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Conversation Series Imagine Chicago! “Living Room” Conversations on Social Innovation, Sustainability and Community



What questions would you most like to see people in Chicago gathering to explore together? What topics and/or questions you see as critical to Chicago’s future. Add your topics and/or questions to the conversation.

If you would like to participate in such conversations as a sponsor, partner or interested citizen, please contact us


Creating Space for Possibility


100 years ago, in 1909, the visionary Plan of Chicago laid out a compelling picture of a City Beautiful, called upon civic character to realize the goal, and characterized Chicagoans as a people who can and will act in the best public interest to realize the vision. It was a work of great imagination and idealism that significantly shaped what Chicago has become.


As Chicago celebrates this 100 year anniversary, and has sent one of its most civic minded citizens to the White House with "no small plans", Imagine Chicago would like to ask you for your best imagination about shaping a positive future for Chicago for the next 100 years. What do we most need to understand? What will it take to unlock the civic commitment of Chicago's citizens to make this a great city for our great grandchildren?


Imagine Chicago would like to gather your questions and visions and use them as the basis for a set of in-person and online conversations about the next 100 years in Chicago. What questions are most important to the future of Chicago? What questions are you eager to gather with other Chicagoans to discuss and learn about? What would you love to understand better about how to build a sustainable future for Chicago? What is happening in your community or organization that seems especially hopeful ?  


Imagine Chicago will host intergenerational conversations about especially promising ideas and social innovations in Chicago around questions central to Chicago’s future. We hope to encourage and facilitate conversations about imaginative, inspiring and practical approaches to community building that will build confidence in and knowledge about new and inspiring ways of working together in Chicago. We want to broaden the imagination of Chicago citizens about what’s possible for Chicago---in an intergenerational learning community which embodies hope, shares positive stories, explores issues from a range of perspectives and expands possibilities for joint action.  


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