Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning CMAP integrates planning for land use and transportation in the seven counties of northeastern Illinois. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) was created in 2005 through state statute (70 ILCS 1707) and its Policy Committee is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the seven counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

Its state and federal mandates require CMAP to conduct comprehensive regional planning, prioritize transportation investments, provide technical assistance for communities, and compile data resources that enhance decision making.

Mission: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, the next comprehensive plan for the seven counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will in northeastern Illinois. Building on the vision of the region's current comprehensive plan, GO TO 2040, ON TO 2050 will be an innovative, policy-based plan that establishes coordinated strategies to help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, economic development, open space, water, energy, housing, and other quality-of-life issues.

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Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, civil rights activist, and presidential advisor. She championed education for Black...
02/19/2021

Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, civil rights activist, and presidential advisor. She championed education for Black youth, particularly girls, and laid the groundwork for the modern civil rights movement. Learn more about Bethune: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/mary-mcleod-bethune #BlackHistoryMonth

For the first time, Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood has a comprehensive plan to help guide its development. Learn m...
02/18/2021
Mckinley Park

For the first time, Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood has a comprehensive plan to help guide its development. Learn more about the community-driven plan and its six key goals.

McKinley Park Development Council City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)

McKinley Park is a thriving working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side, nestled between Pilsen, Bridgeport, Back of the Yards, and Brighton Park. Located in the geographic center of Chicago, McKinley Park is less than five miles from Chicago’s Loop. Throughout its long history, McKin...

Dorothy Height was a civil rights activist who fought for equal rights for African Americans and women. She was one of t...
02/16/2021

Dorothy Height was a civil rights activist who fought for equal rights for African Americans and women. She was one of the main organizers of the March on Washington and led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. Learn more about the life of this extraordinary woman, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994: https://www.nps.gov/people/dorothy-i-height.htm #BlackHistoryMonth

(Photo: David Kohl/AP)

Garrett August Morgan was an accomplished inventor who, after seeing a traffic accident, developed something that would ...
02/10/2021

Garrett August Morgan was an accomplished inventor who, after seeing a traffic accident, developed something that would reduce collisions: the three-position traffic signal. Until then, most traffic signals had only two positions: stop and go. Morgan's signal added a third to stop movement in all directions, improving safety for both drivers and pedestrians. But that wasn't his only life-saving invention. Learn more about the accomplished inventor: https://www.transportation.gov/connections/garrett-augustus-morgan-inventor-gas-mask-and-traffic-signal #BlackHistoryMonth

Did you hear our executive director, Erin Aleman, on Outside the Loop RADIO? Listen to her talk with Mike Stephen about ...
02/09/2021
OTL #747: Why is there a digital divide in Chicago?, One Illinois ceases publication, Illinois’ population loss

Did you hear our executive director, Erin Aleman, on Outside the Loop RADIO? Listen to her talk with Mike Stephen about population loss in Illinois. Interview starts at 27:57.

Mike Stephen discusses a new study examining the digital divide in Chicago with University of Chicago professors Dr. Nick Feamster and Dr. Nicole Marwell, learns why the online news site One Illino…

In 1983, when Carmen Turner was chosen to lead Metro Forward, she became the first Black woman to head a major public tr...
02/05/2021

In 1983, when Carmen Turner was chosen to lead Metro Forward, she became the first Black woman to head a major public transit agency. Before joining the agency in 1977, she worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she rose from typist to acting director of civil rights. During her time at Metro Forward, the system grew from 42 miles and 47 stations to 73 miles with 63 stations. Learn more about Carmen Turner: https://siarchives.si.edu/blog/smithsonian-spotlight-carmen-turner #BlackHistoryMonth

The home of Emmett Till is now a Chicago landmark. His murder in 1955, and his mother's decision to hold an open-casket ...
02/03/2021
Emmett Till House Officially a Landmark After Receiving City Council Approval

The home of Emmett Till is now a Chicago landmark. His murder in 1955, and his mother's decision to hold an open-casket funeral to show the violence he suffered, helped spark the civil rights movement.

The red brick two-flat in Woodlawn is now protected from demolition and any significant changes to its exterior. The vision is to transform the home into an international heritage pilgrimage site.

Check out RTA - Regional Transportation Authority - Illinois' redesigned transit data website, which includes ridership ...
02/02/2021
Redesigned RTAMS site provides user-friendly access to transit data

Check out RTA - Regional Transportation Authority - Illinois' redesigned transit data website, which includes ridership statistics, interactive maps, and downloadable data from Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, Pace Suburban Bus, and RTA.

A redesigned Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics (RTAMS) website is now available for users to explore, search, and study data from the Chicago region’s transit network. The w…

Did you know that Black History Month can trace its roots back to Chicago? Carter G. Woodson’s 1915 trip to the city ins...
02/01/2021

Did you know that Black History Month can trace its roots back to Chicago? Carter G. Woodson’s 1915 trip to the city inspired the founding of ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History and later, the beginning of an annual tradition. What began as a week is now a month-long celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout history. Learn more: https://asalh.org/about-us/origins-of-black-history-month/ #BlackHistoryMonth

Illinois lost nearly 80,000 residents in 2020, marking the seventh straight year of population decline. We talked with C...
01/27/2021
Here's who's leaving—and coming to—Illinois

Illinois lost nearly 80,000 residents in 2020, marking the seventh straight year of population decline. We talked with Crain's Chicago Business about what that means for the state and our region.

A new report by the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency says our population drop is heavily concentrated downstate, where all but six of the 96 counties lost people during the decade.

CMAP is #hiring an associate research analyst/programmer. Learn more about the position and apply on our website. ⤵
01/22/2021
Careers

CMAP is #hiring an associate research analyst/programmer. Learn more about the position and apply on our website. ⤵

The Peters Fellowship provides a graduate student with a paid work and enrichment experience in one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.  

For more than 10 years, CMAP has helped communities in northeastern Illinois create local plans. Read about six new proj...
01/21/2021
How CMAP is supporting road safety in Flossmoor, other goals across northeastern Illinois - CMAP

For more than 10 years, CMAP has helped communities in northeastern Illinois create local plans. Read about six new projects we're working on with City of Hickory Hills, Hegewisch Business Association, Village of Phoenix, Village of Sugar Grove, City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development, and Village of Flossmoor, Illinois.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has kicked off local planning projects in communities across northeastern Illinois.

Do you know a graduate student interested in regional planning? CMAP is accepting applications for the Peters Fellowship...
01/20/2021
Peters Fellowship

Do you know a graduate student interested in regional planning? CMAP is accepting applications for the Peters Fellowship.

As one of the only fellowships of its kind across the country, the Peters Fellowship provides a graduate student with a paid work and enrichment experience in one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas at a major regional planning agency – the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.  

#CMAPCelebrates Kama Dobbs: "My degree is in civil engineering, but I ended up going into planning. If I had gone down t...
01/19/2021

#CMAPCelebrates Kama Dobbs: "My degree is in civil engineering, but I ended up going into planning. If I had gone down the traditional engineering path, I would not have been able to have the same close contact with local leaders and direct impact on the transportation system so early in my career.

"I started working at a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) in Florida before eventually landing at CMAP, the MPO for northeastern Illinois. I believe in the MPO process — the notion that federal transportation funding decisions should be made at the local and regional level.

"In 2019, we completed the first call for projects for the new regional Surface Transportation Program Shared Fund. I spent much of this year evaluating the results from that call for projects, looking to see if we met our goals and to find ways we could improve it for the January 2021 call for projects. Did we do enough? Did we reach who we wanted to reach?"

Kama led the agency through the redesign of the Surface Transportation Program to promote a more equitable, performance-based distribution of funding throughout the region. Outside of work, she takes advantage of all the seven counties have to offer, like forest preserves, theater venues, restaurants, and more.

Today, we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the work we have left to achieve his vision of a just ...
01/18/2021
Martin Luther King and Fair Housing in Chicago

Today, we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the work we have left to achieve his vision of a just and equitable society. In 1966, he and his family moved to Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood to highlight the conditions in segregated Black communities. Read about his activism in the city and the role it played in the passage of the Fair Housing Act. #MartinLutherKing #MLKDay

50 years ago, on April 11, 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act. Martin Luther King, Jr. had come to Chicago in 1966 for his first campaign outside the South to advocate for fair housing, but it took the riots caused by his assassination for the bill to be passed.

How would you like to see the Fox River in McHenry County improve? Share your ideas at a visioning workshop on January 1...
01/15/2021
Future of the Fox River: Burtons Bridge to Johnsburg

How would you like to see the Fox River in McHenry County improve? Share your ideas at a visioning workshop on January 19 or January 21.

Village of Johnsburg Village of Prairie Grove Illinois Village of Holiday Hills, Illinois McHenry County Conservation District McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce Fox River Ecosystem Partnership The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County Fox Waterway Agency McHenry Riverwalk Foundation Moraine Hills State Park

With support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, McHenry County Department of Planning and Development and City of McHenry Department of Economic Development are leading a collaborative effort to develop a Fox River Corridor Plan that will focus on: Commerce within central busine...

Did you see our new URL? You can now find CMAP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn at cmapillinois.
01/13/2021

Did you see our new URL? You can now find CMAP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn at cmapillinois.

01/11/2021
How federal funds reach local transportation projects

How do billions of dollars flow through northeastern Illinois for road, transit, and pedestrian projects? Watch this video to learn how CMAP distributes federal grants to improve transportation infrastructure in the region.

Fair Transit South Cook is a three-year pilot program to make public transportation more accessible and affordable in Co...
01/06/2021
Lower Metra fares, improved Pace service for south suburban Cook County under new program

Fair Transit South Cook is a three-year pilot program to make public transportation more accessible and affordable in Cook County's southern suburbs.

Pace Suburban Bus Metra Cook County Government RTA - Regional Transportation Authority - Illinois

Fair Transit South Cook, a three-year pilot program, cuts fares in half on the Metra Electric and Rock Island Lines. It also increases the hours and frequency of Pace’s Halsted 352 route.

America's rail industry hit a major safety milestone by implementing positive train control systems. This technology, no...
01/04/2021

America's rail industry hit a major safety milestone by implementing positive train control systems. This technology, now on more than 57,000 miles of track, will help prevent collisions, derailments, and more.

All required railroads have met the Dec. 31 positive train control (PTC) deadline set by Congress. Read more about this landmark achievement: https://bit.ly/34Vi7iO.

Accessory dwelling units — like granny flats and coach houses — provide more housing options for older residents. That's...
01/04/2021
Granny Flat Academy

Accessory dwelling units — like granny flats and coach houses — provide more housing options for older residents. That's why we teamed up with AARP Illinois and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to discuss how communities can include ADUs. #ONTO2050

Background As Chicagoans age, their needs for housing can change. Many homes were not built in consideration of older adults, who can be susceptible to falls and social isolation, particularly if children and family live far away. Recognizing this, many communities have turned to a novel

Happy New Year! Best wishes this holiday season from your friends at CMAP.
12/30/2020

Happy New Year! Best wishes this holiday season from your friends at CMAP.

Congratulations to the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois Government for being designated a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Communi...
12/29/2020
Schaumburg honored for its bicycling initiatives

Congratulations to the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois Government for being designated a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

The Village of Schaumburg has received a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation from the League of American Bicyclists for its continued commitment to improve bicycling through policies, infrastructure and programs.

New Census Bureau data show that nearly 80,000 people moved out of Illinois last year, adding to the nearly quarter mill...
12/28/2020
Illinois Exodus: Census Data Finds People Continue to Leave State

New Census Bureau data show that nearly 80,000 people moved out of Illinois last year, adding to the nearly quarter million who have left the state over the last decade.

Nearly 80,000 people left Illinois last year, according to just-released data estimates. In the past decade, nearly a quarter million people have moved.

12/22/2020
Lake County, IL Government

Excess road salt damages vehicles and infrastructure, harms pets and plants, and degrades waterways. Great reminder on how to salt smart from Lake County, IL Government. Salt Smart

When it comes to salt, a little goes a long way!

Very cold temperatures are arriving Wednesday night. When extreme cold and snow arrives, our first reaction is to reach for the salt to prevent slippery paths around our homes. While salt is an essential part of winter safety, did you know using too much salt doesn’t actually make the pavement less slippery? Learn how you can protect the environment and use smart salting practices this winter.

Chicago approved a pilot to allow accessory dwelling units in five areas of the city. In #ONTO2050, our region's compreh...
12/22/2020
City Council OKs easing ban on coach houses

Chicago approved a pilot to allow accessory dwelling units in five areas of the city. In #ONTO2050, our region's comprehensive plan, we wrote how more housing options will improve affordability and accessibility, and make our residential stock resilient to changing demand.

In-law apartments and other accessory dwelling units, forbidden in Chicago since 1957, are now allowed in five broad areas under a pilot program proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

#CMAPCelebrates Tim McMahon: "The one thing that really interested me about CMAP was how it works at the intersection of...
12/16/2020

#CMAPCelebrates Tim McMahon: "The one thing that really interested me about CMAP was how it works at the intersection of federal, state, and local policy. I really enjoy bringing that regional perspective to governing.

"I was also drawn to CMAP because even though we are a transportation planning agency, there's such a wide breadth of what we do as a regional planning agency. It is very attractive to me to work on everything from climate and energy, to environment and housing, in addition to everything the agency is already doing for transportation.

"As an intergovernmental agency, we can see how all those functions work together to complement each other. One of the best parts about my job at CMAP, first as an executive program coordinator and now in my current role in federal affairs, has involved being able to talk to all of our subject matter experts across the board when something comes up. We need to tell decision makers how legislation will impact various programming under our jurisdiction in a proactive and consistent way, so our federal partners know the range of things that we're working on."

Tim plays an integral role in CMAP's federal outreach and government affairs work. In his free time, he enjoys taking strolls around his neighborhood parks with his new puppy, Marty.

McHenry County Government created a new position to coordinate shared services among its local governments. #ONTO2050, t...
12/15/2020
McHenry County creates new role aimed at cut spending by sharing more services among local governments

McHenry County Government created a new position to coordinate shared services among its local governments. #ONTO2050, the region's comprehensive plan, encourages local governments to pursue service-sharing partnerships to save money and improve efficiency.

McHenry County and the McHenry County Council of Governments created a new position designed to increase efficiency and cut costs by working with local governments to provide more shared services to residents.

The pandemic has led to a biking and walking boom throughout the country. Learn about inexpensive steps your community c...
12/14/2020
Pandemic presents opportunity for communities to embrace biking and walking - CMAP

The pandemic has led to a biking and walking boom throughout the country. Learn about inexpensive steps your community can take to support biking and walking now and in the future.

COVID-19 has affected northeastern Illinois’ entire transportation system since March, with residents showing increased interest in biking and walking as one example. These travel modes provide...

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