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Mission Matters: Our 2017 Annual Report

What’s “never been done before” is what we do best—from new data that quantifies the cost of segregation to all of us, to bold architectural concepts that inspire a continuous riverfront trail, to a creative new guidebook that promises safe, clean and efficient water supplies. At MPC, we take action with integrity, because Mission Matters.

Read Mission Matters: MPC's 2017 Annual Report

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  • Drinking Water 1-2-3

    Drinking Water 1-2-3

    A new guidebook to understand and proactively address our region's drinking water needs

  • #BustedCommute


    A crowdsourced photo campaign that captures failing transportation infrastructure in Illinois

  • Great Rivers Chicago

    Great Rivers Chicago

    Reconnecting communities and their rivers

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The Creativity Factor: How Arts and Culture Impacts Communities

September 12, 2018, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST
Hilton Chicago

At MPC’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, September 12, we will feature a celebrated museum director as well as one of our nation’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Our keynote speaker, Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and former president and director of the Chicago History Museum, will discuss how history and culture are essential to a vibrant community and healthy economy. We will also honor Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman & CEO of Ryan Specialty Group, with the 2018 Champion Fighter Award for his extraordinary civic leadership.

Join us for a conversation about creativity, community development and carving a unique path.

Sponsorships are available! For more information, contact Janet Myers, Vice President of Philanthropy, at or 312.863.6010.

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For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area's toughest planning and development challenges. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems while consistently thinking ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. Read more about our work »

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