“We Will Chicago,” a citywide initiative from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot‘s office has been launched to encourage and facilitate neighborhood growth by addressing social and economic inequities that hinder Chicago’s image as a so-called global city.
This is the first citywide initiative of its kind since the “1966 Comprehensive Plan.” We Will’s efforts are still evolving, but the three-year citywide planning initiative prioritizes equity, resiliency, and engagement to create an inclusive vision for the future of Chicago. The program will host a virtual series with the goal to increase vibrancy across all of Chicago, by looking at models and practices brought about by global thought leaders. Each event will feature a panel presentation of international and local city experts followed by an interactive workshop with participants.
The first of these virtual events is today, Thursday, June 9th, from 11:30 am to 1 pm CT, and will focus on Housing & Neighborhoods to explore international models that advance the goal of stable, affordable, and well-connected housing. The next event in the series is set for Thursday, June 23rd, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm CT, and will examine international models of Arts & Culture that advance the goal of supporting and growing artistic work in communities. This is a seven-part series, and each will represent a pillar of We Will Chicago plan. The program is actively seeking citywide participation and is highly encouraging community engagement and feedback. For more insight and to subscribe to the calendar of upcoming virtual events visit their site.