SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF GREYHOUND CLOSING
One-hundred people gathered at the Chicago Cultural Center for...are you ready for this?...an event commemorating a bygone bus station! But this was a special occasion indeed, marking the 25th anniversary of the closing of the fabled Chicago Greyhound Station. This massive edifice at Clark & Randolph Streets, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, was for many years the world's largest independently operated bus station. The event featured a presentation by Patrick Steffes, editor of Forgotten Chicago, and a symbolic cake cutting and raffle to mark the occasion.
TERMINAL TOWN CELEBRATORY BANQUET
The Chaddick Institute's much anticipated Terminal Town Celebratory Banquet attracted 260 people and included a special recognition of our municipal award winners, the Village of Orland Park and the Village of Skokie, as well as railroad expert Norman Carlson. Participants enjoyed classic film clips of Chicago terminals, a look at our traveling exhibit, and reflections of the 6-month festival. To learn more about the festival click here!
CHADDICK INSTITUTE AUTUMN STUDY TRIP
Our autumn study trip, attended by 25 students, faculty and friends, offered a whirlwind tour via minibus to notable urban development sites on the South Side, including areas of Hyde Park, Little Village and Jackson Park. Attendees also made a stop at Midway Airport for a commemorative event marking the 35th anniversary of the airport's renaissance, which began with the startup of Midway Airlines service in 1979. The airport stop included a conversation with Howard Putnam, former Southwest Airlines CEO. Thanks to everyone that participated in the trip!
CNU-IL/SNU-IL POP-UP URBAN DESIGN STUDIO, CO-HOSTED BY THE CHADDICK INSTITUTE
The Chaddick Institute welcomed CNU/SNU-IL for an urban design studio looking at a vacant parcel in the south suburban Chicago neighborhood of Blue Island, IL. This well attended event included student representatives from UIC, DePaul, and Judson as groups were formed to develop site plans for development of an abandoned canning facility, one of the largest of its kind worldwide!
TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR: BUILDING MODERN STREETCAR SYSTEMS: IS THE GOAL TO PROMOTE "LIVABILITY" OR IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION?
The Chaddick Institute and SPS welcomed back alum Lauren Fischer to present her dissertation research on recent streetcar projects in urban centers. She gave a broad overview of the evaluation techniques utilized for these projects and theorized how federal policies have influenced local agendas. Primarily looking at funding streams and how they have influenced the implementation process and success of such projects.
MIDWEST HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON
The Chaddick Institute welcomed Maria Choca Urban and a crowd of 40 to the School of Public Service for this timely and insightful luncheon presentation. Ms. Urban (Cook County) discussed the new transportation plan being developed by Cook County and its impacts for the region.
MUNICIPAL DESIGN REVIEW NETWORK: WILMETTE MOBILE TECHNICAL TOUR
The Municipal Design Review Network hosted another highly successful walking tour, looking at development in Wilmette's downtown area. Stops on this tour included: the historically significant Wilmette Theater, and the rehabbed Depot Nuevo.
SYMPOSIUM ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHICAGO'S 2004 ZONING ORDINANCE
The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter, the Chaddick Institute, and the Real Estate Center at DePaul welcomed a distinguished panel to recap on the tenth anniversary of the Chicago Zoning Ordinance- the first comprehensive rewrite since 1957. The program offered a brief overview of the impacts of the rewrite over the last ten years, presented by Joe Schwieterman and graduate student William Stefaniuk, followed by an engaging panel of those who both shaped the ordinance and work under it.
END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION
Our end of the year celebration attracted numerous graduate students, planning professionals and friends of Chaddick. We gave a brief recap on the busy year we had at Chaddick, honored Chaddick Scholars present and past, and gave updates on our Tech in Transit study. Additionally, we announced the site of MDRN's 2014 Summer Walking Tour as Wilmette, IL.
CNU-IL/CHADDICK 2014 SPRING SPEAKER EVENT: AFFORDABLE URBANISM
CNU-Illinois and Chaddick co-hosted this event looking at affordable urbanist developments in Chicago and other major U.S. cities. Guest speakers included Ben Carlson, Director of Urban Design for Goody Clancy, and Jeff Bone, Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects. Clancy discussed strategies used in Baltimore and Buffalo, and Baker described Chicagos Harvest Commons Apartments, which has won several prestigious awards.
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT: CRITICAL ISSUES, INNOVATIVE IDEAS
This inaugural SUD panel event, detailing barriers to sustainable development in the Chicago Metropolitan Region, was attended by students, alumni and faculty, across many disciplines. Our distinguished panel included Mark Bouman (The Field Museum), Peggy Salazar (Southeast Environmental Task Force), and Carmen Maso (EPA Region V). Thank you to the panel and to all that attended!
MILWAUKEE STUDY TRIP
The Chaddick Institute "hit the road" with 20 graduate students for our bi-annual study trip--a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our delegation included students in the School of Public Service and the Sustainable Urban Development degree programs. The program offered an intensive look at downtown redevelopment, the Milwaukee County Transit Center, and a Business Improvement District, serving the downtown area. Thank you to all who attended and to our highly knowledgeable speakers! Watch out for our 10th annual study trip coming in the fall!
WTS/IEPA NEPA WORKSHIP
The Chaddick Institute welcomed back the Women in Transportation Seminar and the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals as they held a professional development workshop on the National Environmental Policy Act and its applications. This highly informative event, attended by 50 transportation and engineering professionals, concluded with a networking hour in the School of Public Service.
GLOBAL CAFE: NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT: LESSONS FROM SOUTH AMERICA
For the final global caf event of the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Joe Schwieterman and Dr. Marco Tavanti were part of a panel with architect and designer, Carmen Vidal-Hallett, looking at urban design best practices within South America. With over 40 students in attendance, we were at near capacity for this engaging discussion on neighborhood development. Thank you to all the panelists!
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: SCREENING OF THE HUMAN SCALE
For this YP, Chaddick joined with the APA-IL Young Planners Group to screen the timely urban planning documentary: The Human Scale, by Andrea M. Dalsgaard. The movie features renowned Danish architect, Jan Gehl, and discusses how we can plan for an ever-increasing urban population by making cities more attractive and accommodating. This 'at-capacity' event brought together planners and students from across the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY: ACCESS TO TRANSIT
Chaddick welcomed the RTA for this this near sold-out interactive workshop on the positive impacts that access to transit has for communities. Featuring professionals from RTA, Metra and Pace, the private sector, Skokie, and La Grange, this event looked at local success stories of access oriented infrastructure improvements to the regions transit system. Thank you to all the particpants and presenters at this highly informative morning event!
THE O'HARE MODERNIZATION AND CHICAGO AIRSPACE PROJECT
Chaddick welcomed Christina Drouet and Tony Molinaro of the FAA to discuss the $7 billion O'Hare Modernization Plan, including the shift in runway configurations and computer modeling used to forecast noise patterns for the region. Thank you to Christina and Tony for your detailed presentation on the project and its impacts for the region!
GAINING INSIGHT INTO GLMRIS
Prof. Schwieterman presented, "Gaining Insight into GLMRIS: An Investigation of the Benefits & Costs of the Alternatives in the Great Lakes & Mississippi River Interbasin Study" before a crowd of media and students/alums. This research, sponsored by the IL Chamber of Commerce, looked at the various alternatives for stopping the invasive species of the region, including the notorious asian carp. To view the full report, click here.
A LOOK AT SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AT THE CHICAGO CENTER FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGY
SPS Alum and Chaddick Scholar Wilmar Molina, led a group of 15 graduate students for a behind-the-scenes look at green initiatives in Chicago. Touring the Chicago Center for Green Technology, students were able to assess the benefits of green technology and their impacts for economic development in the region.
SHARING OUR OUR RESEARCH
Prof. Schwieterman and Chaddick Scholar Alyssa Battaglia, traveled to the Transportation Research Boards annual conference in Washington, DC., to present "The Digitally Connected Traveler: Measuring the Growing Use of Electronic Devices on Intercity Buses, Planes, & Trains. 2010 2013," before an audiece of more than 150. A group of seven traveled to the American Bus Assocation's Marketplace in Nashville to unveil our 2013 "Year in Review" of the intercity bus industry. Our report received attention in Bloomberg News, Metro Magazine, the Seattle Times, and other outlets. Please visit Research and Publications to view our published report, showing a strong rise in Discount bus service and $1.1 billion in annual savings for riders.