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The Chaddick Institute offers technical programs, special events and research seminars throughout the academic year on topics of interest to land-use, transit, and municipal policy professionals and students. 

Annual Real Estate Conference:
The Chaddick Institute and the DePaul Real Estate Center work together to put on an annual event exploring topics relevant to both of our centers. Previous conferences have looked at the impact of rails-to-trails projects in communities and the impact of the sharing economy on urban real estate development. These conferences are generally held in December or January each year. Stay tuned for our next topic!

Annual Aviation Lunch:
Each year the International Aviation Law Institute and the Chaddick Institute focus on an issue related to transportation planning. Previous events have looked at global trends in airports today, from funding to ownership, and security issues in transportation planning, featuring a lecture from DePaul Law Alumna and Head of the FBI’s Active Shooter Initiative, Katherine Schwiet. 

Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN): 
MDRN is a unique network for Chicago area communities with design review boards or staff professionals to share and develop best practices. This group organizes collaborative, professional-to-professional networking events sponsored by the Institute. Learn more about MDRN and its upcoming events here

Transportation Research Forum - Chicago Chapter:  
The Chaddick Institute is the administrative home of the Chicago Chapter of the Transportation Research Forum​. This chapter of "TRF" sponsors free quarterly brown bag lunches on the DePaul campus, as well as webinars and other events showcasing innovations and timely research in transportation.  Email for information about becoming a TRF member, or visit our Upcoming Events page for information about our planned programs.

Plan Commission Trainings:
The Chaddick Institute works in partnership with the American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter to provide trainings to municipal plan commissions and village boards. All planning officials work hard reviewing cases, conducting public hearings, and considering policy matters, but they rarely get the chance to sit back and look at the big picture of what they do and the significance it has to the communities in which they live. Additionally, most officials are not professionals in the planning or development fields and can benefit from a bit of extra training on the topic. Even seasoned commissioners appreciate the chance to step back from the task of plan review and approval, learn what’s new in planning, and discuss their role with fellow commissioners. 

The Plan Commission Training Program has been conducted in more than 60 communities since 2011. Take a look at the map below, updated quarterly, for details about past trainings. For more information about the program, visit the American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter Plan Commission Training web page or email the Chaddick Institute at​. 

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