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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 11th, 2017 from 8:30PM
Symposium on Rail Freight, Trinity College
The topic of transporting freight by rail has generated increasing attention in Chicago area communities and beyond. Join us for this free symposium to address current freight issues, cargo types and safety as well as what the Chicagoland area can expect in the future. A short presentation, followed by a Q & A session, will be moderated by Joseph P. Schwieterman, Director of the Chaddick Institute. The event will take place at Trinity International University-Waybright Center, 2065 Half Day Road, Bannockburn, 60015 Email to let us know you are coming. For more information about the event and expert panel, click here​.

Friday, October 27th, 2017 from 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Milwaukee Study Trip
Join the Chaddick Institute and the School of Public Service for a day-long study trip to Milwaukee! It will be an action-packed visit focused on active transportation and biophilic urban design and policy, with stops at exciting sites, including the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office, Urban Ecology Center and Growing Power. Our group will travel to meet some of the remarkable leaders that have made Milwaukee such a Midwestern success story. We'll wrap up the day with an optional dinner at the Milwaukee Ale House located in the historic Saddlery Building along the Milwaukee River. For more info and/or RVSP,  head to the Eventbrite page or email

Thursday, November 1, 2017
Transportation Research Forum Reception with Ray Lang, Senior Director, National State Relations, Amtrak
Join us for this special event with Ray Lang, Senior Director, National State Relations at Amtrak. This event will include networking, a Q & A session led by our program VP Laurence Audenaerd, and information about our upcoming chapter programs. Attendees can join TRF "at the door" if they are not already part of our national organization ($50 or $25 for students). Email to learn more or let us know that you are coming. Location (TBA) will be in downtown Chicago location.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Annual Aviation Lunch, Noon to 1PM (Buffet lunch available 11:20AM)
Make plans to attend our annual luncheon on aviation and airport policy, held in conjunction with DePaul University's College of Law. Our speaker is Monica Hargrove, Vice President and Secretary, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority! Co-sponsored by the Transportation Research Forum-Chicago Chapter, this free event includes a dynamic discussion of contemporary air-travel issues and complimentary lunch with RSVP. Lunch will take place at 1 East Jackson  in the DePaul Center, Room 8005. Email to RSVP. Click here to find out more!​

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 9:30-11:30am
Networking and Idea Sharing Event
Join us for an informative and interactive networking event for municipal planners. Hosted by the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN), the event's fun and focused discussions will offer a chance to share strategies for addressing common planning and design problems, including day-to-day sign code issues, small-cell wireless facilities, green building materials, and more. This is an opportunity to share stories from the trenches, get new takes on familiar issues and finally meet the planner from one town over. Experienced planners will lead break-out groups focused on one of several topics. Come prepared with a question and a story! Arrive at 14 E Jackson Blvd suite 1600, DePaul University Chicago Loop Campus between 9 and 9:30am for coffee and networking. We will be meeting in the Dublin Room within the School of Public Service. Please email to RSVP! This is a free event. Bring a colleague or friend!