond. Presenters included Erik Cempel, Amtrak's Infrastructure Planning Manager at Chicago Union Station, who discussed "Ongoing Enhancements at Chicago Union Station." Chris Kopp, Transportation Planning Director at HNTB, summarized recent work for the Florida Department of Transportation regarding "How Autonomous Vehicles could Change Transit: Advice to MPOs." S. Sriraj, Director of the University of Illinois, Chicago's Urban Transportation Center presented results from a national survey of public transportation agencies concerning their preparation for extreme weather events. David Phillips gave an update of some of the projects at TranSystems that are underway and Joseph Schwieterman briefly talked about planned expansions at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
THE FOURTH ANNUAL RTA PLANNING WORKSHOP
In partnership with the Regional Transit Authority, the Chaddick Institute hosted the fourth annual RTA Planning Workshop. This year's theme, Connecting Communities, brought together planning and development professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors to discuss current TOD-related trends and best practices. Speakers provided evidence of changing perceptions in the mainstream real estate community which is now responding to the growing demand for transit-accessible housing and walkable communities throughout the Chicago region. Eileen Franz (City of Elmhurst) and Bill Eager (Woodlawn Park) presented strategies for infill TOD that are transforming historic downtowns. Planners Emily Egan (Village of Brookfield) and Meagan Jones (City of Evanston) discussed TOD zoning and the right-sizing of parking requirements within TOD areas. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion focused on the benefits and challenges of this new TOD wave the Chicago area is riding.
CHADDICK YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OUTINGA group of eight graduate students involved with the Chaddick Institute had a very lively conversation with Lindsay Bayley, current Senior Planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Lindsay shared valuable career advice and discussed her work, including bicycle and planning support for communities. The meeting took place at the Willis Tower where CMAP's offices are located. This was a fitting setting to hear about her exceptional work.
WHEN TENANTS TAKE A FALL LAND USE SYMPOSIUM
The Chaddick Institute, in partnership with the DePaul Real Estate Center presentations by ChrisBrewer (Vice President AECOM Economics), Andrew Hochberg (Chief Executive Officer of Next Realty), Paul Shadle (Partner at DLA Piper) and Stephanie Phifer (Director of Sustainability and Urban Planning at the City of Aurora), who discussed how shifts in buying patterns--compounded by declining demand attributable to the sharing economy--are creating both challenges and opportunities in real estate development for investors and local municipalities alike. The sold-out event included a dynamic Q & A with expert panelists as well as opportunities for networking and discussion among attendees. Thanks to all who attended!