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What is Imagine Chicago?

  • a  non-profit organization that has been working since 1992 to cultivate hope and civic engagement in a variety of cross cultural and intergenerational initiatives, projects and programs.
  • a catalyst for creative connections
  • a trainer, facilitator and mentor of community visioning practices and strength based communications and community organizing processes
  • the inspiration for a self-organizing global Imagine movement on six continents...  more

How Did Imagine Chicago Begin?


In the words of Bliss Browne, Imagine Chicago's founder:


“In 1991, I was a corporate banker at First Chicago, an Episcopal priest in an African American parish, the mother of three young children and active on many civic boards. These worlds shared little common vocabulary and often functioned as parallel universes. I began to notice many ways our city of Chicago was divided —in discourse, in well institutionalized patterns of social and economic segregation.... more

Early History - Reawakening Hope


In 1992, Bliss Browne dedicated nine months to learning Chicago history, and listening to people's concerns and hopes about what might constitute an effective visioning and community regeneration process in Chicago. She visited other cities with emerging citywide initiatives including Atlanta and Pittsburgh. She worked with the Council of Religious Leaders on their vision for Chicago's future... more

How We Work


Imagine Chicago designs, manages and facilitates intergenerational and intercultural networks and partnerships which cultivate hope and civic engagement and harness imagination for public good.   Imagine Chicago's work encompasses a variety of initiatives around four core processes which focus participants' efforts... Browne's inquiry...  more

Founder's Bio


Bliss Browne is founder and president of Imagine Chicago, a mother of three, an ordained Episcopal priest and a former Division Head of the First National Bank of Chicago where she was a corporate banker from 1975-1991. Her civic leadership positions have included serving as Chairman of the Center for Neighborhood Technology,...   more

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