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Recent Chaddick Highlights

DECEMBER 2017

Scott presenting
C. Scott Smith presents his findings on Divvy
usage.
DIMENSIONS OF DIVVY: BROWN BAG ON THE PERFORMANCE OF BIKESHARING IN CHICAGO'S OUTLYING NEIGHBORHOODS AND INNER-RING SUBURBS 

C. Scott Smith, Assistant Director of the Chaddick Institute, and Post-Graduate Researcher Riley O'Neil hosted a brown bag lunch to present their research concerning Divvy, Chicago's bike share program. Before a packed room of transportation professionals and active transportation advocates, they offered a summary of Divvy stations and ridership over time, with special attention paid to the program's performance in outlying neighborhoods and inner-ring suburbs. They also reported findings from their predictive model, identifying a range of urban design, socioeconomic and accessibility factors that best explain variations in usage across neighborhoods and stations. Thanks to all those who attended this lively event!


NOVEMBER 2017

MDRN Fall 2017 Workshop Attendees.
MDRN workshop attendees discussing best practices in municipal sign codes.
MDRN MUNICIPAL BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP
Andy Cross (Senior Planner for the City of Highland Park and MDRN Advisory Committee member) helped orchestrate a lively workshop with nearly thirty municipal planners and development consultants. Attendees self-organized into small groups and shared case studies and best practices for addressing common planning and design problems, including day-to-day sign code issues, small-cell wireless facilities, green building materials, and more. Some of the codes and guidelines discussed during the workshop will be made available through the MDRN website.



MWAA Vice President and Secretary, Monica Hargrove discussing intermodal transportation with attendees of Annual Aviation Lunch.
MWAA Vice President and Secretary, Monica Hargrove discussing intermodal transportation with attendees of Annual Aviation Lunch.
ANNUAL AVIATION LUNCHEON
The Chaddick Institute in conjunction with DePaul University's College of Law, hosted its eighth Annual Aviation Luncheon. Over sixty attendees--faculty, staff and transportation practitioners--listened to this year's speaker Monica Hargrove, Vice President and Secretary of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. Ms. Hargrove drew from her vast professional experience to discuss general trends in intermodal transportation while also providing an insider's perspective of the collaborations, policies and funding underlying the Dulles Metrorail Corridor Project planning and construction. Thanks to everyone who attended!




Chaddick Director Joe Schwieterman and Laurenc Audenaerd discuss transportation with Ray Lang
Chaddick Director Joe Schwieterman and Laurence Audenaerd discuss transportation with Ray Lang (photo source: Ruth Wuorenma)
TRF CHICAGO CHAPTER HOSTS RECEPTION WITH AMTRAK'S RAY LANG
Transportation Research Forum's Chicago chapter hosted a reception with Ray Lang, Senior Director, National State Relations, Amtrak. The event included networking and a question and answer session led by the chapter's program VP Laurence Audenaerd. Attendees received updates from Mr. Lang about new and upcoming projects including progress on Chicago Union Station's redesign and service improvements along Amtrak's Wolverine line. For more information about how to join TRF's Chicago chapter and attend other upcoming Chaddick events, click here.

OCTOBER​ 2017

Riley O'Neil leads NACTO's bicycle tour group through Chicago's loop
Riley O'Neil leads NACTO's bicycle tour group down the Wells St 'Green Wave' toward Chicago's loop
CHADDICK STAFF DESIGNS "WALKSHOPS" FOR NACTO CONFERENCE
Chaddick's Riley O'Neil and Scott Smith designed a tour through Chicago’s near northwest side to highlight the challenges and opportunities that Chicago’s diagonal streets present for bicycle riders. Offered as two "walkshops" through the National Association of City Transportation Official's (NACTO) global Designing Cities conference, participants were shown various types of intersection treatments deployed along Milwaukee Avenue--one of the nation’s busiest streets for bicycling--and Clybourn Ave, a protected bike lane, named the 5th Best Bike Lane in America in 2015 by People for Bikes. Chicago DOT and Illinois DOT staff discussed how their departments worked together to implement the first protected bike lane in Illinois on a state jurisdiction roadway. Participants also rode on several of Chicago’s downtown protected bike lanes as well as the 606 elevated trail. Thanks to the 40-plus people across the globe who participated on these two rides!

Students and friends stopped along Milwaukee River during Chaddick's 13th study trip
Students and friends over Milwaukee River during Chaddick's 13th study trip
FALL STUDY TRIP TO MILWAUKEE
A group of 15 students and friends participated in Chaddick's study trip to Milwaukee. The study trip--Chaddick's 13th--focused on sustainable urban design and policy and included stops at the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office (where we talked with Sustainability Director, Erick Shambarger), the Urban Ecology Center and Growing Power, where we had a delightful conversation with founder, Will Allen. We wrapped up the day with a chilly stroll along the riverwalk to the Milwaukee Ale House located in the historic Saddlery Building in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward warehouse district. Thanks to all who attended this exceptionally fun and educational outing!

SEPTEMBER 2017

DePaul graduate students Janelle Lewis, April Janssen Mahajan and Joyce Percel stand with Jim Kumon
DePaul graduate students Janelle Lewis, April Janssen Mahajan and Joyce Percel stand with Jim Kumon of the Incremental Development Alliance
CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
Mallory Livingston led a Chaddick group to experience an "Activate" event, an after-work cultural event sponsored by the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) in an alley on Wells Street. The Activate series is made possible by funds generated through a downtown business improvement districts. That same week, Chaddick sent delegations to the Illinois Municipal League conference in Chicago and a Congress for New Urbanism, Illinois conference in Oak Park. CNU Illinois convened municipal planners, architects, engineers, developers, and advocates to explore how small-scale, locally-motivated, and incremental development can address equitable housing. Each event offered different perspectives of some of the creative ways municipal governments are working to enhance urban space and pedestrian activity to enhance the vibrancy of downtown districts.


Plan commission training athe Village of Wheaton
Plan Commission Training at the Village of Wheaton (photo source: Laurie Marston)
CHADDICK PARTICIPATES AT APA-IL ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN NAPERVILLE
Chaddick's Laurie Marston, FAICP together with four other faculty conducted a plan commission training at the American Planning Association, Illinois (APA-IL) state conference September 14 in Naperville. The training was one of three carried out by Chaddick in September (the other two being in the communities of Darien and Wheaton). Also at the state conference, MDRN Advisory Committee member and Planning & Economic Development Manager for Carol Stream, Tom Farace, led a session entitled, Designing for/with Industry: Best Practices for New Industrial Project Development. Session participants heard from three speakers: Steve Rockwell, a municipal planner who reviews industrial projects in the Village of Romeoville; Paul Heitman of Heitman Architects who has worked on innovative industrial building projects; and John Pagliari of Panattoni Development, a developer who has vast experience in industrial development. The well-attended session provided examples of how to improve the quality of industrial development from an architectural and site planning perspective.

AUGUST 2017

Interactive map of ground transportation gaps
Interactive map showing 40 of the most heavily traveled routes in the US without express coach or Amtrak service
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH FORUM-CHICAGO WEBINAR
The Transportation Research Forum-Chicago Chapter hosted a special webinar featuring a discussion of two recent studies illustrating the dynamics of creating a more balanced transportation system. First, Professor Nicholas J. Klein of Cornell University discussed "Remembrance of Cars and Buses Past: How Prior Life Experiences Influence Travel." Klein asked the questions "Does living in a neighborhood with high-quality public transit influence travel behavior later in life, even if you move. Then, Chaddick Directors C. Scott Smith and Joe Schwieterman discussed "Ground Transportation Gaps: Evaluating Recent Setbacks in Amtrak and Intercity Bus Travel during an Era of Lower Cost Fuel," a new study showing that some of the momentum in intercity bus and train traffic and service expansion has diminished since 2015, in part due to lower costs for auto and air travel. The researchers responded to several insightful questions posed by those who attended the webinar. Sincere thanks for your participation!

JULY 2017

SUMMER 2017 MDRN WORKSHOP AND WALKING TOUR IN DOWNERS GROVE
Tour attendees discussing TOD project with Stan Popovich
Director
of Community Development of Downers Grove, Stan Popovich discusses new TOD project with attendees
Municipal professionals representing over twenty Chicago area towns converged on the Village of Downers Grove for the tenth-annual MDRN summer workshop and walking tour. The event, which this year focused on leadership in sustainable urban design, was led by Director of Community Development, Stan Popovich and Director of Public Works, Nan Newlon. MDRN Advisory Committee Members Laurie Marston, Scott Mangum and Jean Spagnoli also facilitated small group discussions designed for attendees to share and contrast the Village’s green infrastructure and TOD projects with issues and efforts in their own communities. Thanks again to the 50-plus planning and design professionals who embarked on the 1.5-mile tour as well as our hosts and volunteers for crafting a terrific learning experience! We look forward to seeing everyone at our next event.

JUNE 2017

TRF-CHICAGO HOSTS RECEPTION FEATURING CDOT'S REBEKAH SCHEINFELD
TRF Members Only event with CDOT Commissioner
Transportation Research Forum members mingled with CDOT Commissioner, Rebekah Scheinfeld, and Transportation Research Forum members mingled with CDOT Commissioner, Rebekah Scheinfeld, and discussed transportation plans and advancements throughout the city at this Members Only event. Rebekah shared insights about CDOT's commitment to improving connectivity between transportation modes, as well as balancing demand across those modes. We look Transportation Research Forum members mingled with CDOT Commissioner, Rebekah Scheinfeld, and discussed transportation plans and advancements throughout the city at this Members Only event. Rebekah shared insights about CDOT's commitment to improving connectivity between transportation modes, as well as balancing demand across those modes.
We look forward to another TRF Members Only event in the fall; join TRF today​
to receive invites to events like this and many others!



BROWN BAG LUNCH ON INEQUALITY IN LIFE EXPECTANCY IN CHICAGO
Brown bag lunch presentation on inequality in life expectancy rates in Chicago
DePaul professors Dr. Euan Hague and Dr. Judith Singleton presented findings from their fascinating work exploring variances among life expectancy rates across Chicago neighborhoods, and how access to transit (or lack thereof) may play a role. View slides from the presentation here​, and stay up to date on project developments here​.

 

 
CONFLICT URBANISM

Juan Saldariagga speaking at DePaul University
Juan Saldariagga of the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University spoke at this event, hosted by Studio Chi on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. Mr. Saldariagga presented innovative visualizations for exploring and analyzing Conflict Urbanism in different contexts including the cities of Aleppo, New York and the nation of Colombia. This event was part of Studio Chi's Winter/Spring program series: Foundations of the Digital, Foundations in the Humanities: Race, Gender, Class.

May 2017

Civic Leadership Tea
A CONVERSATION ON CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
The 2016 Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development’s Civic Leadership in Chicago Award was initiated in honor of Camille Chaddick Hatzenbuehler, the daughter of Harry Chaddick who was influential in establishing the Chaddick Institute two decades ago. In contrast to last year’s formal event and awards, the 2017 event was a smaller-scale, intimate conversation between DePaul University graduate students and some of Chicago's finest civic leaders over tea. We would like to thank Susan Aaron for all of her help in putting this event together!


 


 

STUDY TRIP TO GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN'S FASTEST GROWING CITY
Study trip group in front of Downtown Market Grand Rapids
Fifteen graduate students, faculty, and professionals traveled to Grand Rapids to learn about "America's Greenest City". The group met with representatives from Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., and Grand Rapids Mobile GR and Parking Services, ending the day with a tour of the Silver Line BRT system and visit to one of Fifteen graduate students, faculty, and professionals traveled to Grand Rapids to learn about "America's Greenest City". The group met with representatives from Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., and Grand Rapids Mobile GR and Parking Services, ending the day with a tour of the Silver Line BRT system and visit to one of the country's first LEED gold-certified downtown markets. We raised a glass to our Chaddick Scholars and graduating students at the famed Founders Brewery before heading back to Chicago.

April 2017

THIRD MUNICIPAL POLICY WEBINAR FOCUSES ON DOING MORE WITH LESS 

IL map
More than 30 municipal representatives attended this webinar, which highlighted the cost-savings and efficiencies brought about by sharing services. Brian Costin, of the Lt. Governor's Office, framed the discussion by sharing results from the Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates​. NIU Center for Governmental Studies scholars Norm Walzer and Cory Plasch offered examples of shared service agreements in Illinois and some of the challenges and opportunities that have arisen. Finally, we heard from St. Charles, IL Fire Chief, Joe Schelstreet, about Tri-City Ambulance, a shared service success story between the cities of St. Charles, Batavia, and Geneva. Read Norm and Cory's article, published in the 2016 issue of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, here.  Click here​ for webinar slides.


 




TRF-CHICAGO CHAPTER WELCOMES ANNUAL TRF CONFERENCE TO CHICAGO
Skinner at TRF Awards Lunch
The 58th Annual TRF Forum, held this year at UIC,  brought together more than 150 transportation professionals and students to discuss innovative research and emerging trends in the field. Topics such as developing synergies between passenger and freight rail, Forum, held this year at UIC,  brought together more than 150 transportation professionals and students to discuss innovative research and emerging trends in the field. Topics such as developing synergies between passenger and freight rail, and flex street designs in the Fulton Market neighborhood sparked new ideas about mobility and the role it plays in our lives. During the conference's Awards Lunch, former US Transportation Secretary, Samuel Skinner, encouraged the next generation of transportation researchers to work collaboratively on these exciting concepts.
View photos from the event here.



CHADDICK SCHOLARS VISIT SOUTH SIDE NEIGHBORHOODS ON ANNUAL OUTING
Students view a household rain garden in Chatham
On a sunny Saturday, Chaddick Scholars and staff traveled - by way of the Metra Electric - to Chicago's South Side to experience several efforts aimed at improving liveability and community identity. Following a walking tour through Jackson Park which highlighted the location of the Obama Library, the group met with Burrell Poe from the Center for Neighborhood Technology to learn about green infrastructure initiatives in Chatham - including stormwater management ponds and household rain gardens - as part of CNT's RainReady program. Students then traveled to Stony Island to tour the Stony Island Arts Bank, an exhibition and community gathering space located in the iconic Stony Island Trust & Savings Building.

March 2017

TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS IN THE DELIVERY OF PUBLIC TRANSIT: CASE STUDIES FROM THE US AND ABROAD 
PRESENTING

As part of TRF-Chicago's brown bag lunch series, Mark Walbrun, PE and Vice President & Practice Leader for Rail and Transit at civil engineering firm Mott MacDonald, shared innovative approaches for making public transit more efficient and less intrusive to neighborhoods. Before a packed room of regional transportation professionals, Mark highlighted new electrification (e.g., catenary-free, inductive charging) and energy storage technologies (e.g, flywheels) that are making transit systems around the world safer, more efficient and aesthetically pleasing.​


 





RTA PLANNING WORKSHOP: MAKING AN IMPACT
 

Joe Presenting

In partnership with the Chaddick Institute, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) held a half-day workshop concerning transit-oriented planning in the Chicago region. This year’s theme, Making an Impact, focused on plan implementation and featured insights from planning professionals and developers about how to initiate, promote and carry through innovative mixed-use development near transit stations. Specific topics--with links to presentation slides--included: (1) Strengthening the Public Transportation - Land Use Connections (Chaddick Institute); (2) RTA Local Planning and Programs (RTA); (3) Piecing Together the Placemaking Puzzle (Village of Mundelein); (4) Big Plans in a Small City (City of Highwood); (5) Leveraging Transit Assets for Community Development (City of Aurora); (6) Metra Collaboration on Station-Area Improvements (Metra); (7) Welcome to Orland's Downtown: Our TOD experience (Village of Orland Park); and (8) Developing Partnerships: Current TOD Market Trends (panel discussion). Thanks to all who participated!

 






DESIGN THAT DRAWS: ATTRACTING NEW DEMOGRAPHICS TO THE SUBURBS 

design that draws

This joint program between the APA Chicago Metro Section (CMS), the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN), AIA-Chicago and CNU-IL considered how urban design is helping suburbs attract young professionals and families who are seeking urban-like social and cultural amenities outside Chicago's core. Presentations by Emi Adachi (Heitman, Do Millennials Hate the Suburbs: The Demographic Perspective), Ferhat Zerin (Ginko Planning & Design) and Eileen Franz (Village of Elmhurst, Design that Draws: The Elmhurst Experience ) discussed the demands of a younger demographic, while drawing upon case studies and current research on demographic change.


February 2017

Adam Thierer presents at the 2017 Annual Conference
CITIES & THE SHARING ECONOMY: OUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE WITH THE DEPAUL REAL ESTATE CENTER
More than 100 planning and real estate professionals gathered at this year’s Annual Conference, held jointly with the DePaul Real Estate Center, to hear from an expert panel about trends and innovations in the sharing economy and its impacts on real estate development. Adam Thierer of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University served as keynote for the conference, highlighting the complexities and potential effects of regulating innovative technologies and companies like Airbnb and Uber. Adam also led a conversation on similar topics for a group of two dozen students prior to the panel discussion.


 

 

 

 

 
WEBINAR FROM CHADDICK'S MUNICIPAL POLICY SERIES
Slide from municipal metrics webinar
Nearly 30 municipal leaders attended Chaddick's latest webinar, which presented a short-term economic outlook for Illinois municipalities. Our speaker, Chris Brewer, Vice President of Economics and Planning at AECOM, discussed his recent research on trends in community-specific hiring, retail sales, and tax receipts after the Great Recession. Chaddick Director Joe Schwieterman and Assistant Director Scott Smith also offered strategic insights for municipal leaders operating within Illinois' complicated and dynamic economic environment. Chris' article, published in the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, can be downloaded from the Illinois Municipal League website. Webinar slides can be accessed here.



January 2017

INTERCITY BUS STUDY RELEASE & TOUR OF NYC BUS HIGHLIGHTS 
Intercity bus presentation

The Chaddick Institute released its annual bus study to a full room at NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation in midtown Manhattan. Study authors Joe Schwieterman and Brian Antolin discussed trends and potential disruptive forces for intercity bus travel, followed by timely remarks by representatives from Greyhound, Boltbus, and Megabus.  Following the event, two dozen attendees toured the Port Authority Bus Terminal and curbside pickup location for Megabus. We are grateful to the Transportation Research Forum-New York Chapter and the Rudin Center for hosting our seminar and engaging our graduate student delegation from Chicago. 
 

2016 Highlights

December 2016

CHADDICK INSTITUTE HOLIDAY RECEPTION
Holiday Party

A group of around 40 guests joined the Chaddick team to celebrate another successful year of research, programming, and professional and student engagement. Many thanks to all of our friends, colleagues, students and Chaddick Scholars for your involvement in 2016!


"POLICIES FOR PEDALING" WEBINAR ON BIKE POLICIES AROUND THE US​
Data collector on bike

With bicycle travel rapidly on the rise, many municipalities feel a pressing need to reexamine their policies governing this environmentally friendly mode of travel. Many cities including Washington, DC, Portland, San Francisco, and Chicago have seen a more than 300% increase in bike commuting over the past 25 years. This TRF webinar - attended by more than 30 transportation professionals - offered discussion on the rise and regulation of e-bikes, several state ballot measures for bike infrastructure funding, and how municipalities and states can modernize their policies to facilitate this mode of travel.  Additional topics posed in the Policies for Pedaling study were also examined.


November 2016

THINKING ABOUT SECURITY PLANNING IN AIRPORTS & TRANSPORTATION HUBS
Katherine Schweit at IALI Lunch Lecture
An impressive audience of more than 60, including representatives from major airlines, attended our sixth annual Aviation Luncheon with the DePaul International Aviation Law Institute.  The luncheon featured Katherine Schweit, who leads the Active Shooter Initiative at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Ms. Schweit, a graduate of DePaul's Law School, discussed the importance of building design and contingency planning to increase security against mass-casualty, active shooter incidents.  We would like to thank Stephen Rudolph and the rest of the IALI team for helping arrange this luncheon, and we look forward to next year. 

October 2016

DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR SENIOR HOUSING
MDRN Senior Living Event Photo
A spirited discussion about effective planning and design for senior housing in suburban downtowns unfolded at our Municipal Design Review Network's autumn program. This program, Design for Senior Living, included discussion about flexible designs that allow buildings to be modified as market conditions--and the needs of residents--change. It also addressed many of the misconceptions we have about who lives in senior housing, and the many forms that senior housing can take. We thank Brad Winnick, Mark Muenzer, Steve Montgomery and David Shaw for being panelists and John Hedrick for help organizing this session. More than thirty attended this morning panel discussion.  

STUDENTS & FACULTY HEAD TO MADISON FOR 15th BIANNUAL STUDY TRIP!
State Street, Madison, Wisconsin
Our delegation took part in a fast-paced day of meetings and visits in the Wisconsin capital, complete with a tour of the Discovery Building - a stunning community gathering and medical research space - and meeting a Madison city planner to discuss streetscape improvements along renowned State Street.  We also learned about Sustain Dane’s MPower program, followed by visits to several businesses that are taking strides to make their operations more sustainable as part of this program. Many thanks to everyone who took time to meet with us on such a beautiful fall Friday!


August 2016

NEW UNION STATION EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS CHICAGO'S RAILS AND REELS
DePaul Chaddick exhibit 
Our new exhibit "Windy City in Motion: Movies + Travel in Chicago" is now open at Chicago Union Station.  This all-new 10 panel display, created in partnership with the Digital Chicago Program at Lake Forest College, offers insights into the remarkable legacy of Chicago in major motion pictures with a travel-related theme.  Learn more about the exhibit, or read a review from the Chicago Tribune.  We would like to extend thanks to Amtrak for making the exhibit space available in Union Station's historic Great Hall, and to Rachael Smith, exhibit curator, for bringing this to completion. 

 July 2016

NEW STUDY ON CARSHARING FEATURED IN WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Chaddick Institute's newly released study on the rising retail taxes facing the "carsharing" sector, which includes such companies as Car2Go, Maven, and ZipCar, is featured in the print edition of the Wall Street Journal - a "first" for one of our publications.  Several other business publications, including Forbes.com, also covered the study's findings. We thank our entire research team for contributing to this important research, which shows how retail taxes can often add more than 25% to the cost of a carshare trip.

SUMMER DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR IN GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS
DePaul Chaddick Walking Tour Group 
More than 30 gathered for our mobile workshop and tour of the Village of Glenview conducted in cooperation with Glenview's planning staff. Attendees were treated to expert perspectives on new downtown residential construction, streetscape improvements, natural preservation efforts, and the development of a new brewery in the heart of the Village. This walking tour, held in a different Chicagoland municipality annually, is one of our most anticipated Municipal Design and Review Network (MDRN) events of the year.

June 2016

CTA VS. UBERPOOL STUDY RECEIVES NATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE
A new Chaddick Institute study exploring increasingly popular UberPOOL carpooling services available in our city attracted front page coverage in the Chicago Tribune! Our research team collected extensive data on this new service by taking 100 trips, equally divided between CTA and UberPOOL, to determine factors affecting the potential shift from public transit to new carpooling services. This study also attracted attention from several other national media outlets. 


"AUTHENTIC CONVERSATION" WITH THE HONORABLE RAY LAHOOD
Over 30 students and alums attended a special feature of the Chaddick/SPS Authentic Conversation lecture series with a focus on bipartisanship.  The Honorable Ray LaHood, who represented Illinois' 18th Congressional district for seven terms from 1995-2009 before serving as President Obama's first Secretary of Transportation from 2009-2013, was the featured guest. DePaul Professor Nick Kachiroubas provided introductory remarks.

STRENGTHENING COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE TO THE SOUTH
A full house of 70 participants took part in our special event with the Sandhouse Rail Group of Northwestern University featuring Mike Noland, general manager of the South Shore Line, and Don Orseno, executive director of Metra, who discussed major improvements planned for their respective rail lines extending south and east from our city. Their commentary included timely information about the proposed West Lake transit line to Munster, Indiana, and efforts to strengthen the Metra Electric District route. 

May 2016

NETWORKING LUNCH ON TRANSPORTATION
The Transportation Research Forum-Chicago Chapter hosted its first-ever "networking lunch". Held at the Exchequer Pub, this event attracted sixteen professionals and students, including many of our Chaddick Scholars. The event provided an opportunity to exchange ideas about timely issues affecting the region's transportation system.

BIG DAY IN MILWAUKEE!
DePaul Chaddick Milwaukee group shot 
Twenty three students, friends, and alums traveled to Milwaukee for our 14th Chaddick Institute Study Trip, which included a private tour of lakefront improvements, the 3rd Ward historic area, and the revitalization of the former Pabst Brewery. We were blessed with sunshine and strong cooperation from the  City of Milwaukee's planning department. Special thanks to Professor Ron Fernandes for taking part in our return visit to this thriving neighbor city to the north.

RECOGNIZING STUDENTS FOR THEIR SERVICE
The Chaddick Institute held a special reception to honor three School of Public Service students who received a scholarship in honor of the late Camille Hatzenbuehler. Our special guest, Ellen O'Connor, offered poignant remarks on the importance of service and helped recognize our winners, Aggie Korzeniowski, Keely O’Sullivan, and Antionette Taylor-Thomas. Each were nominated by SPS faculty members. Congratulations Aggie, Keely and Antionette! We thank Susan Aaron for helping to organize this event.

April 2016

CHICAGO URBAN DEVELOPMENT TOUR
The Chaddick Institute team will led a Saturday outing via chartered bus for graduate students in Sustainable Urban Development class that included a tour of "The Plant," a once-abandoned 94,000-square foot building in Chicago's famed Union Stockyards that has been transformed into an aquaponics farm and living model for closed-waste and energy reduction.  Additional stops included "The 606" trail and Wicker Park neighborhood.  These activities, arranged by Marisa Schulz, our Associate Director, are part of our ongoing collaboration with the Geography Department and Steans Center for Community Based Service Learning to provide opportunities for those enrolled in this highly successful graduate program, now in its third year. 

March 2016

HELPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES FIND THEIR "BRAND"
Over seventy-five professionals gathered on campus for a special seminar entitled, "Branding Beyond the Logo," co-hosted by the Chaddick Institute's Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) and the Chicago Metro Section of the American Planning Association.  We thank presenters and panelists Bridget Lane (Director, Business Districts, Inc.), Jodi Mariano (Principal Urban Designer, Teska Associates), and Karie Frilling (Development Services Director, Village of Orland Park) for their expertise and insights, as well as Andy Cross, Planner, City of Highland Park, for moderating the panel at this half-day event.

February 2016

TAKING INVENTORY OF AMERICA'S HIGH SPEED RAIL INITIATIVES
The Chaddick Institute provided technical assistance to the Transportation Research Forum's High Speed Ground and Public Transport Chapter to host its 3rd TRF webinar, focusing on the state of America's high speed rail projects.  The event attracted over 45 professionals from across the United States and Canada.  Our speaker, Professor Anthony Perl of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, outlined some of the vexing issues facing federal policymaking and appropriation that have prevented efforts to bring high-profile projects to completion.

PLANNING ISSUES IN THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The Chaddick Institute and DePaul University's School of Public Service Leadership and Policy Studies (LPS) Program organized its first "Global Cafe," an event exploring the plight of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Europe.  Our speaker, Sriraj Asfahani, a graduate student in the Sustainable Urban Development program, outlined his experience living among and working with refugees in his native Lebanon.  Nearly 50 people attended the event.

January 2016

YEAR-IN-REVIEW 0F INTERCITY BUS STUDY
Please visit our Research and Publications page for information on our latest study, Remaking of the Motor Coach: 2015 Year in Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States, our 8th annual review of this industry. 

2015 Highlights

December 2015

WHEN TRAILS ARE TRANSFORMATIVE

An audience of 80 attended our annual conference co-sponsored with the DePaul Real Estate Center, "When Trails Are Transformative:  How Linear Parks and Greenways can Improve Communities and Promote Real Estate Development," which showcased excellence in the creation of comprehensive linear parks to promote urban mobility and community-building.  The keynote speech was delivered by Paul Morris, CEO of the Atlanta Beltline, while Jamie Simone of the Trust for Public Land and "The 606" in Chicago; Steve Butchel, Executive Director of Trails for Illinois; and Rebecca Leonard, President of Design Workshops and the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, also offered stimulating presentations and participated in an active Q&A session.


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHADDICK MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD WINNERS: LANSING AND VILLA PARK

We extend our congratulations to the Villages of Lansing and Villa Park, winners of the 2015 Chaddick Municipal Development Awards, for their excellence in planning, designing, and implementing recreational trails.  Click here for our award announcement with photos.  For local news coverage of Lansing's award, click here.


November 2015

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL REPORT RECEIVES NATIONAL ATTENTION

 The Chaddick Institute's annual report on projected intercity bus travel over than Thanksgiving holiday was released and has received attention from national media outlets including the Associated Press and Washington Post.  We thank our entire data team, including Marisa Schulz, Matt Michel, and Heather Spray for their assistance with this report.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS AT CMAP

Former Chaddick Institute Program Manager Douglas Ferguson, now a senior transportation analyst at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, returned to campus to discuss methods the agency uses to evaluate transportation projects.  This event, sponsored by the Transportation Research Forum Chicago Chapter, attracted more than 40 attendees, including representatives from major transit providers and local municipalities.

5TH ANNUAL IALI/CHADDICK LUNCH LECTURE

We were proud to welcome Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International-World, as the keynote speaker to our annual event, cohosted with DePaul's International Aviation Law Institute.  Ms. Gittens delivered timely remarks to 85 in attendance about the future of airports and air traffic.  A full recap is available courtesy of the IALI. This month also brought considerable attention to our Terminal Town festival, with presentations at the Chicago History Museum and the Sulzer Public Library.


October 2015

AMTRAK ON THE MOVE!
More than 125 guests gathered at DePaul University for an event cohosted by the Chaddick Institute and Northwestern University's "Sandhouse Gang," featuring Amtrak President Joseph Boardman, who unveiled a new capital plan for the Midwest region. The audience was treated to a visual simulation showing train movements before and after the proposed projects are completed. Click here for event coverage in the Chicago Tribune.


DENSITY BY DESIGN
This year's joint event of the Chaddick Institute's Municipal Design Review Network and Congress for New Urbanism-Illinois Chapter featured guest speaker Joe Minicozzi, the nationally recognized principal of Urban3, for a visually compelling presentation supporting the financial case for municipal density. After his presentation, attendees participated in a charrette focusing on three suburban downtown areas from around the region, providing design ideas to accommodate infill on these sites.


September 2015

​TRAVELING WITH TECHNOLOGY

The Chaddick Institute study, "The Digitally Connected Commuter," focusing on the rising use of personal electronic devices on transit, was featured on mobilitylab.com.  Our work was also showcased during a national Transportation Research Forum webinar earlier this month.  Click here to download a copy of this study.

LEADERSHIP IN MCHENRY COUNTY
Our second annual graduate student outing on effective municipal leadership and community improvement techniques was a sell out!  Our delegation of 15 graduate students spent the day with municipal officials in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at an innovative municipality that has seen considerable growth in recent years. We thank Professor Nick Kachiroubas for leading this delegation.


August 2015

CHADDICK RESEARCH FEATURED IN WALL STREET JOURNAL OP-ED

Our research on intercity bus travel was featured in a Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Director Joe Schwieterman.  The op-ed, entitled "Airline Investigation Misses the Bus," describes how intercity bus service is changing the competitive dynamics of travel in the busy Northeast Corridor, which links Boston to Washington, DC.  Several members of the Chaddick team, including Marisa Schulz and Matt Michel, assisted in its preparation.  Click here to read the full op-ed.


LEADERSHIP CHADDICK FRIENDS AND FAMILY REMEMBER DR. H. WOODS BOWMAN
Friends of the Chaddick Institute reflect on the remarkable legacy of the late H. Woods Bowman, a professor at the School of Public Service, who tragically passed away in July.  We fondly remember Professor Bowman for his kindness and involvement in the Institute through his presentations and appearances at our conferences and events.  We were honored to have had an opportunity to work alongside Professor Woods, and we will all miss him greatly.  Click here for a reflection on his service.


July 2015

ANNUAL TECHNOLOGY STUDY RECEIVES NATIONAL ATTENTION 
The Chaddick Institute's latest study, "The Digitally Connected Commuter:  Tracking the Rising Use of Personal Electronic Devices on Chicago's Commuter Trains," attracted national attention.  A number of media outlets covered the study, including Chicago Public Radio, Metro Magazine, Nextcity.com, and the Chicago Tribune.  The study illustrates how the rising dependence on personal devices is enhancing the demand for transit.  

"TERMINAL TOWN" EXHIBIT CELEBRATES ONE YEAR, EXTENDED STAY AT UNION STATION 
Our Institute celebrates the extension of our traveling exhibit, a major part of our festival of events, "Terminal Town:  Celebrating 75 Years of Travel to the Windy City," at Chicago Union Station through the autumn.  We are grateful to Amtrak for providing space for the exhibit and for the support of festival sponsors BNSF, CN, and CSX Corporation.  The exhibit is on display in the Great Hall Breezeway, next to the iconic "To All Trains" sign.  Visit our special Terminal Town website for details


June 2015

RETROSPECTIVE ON REMARKABLE ACADEMIC YEAR
The Chaddick Institute celebrated the end of a busy year with a look back at our recent programs, study trips, and Terminal Town festival.  To date, more than 600 people have completed our "Terminal Tests" after viewing our special exhibit, which remains on display at Chicago Union Station.  The event also included special recognition of Chaddick Scholars in attendance who are graduating, including Gary Scott, Joe Cunanan, and Pasquale Didiana.


SHOWCASING "SITE PLANS"
Twenty-two students from DePaul's Sustainable Urban Development Master's Degree program took part in the inaugural "Architectural Pin-Up," featuring the technical site plans prepared by students using Illustrator and Sketchup software.  This event, part of the graduate class SUD 404, featured expert reviewers from planning firms and local governments.  Associate Director Marisa Schulz helped organize the event.


May 2015

MEMORIAL DAY INTERCITY BUS TRAVEL FORECAST RELEASED
The Chaddick Institute released its first holiday travel forecast for Intercity Bus Travel, which offers a projection for passenger travel over the Memorial Day holiday on scheduled intercity bus lines.  We thank our colleagues at Wanderu.com for providing data instrumental to making this forecast.  Click here for the full report.


CHADDICK'S TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CHICAGO
On Saturday, May 16, Chaddick staff and volunteers spent the day with middle school students from Leif Ericson School in the city's Garfield Park neighborhood.  The group toured Millennium Station, Millennium Park, and the new Maggie Daley Park before returning to Chaddick for lunch and an urban planning design contest in which the students presented their ideas for uses of a vacant lot near their school.  Their designs had to incorporate elements for housing, green space, and something beneficial to their community.  The students had a great day and everyone enjoyed their time out in the sun!


WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE TERMINAL TOWN SITE PLAN COMPETITION
This competition was open to students in DePaul University and focused on creative reuses of the former Grand Central Station site at Harrison and Polk Streets in Chicago.  We received a number of entries from students around the university and selected the site plan of Haley Cannon and Benton Dosky, students in the Sustainable Urban Development program as the winning entry.  Their plan includes a New Urbanist inspired community with mixed development, a network of new streets and alleys, affordable housing, and preservation of the large amount of green space people in the area have grown accustomed to.  Congratulations to both Haley and Benton!  Click here to see their plan.


April 2015

ALTERNATIVE PROJECT DELIVERY
A "star-studded" panel spends a half-day at the DePaul campus for a joint Chaddick/American Planning Association conference exploring trends in Alternative Project Delivery, which includes strategies to cultivate Private-Public-Partnerships (PPPs). This session attracted almost 70 paid registrants. We would like to extend a special thanks to Phil Hanegraff of RS&H for helping organize this fascinating event. 


TERMINAL TOWN EXHIBIT AT LAKE FOREST COLLEGE
Our exhibit, Terminal Town: Celebrating 75 Years of Travel to the Windy City, finishes a four-month stay at Chicago Union Station, during which time 300 people complete our "Terminal Test" to become eligible for prizes. The exhibit is moved to Lake Forest College for the annual Center for Railroad Photography & Art conference and to showcase to others on the North Shore region.  For details, visit www.terminaltown.org


March 2015

STREAMLINING BOARDS & COMMISSIONS EVENT
An audience of 60 takes part in our Annual Municipal Design Review Network/American Planning Association Forum on streamlining municipal boards and commissions. An expert panel focuses on this timely issue, which affects many communities needing to staff and coordinate with numerous commissions– some of which have overlapping functions. This event is held at the DePaul O'Hare campus. 


FHA RESEARCH
The Chaddick Institute conducts analysis for the Federal Highway Administration, estimating the number of passengers who travel by intercity bus annually in the United States. This research draws upon a data set of operations on more than 100 bus lines and seeks to fill a gap in understanding how Americans travel between cities.


​February 2015

CSPAN ON CAMPUS
A CSPAN crew capture Professor Joe Schwieterman delivering a lecture to his DePaul University Metropolitan Planning class about his book, "When the Railroad Leaves Town" (Truman State University Press, 2004), which explores the evolution of transportation in American cities.  The segment will air during the spring before a national audience.  Sixteen graduate students engage in questions and answers during the class.


"TERMINAL TOWN" FESTIVAL MILESTONES
Our festival of events, "Terminal Town: Celebrating 75 Years of Travel to the Windy City," gathers momentum.  Our traveling exhibit, featuring great terminals of the past and present, is now slated to stay at Chicago Union Station through early April 2015.  More than 250 people have now completed our "Terminal Test" after viewing the exhibit and become eligible for some special prizes.  Please visit our special festival website for details.


January 2015

RELEASE OF 2014 INTERCITY BUS STUDY AT THE AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION MARKETPLACE
The Chaddick Institute released its 2014 Year in Review of the Intercity Bus Industry—it's sixth annual summary—at the American Bus Association Marketplace in St. Louis. This year's research shows that motor coach carriers moved aggressively to enhance amenities and premium service over the course of the year in a bid to attract business travelers. Prominent news outlets, including USA Today, Reuters, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, featured the study. Download here.​  

2014 Highlights

​​​​December 2014

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.

​​​​​November 2014

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!

​​September 2014

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.

​​​August 2014

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.

​​July 2014

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.  

​​June 2014

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. 

​​May 2014

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!

​​April 2014

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!

​​March 2014

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! 

​​February 2014 

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. ​

​​January 2014 

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.​