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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).​​

Tuesday, September 21, 5 - 5:30 p.m.​​​
Brussels Study Abroad Information Session
Join Professor Schwieterman to learn details of the School of Public Service study abroad graduate-level course (MPS 575) in Brussels over spring break 2022. The course explores European Union policy. This is a virtual session. Email

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 6:30 pm​  Note: postponed until April 2022
Municipal Design Review Network Anniversary Celebration
A special event celebrating the remarkable legacy of our Municipal Design Review Network and look forward to our future. All attendees will receive our beautiful new publication showcasing the many achievements of MDRN.  Location: Evanston, Illinois.  Email for details​.   Note: we are postponing this event until April 2022 due to the Delta variant.

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 5:15 - 5:45 pm​
Graduate Student Information Session
We welcome all graduate students to an in-person information session to learn more about Chaddick Institute opportunities during the 2021-22 academic year.   This will include details on our popular "Chaddick Scholars" program and Milwaukee study trip.  Location: Chaddick Hall, Suite 1600, 14 E. Jackson Building.  Email for details​.​​

Friday, September 17, 2021, 4:45 - 8:30 pm
Brussels Study Abroad Reunion
We invite all alumni of the School of Public Service's Brussels Study Abroad Program for an evening of reflection and celebration. The founder of the program, Dean Eitel, will attend. Schedule: free seminar in Chaddick Hall from 4:45 – 5:45 pm (open to all) followed by buffet dinner and program from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (registration required). Co-hosted by Chaddick Institute. Email to learn more.

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Transportation Research Forum - Autumn Professional "Mixer"
Back by popular demand, our autumn "professional mixer" is returning in mid-October.   Attendees will take part in three 15-20 minute small-group discussions with prominent leaders in various modes of transportation.   This gathering is hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF), which is housed at our Institute.   Open to all members of TRF, which is attractively priced at $50 per year and just $20 for students.  Email for details.  

Friday, October 15, 2021
Autumn Study trip to Milwaukee
We invite all graduate students and alums to join us for a day trip via Amtrak's Hiawatha Service for a fast-paced urban-planning immersion in our neighbor to the north. Meet at Chicago Union Station to join the group for an 11:05 am train. You can also board in Glenview or travel to Milwaukee on your own. Cost of $20, inclusive of train fare and lunch. Optional evening dinner in Milwaukee.  Click here to register. 
Not a student or alum? Email us about ways to join our delegation at

Monday, November 1, 2021
Deadline for Graduate Student Applications for Brussels Study Abroad
Don't miss the opportunity to study  European Sustainable Urban Development in Brussels, Belgium as part of the course SPS 575, taught by Professor Schwieterman, over spring break 2022.  Email to learn more.  

Friday, November 19, 2021, 9 am - noon
Annual Co-Sponsored Conference with the Real Estate Center, 
Make plans to attend our annual conference with the DePaul Real Estate Center, from 9 am-noon.  We'll explore the differing patterns of residential and commercial development activity in Chicago and its suburbs, featuring prominent experts in the field.  We are excited to bring everyone back for an in-person event. Breakfast included!  Check back on September 15, 2021 for registration details. 

​April 6– 8, 2022
Travel with us to Transportation Conference in St. Louis
Join our delegation of graduate students and staff, and others Chicago-area professionals, attending the highly anticipated conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Graduate students can apply to have some of their trip costs (including registration and Amtrak fare) covered.  To learn more, email

April 2023 (TBA)
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.