Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC

Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC The Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC is a vibrant and collegial place engaged in professional development and research on cities and urban communities.

In one of the world's great cities, Urban Planning & Policy (UPP) at UIC has led the way in preparing students for professional and academic careers for over 40 years. Grounded in social equity and sustainability, we use innovative concepts and technology to understand and address urban issues.

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Did you know the priority deadline for our Fall 2021 MUPP application is TODAY? Be sure to submit your application soon!...
01/15/2021
Master in Urban Planning and Policy | College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs | University of Illinois at Chicago

Did you know the priority deadline for our Fall 2021 MUPP application is TODAY? Be sure to submit your application soon!

To learn more, visit: https://cuppa.uic.edu/academics/upp/upp-programs/mupp/.

Due to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed on our prospective students, we have removed the GRE requirement for all MUPP applicants – including for funding consideration.

Master in Urban Planning and Policy The Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) program at UIC is the only professional planning program in the Chicago metropolitan area that is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. With a large and diverse faculty and student body, the MUPP progr...

The role of UIC CUPPA's Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement in a forthcoming demographic study of the Muslim commu...
01/13/2021
Naperville residents to contribute to report that will capture portrait of Muslims in Illinois

The role of UIC CUPPA's Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement in a forthcoming demographic study of the Muslim community in Illinois is highlighted in an article from the Chicago Tribune’s Naperville Sun newspaper. https://go.news.uic.edu/20211132

Muslims in Naperville have the chance to shape how decision-makers in Illinois and the nation respond to their ethnically and economically diverse community.

Due to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed on our prospective students, we have removed the GRE requirem...
01/13/2021
Master in Urban Planning and Policy | College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs | University of Illinois at Chicago

Due to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed on our prospective students, we have removed the GRE requirement for all MUPP applicants – including for funding consideration.

The priority deadline for Fall 2021 is quickly approaching - be sure to apply by January 15, 2021!

To learn more, visit: https://cuppa.uic.edu/academics/upp/upp-programs/mupp/

Master in Urban Planning and Policy The Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) program at UIC is the only professional planning program in the Chicago metropolitan area that is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. With a large and diverse faculty and student body, the MUPP progr...

Due to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed on our prospective students, we have removed the GRE requirem...
01/12/2021
Master in Urban Planning and Policy | College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs | University of Illinois at Chicago

Due to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed on our prospective students, we have removed the GRE requirement for all MUPP applicants – including for funding consideration.

The priority deadline for Fall 2021 is quickly approaching - be sure to apply by January 15, 2021!

To learn more, visit: https://cuppa.uic.edu/academics/upp/upp-programs/mupp/

Master in Urban Planning and Policy The Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) program at UIC is the only professional planning program in the Chicago metropolitan area that is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. With a large and diverse faculty and student body, the MUPP progr...

A WBEZ story on warehouse and factory workers seeking priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine includes comments from Nik...
12/18/2020
Warehouse And Factory Workers Make Their Case For Priority Access To The COVID-19 Vaccine

A WBEZ story on warehouse and factory workers seeking priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine includes comments from Nik Theodore, UIC professor and head of Urban Planning and Policy, director of the Center for Urban Economic Development and fellow at the Great Cities Institute, who says that those workers are vulnerable since these sites have become hotspots and they need protection while working long hours during the holiday season. https://go.news.uic.edu/202012181

The warehouse and manufacturing industries account for the largest number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Illinois after nursing homes.

Today's the day! Join us @ 5pm (CST) for an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy...
12/15/2020

Today's the day! Join us @ 5pm (CST) for an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) and Master in City Design (MCD) degrees. Join us as we break down the curricula, offer admissions / application advice, and hear candid insights about the student experience directly from current students.

To register, visit: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu6hqj0jEtK3_on63sGtg3i77sf5V3b5

*This event will be recorded and posted to our website at cuppa.uic.edu. If you'd like a direct link to the recording, please reach out to [email protected].

A WBEZ story about a Woods Funds grant for six grassroots organizations to collaborate and develop strategies to transfo...
12/14/2020
New Coalition Seeks A Bottom-Up Approach To Transform Chicago’s South And West Sides

A WBEZ story about a Woods Funds grant for six grassroots organizations to collaborate and develop strategies to transform neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides includes comments from Stacey Sutton, UIC associate professor of urban planning and policy, and Renee Hatcher, assistant professor of law and director of the Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic at UIC John Marshall Law School. Sutton and Hatcher are both members of one of the participating coalitions.

Read the story online at: https://go.news.uic.edu/202012111

Six grassroots organizations are teaming up to build a solidarity economy featuring worker cooperatives, participatory budgets and public banks.

TOMORROW @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy...
12/14/2020

TOMORROW @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) and Master in City Design (MCD) degrees. Join us as we break down the curricula, offer admissions / application advice, and hear candid insights about the student experience directly from current students.

To register, visit: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu6hqj0jEtK3_on63sGtg3i77sf5V3b5

*This event will be recorded and posted to our website at cuppa.uic.edu. If you'd like a direct link to the recording, please reach out to [email protected].

CBS 2 Chicago interviewed P.S. Sriraj, director of the Urban Transportation Center and research associate professor at U...
12/09/2020
CTA Warns Of Massive, Across-The-Board Cuts If Federal Funding Doesn't Come Through

CBS 2 Chicago interviewed P.S. Sriraj, director of the Urban Transportation Center and research associate professor at UIC, during a report on potential CTA service cuts in 2021 if the agency doesn’t receive additional federal COVID relief funding to address operating expenses and ridership decline. The segment is online at: https://go.news.uic.edu/20201291

The Chicago Transit Authority on Tuesday was warning of massive, across-the-board cuts.

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Plannin...
12/08/2020

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) and Master in City Design (MCD) degrees. Join us as we break down the curricula, offer admissions / application advice, and hear candid insights about the student experience directly from current students.

To register, visit: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu6hqj0jEtK3_on63sGtg3i77sf5V3b5

*This event will be recorded and posted to our website at cuppa.uic.edu. If you'd like a direct link to the recording, please reach out to [email protected].

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
12/07/2020

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Briana Gipson, our summer Peters Fellow and current planning intern, is completing her master's in urban planning and policy at UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, focusing on community economic development. During her internship, Briana would like to learn more about advancing racial equity and social justice, south suburban economic development, and mobility justice. Outside of work, Briana is involved in GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls, a Black, woman-led national health movement that promotes walking as a way to reclaim and connect neighborhoods. #CMAPInterns Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Plannin...
12/07/2020

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) and Master in City Design (MCD) degrees. Join us as we break down the curricula, offer admissions / application advice, and hear candid insights about the student experience directly from current students.

To register, visit: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu6hqj0jEtK3_on63sGtg3i77sf5V3b5

*This event will be recorded and posted to our website at cuppa.uic.edu. If you'd like a direct link to the recording, please reach out to [email protected].

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC will be hosting an online Informati...
12/04/2020

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) and Master in City Design (MCD) degrees. Join us as we break down the curricula, offer admissions / application advice, and hear candid insights about the student experience directly from current students.

To register, visit: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu6hqj0jEtK3_on63sGtg3i77sf5V3b5

*This event will be recorded and posted to our website at cuppa.uic.edu. If you'd like a direct link to the recording, please reach out to [email protected].

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Plannin...
12/02/2020

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering the Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) and Master in City Design (MCD) degrees. Join us as we break down the curricula, offer admissions / application advice, and hear candid insights about the student experience directly from current students.

To register, visit: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu6hqj0jEtK3_on63sGtg3i77sf5V3b5

*This event will be recorded and posted to our website at cuppa.uic.edu. If you'd like a direct link to the recording, please reach out to [email protected].

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering all of our graduate degree ...
12/01/2020

On December 15, 2020 @ 5pm (CST), we will be hosting an online Information Session* covering all of our graduate degree offerings. Join us as we break down the curriculum per program, offer admissions / application advice, and hear candid insight about the student experience directly from current students of the degrees.

To register, visit: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcu6hqj0jEtK3_on63sGtg3i77sf5V3b5

*This event will be recorded and posted to our website at cuppa.uic.edu. If you'd like a direct link to the recording, please reach out to [email protected].

Jaqueline Xavier, Urban and Public Affairs alumna, is raising funds to support the Mahogany Tree Project. Read about the...
11/24/2020
Mahogany Tree Project: A Domestic Violence Installation

Jaqueline Xavier, Urban and Public Affairs alumna, is raising funds to support the Mahogany Tree Project. Read about the project in the description below or in the Kickstarter link.

The Mahogany Tree Project: A Domestic Violence Installation, an M2M Gifts LLC Project 6ix® initiative, aims to construct an advocacy-based installation made of repurposed mahogany trees to memorialize lives lost from domestic violence. In collaboration with nonprofit community partner Family Resource Center (FRC), located in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), funds pledged towards the Mahogany Tree Project will be used to construct a mahogany tree-inspired installation in FRC's Serenity Garden: a beautiful courtyard on the organization's property filled with tropical foliage. This installation will memorialize around 80 USVI
residents who have lost their lives to domestic violence — (1980-present). https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/m2mgiftsllc/mahogany-tree-project-a-domestic-violence-memorial?ref=project_link

A Design Justice project that will construct a memorial made of hurricane damaged, reclaimed mahogany trees. #IBackedMTP

A Chicago Tribune story on fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits in Illinois includes comments from Nik Theodore, ...
11/24/2020
More than 212,000 fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits filed in Illinois, sparking concerns about identity theft

A Chicago Tribune story on fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits in Illinois includes comments from Nik Theodore, UIC professor and head of urban planning and policy, director of the Center for Urban Economic Development and fellow at the Great Cities Institute, who says the amount of filings and the attempt to expedite funds to filers during the pandemic provided scammers a window of opportunity. The article is available via the Chicago Tribune or Yahoo! News.

Tribune: https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-illinois-unemployment-fraud-20201124-ihxeba7wzraknejo56shjav5l4-story.html

Yahoo News: https://news.yahoo.com/more-212-000-fraudulent-claims-050100198.html?guccounter=1

Illinois has identified more than 212,000 fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits, most filed under a new system created during the pandemic that extends benefits to gig workers and other self-employed individuals for the first time.

UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
11/20/2020

UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Our next alum is MUPP Kara Komp!

Kara Komp had her sights set on urban planning from a young age. Growing up in Joliet, she would frequently visit Chicago with her family, soon coming to understand that her goal in life was to make a difference in the city that was formative in her upbringing.

“Even in high school, I asked myself, ‘What can I do to help the city?’” Komp says. “It was this very existential question: what career path could I take that could actually help the city that I love and that inspires me?”

Komp quickly realized that UIC would be a perfect fit for her undergraduate degree, allowing her both to study urban planning in a city context, as well as play Division I softball.

“A lot of kids grow up and don’t know what urban planning is or how it impacts our lives,” Komp says. “Once I discovered the field of planning, I had that laser focus going into undergrad at UIC knowing that, and because I also wanted to play softball and live in Chicago, the Venn diagram intersected really well.”

When Komp decided she wanted to pursue a master’s degree after finishing her undergraduate degree, CUPPA was the obvious choice for her. Describing herself as a “tangible person,” it only made sense to continue studying the city within the city itself, drawing daily upon the inspiration her surroundings presented her as she got deeper into the field.

“There is a very real relationship and almost an anchor of urban planning in the city context,” Komp says. “You learn more about the city just from living here, and you really get an understanding of what the problems are by pounding the pavement instead of just reading about them in books.”

In the MUPP program, Komp specialized in economic development and transportation planning. She says her goal was to understand what it takes to get projects paid for, knowing how often good plans fail to be implemented due to lack of funding. That led her to a Research Associate position at the Civic Federation, where she helped implement their good governance mission, and the Regional Transportation Agency (RTA), where she conducted ridership modeling and strategic planning. After graduation, her interests led her to a Policy Analyst position at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), where she specialized in economic and transportation policy, and at SB Friedman Development Advisors, where she focused on value capture and development finance consulting.

Kara currently works at HNTB, a civil engineering firm, where she serves as Financial Planning Lead for the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Red Line Extension (RLE) project, a multibillion dollar equity project that will extend the Red Line south to 130th Street, a transformational change to the city’s transportation infrastructure.

In her role overseeing the RLE project, Komp wears many different hats. Though she’s not a civil engineer, she’s frequently in dialogue with those on staff who are solving design challenges posed by the project. She’s also figuring out ways to identify and secure funding sources for the project, itself a major challenge. Through it all, she’s drawn upon her experience in CUPPA, using her skills as a planner to manage many disciplines at once.

“What planners have to bring to the table is the big picture thinking and connecting the dots,” Komp says. “I find myself doing that on the day to day, leading a team of people from a lot of different backgrounds. It all falls into my court.”

Komp credits getting to study in Chicago as a defining quality of the lessons she learned about urban planning. From growing up visiting the city to studying its smallest details while riding the CTA, her love of the city has only grown, as she’s been able to carry out her childhood dreams of making it a better place.

“It's the real-world experience that stood out to me about UIC, this very ‘choose your own adventure’ dynamic of being here,” Komp says. “If you want to learn about the city, you need to be here, where you're going to have an easier time moving beyond the just the academic or the theoretical into getting things done.”

Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute and professor of urban planning and policy at UIC, is interviewed...
11/20/2020
Downtown sees rise in residents moving out, heading for suburbs or North Side neighborhoods

Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute and professor of urban planning and policy at UIC, is interviewed during WGN-TV News’ latest “Back to Work” segment that explores the shift some people are making from certain downtown Chicago zip codes to the suburbs or North Side neighborhoods due to the pandemic. To watch the segment and read the related online story, visit: https://go.news.uic.edu/202011191

CHICAGO —As the pandemic forces many Chicagoans to work from home, some are trading their small city condos for large suburban homes. Change of address forms show just how many are making a move in…

Financial Times quotes P.S. Sriraj, director of the Urban Transportation Center and research associate professor at UIC,...
11/20/2020
New York and the crisis in mass transit systems

Financial Times quotes P.S. Sriraj, director of the Urban Transportation Center and research associate professor at UIC, in a story on the impact of the pandemic on public transit systems.

The story is available via the Los Angeles Times at: https://go.news.uic.edu/202011202

Public transport revenues in leading cities have been hit hard by COVID-19, and some passengers may never return.

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