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Upcoming Events

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For highlights and photos of recent Chaddick programs, please click here.   Interested in joining our listserv? Email to learn about the options (e.g., student, municipal planning, transportation).​​​​​​​​​​​

Thursday September 15, 2022. 5 – 5:45 pm CT. 
​Transportation Research Forum Membership Update, with networking.
The TRF annual membership update, with opportunities to network with other TRF members. Hosted by TRF president, Joseph Schwieterman. To register, click here. To join TRF, click here. Questions? Email

Thursday, September 22, 5:15–6 pm
Downtown Walking Tour for Graduate Students

The Chaddick Institute invites all graduate students for a walk led by Professor Schwieterman on Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 5:15–6 pm. The walk will include stops at three interesting urban developments near campus. Meet in the SPS Suite at 14 E. Jackson, Suite 1600.  Email​ to sign up.  Free

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Good Designs, Great Downtowns:   The Evolving Strategies Used to Enhance Central Business Districts over the Past 15 Years  
We encourage you to attend our sponsored session at the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter conference at the renovated Old Post Office.  More details coming.  If you are at the conference, be sure to also check out the Chaddick exhibit booth! ​

Thursday, October 20, 2022. 5 – 6 pm CT.
Virtual “Discussion over Drinks”
This annual discussion, h​osted by the Chicago Chapter of the Transportation Research Forum, invites you to virtually network, and discuss hot topics in the Chicago metro's municipalities. This event is moderated, Erik Cempel, of Cempel International Transportation Consulting. This event is for TRF members only. To register, click here. To join TRF, click here. Questions? Email​.​

Sunday, September 25, 2022. 12-3 pm
Forgotten Chicago's Walking Tour of River North and West​
​​​Join us  as we continue our series of events exploring areas in and around Central Chicago undergoing significant transformation. This widely anticipated tour will visit a section of the city planned for remarkable change in the coming years: the area north and west of the Merchandise Mart along the Chicago River. The tour will be led by Joe Schwieterman, Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University and Patrick Steffes, Urban Program Advisor and Research Fellow at Chaddick.​ Click here​ for the registration link, and more details. ​

Friday, November 4,  2022, 12:30 - 9:00 pm
Autumn Study Trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Join us for our fifth annual Chaddick Study Trip to Milwaukee, via Amtrak's popular Hiawatha Service train service.  Open to all graduate students and alumni.   The cost of this day-trip​ is only $20, including Amtrak fare and dinner.   We will be meeting at Union Station at 12:30. Our train leaves  at 1:05 p.m. and arrives back to Chicago at 9:04 p.m. (The returning train departs Milwaukee at 7:35 p.m.)  However, there is an earlier 5:45 pm departure if you need to get back sooner.  You can also return the following day, if you prefer to stay the night at your own expense. ​To register, email​

​April 20-22, 2023
Transportation Research Forum's 2023 International Conference at the Chaddick Institute

​We are pleased to announce that the 2023 International Meeting of the Transportation Research Forum ​will be held at DePaul University and hosted by the Chaddick Institute team!  Scholars and professionals from around the world will travel to Chicago to exchange research findings.  Email​ to learn now to participate.