Building a Queer Chicago: Walking Tour - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Building a Queer Chicago: Walking Tour

June 8, 2019, Noon to 1:30 p.m. CT

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Addison Red Line Station
940 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60657

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This event is part of "Equity in Action: A Conversation Series," a dynamic lineup of public events exploring the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities.

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What role does urban planning have in a place like Boystown where race, gender, class, and privilege intersect with its branding as an all-inclusive playground? How do sexual minorities navigate urban space in 2019 when gay rights are simultaneously secure and under attack? And what do affordable housing, education reform, police and gun advocacy, and parking policy have to do with gay rights?

Join urban planner and artist Vitaliy Vladimirov for a walking tour exploring the intersection of urban planning and LGBTQ+ politics, the limits of diversity, and the difference between acceptance and assimilation. We'll uncover how cities benefit from enclaves, how minorities carve out space, and how to be a better ally. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk approximately 2 miles.

This event is free. Space is very limited, so attendees must register in advance. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

"Equity in Action" Conversation Series

Aided by more than 100 advisors, the Metropolitan Planning Council, in May 2018, released a roadmap for a more racially equitable Chicago region. As we continue working closely with partners to implement the two dozen recommendations in the roadmap, we reflect on one of our biggest learnings from this journey: the value of creating and elevating public dialogue on the interlocking issues that define and shape our racial and economic realities. MPC and partners present Equity in Action: A Conversation Seriesa dynamic lineup of public events to celebrate progress, examine issues, and hold ourselves accountable for advancing the change that’s needed. For more information, click here.

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About Vitaliy Vladimirov

Vitaliy Vladimirov is an urban planner, queer immigrant and artist. He works to educate the public about how the built environment shapes our lives so as to make urban planning theory accessible and to empower people to envision communities that are healthy, vibrant, and just. Having worked at regional and block-level scales, his work focuses on how ethnic minorities cluster in the built environment.


Sponsorship opportunities for this conversation series and specific event are available! 

For more information, contact: 
Janet Myers 
Vice President of Philanthropy 

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