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The Annual Luncheon: An MPC tradition

The Annual Luncheon is the Metropolitan Planning Council’s signature event. Featuring a keynote speaker or panel with expertise on issues of regional and economic importance, the event raises valuable operating revenue for MPC initiatives. The luncheon attracts approximately 1,000 business, civic, public and community leaders who attend to hear influential speakers and to honor a leader from Chicago's civic community.

Past speakers include President Barack Obama (during his 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate); Thomas Mars, executive vice president of Walmart; Julia Stasch, President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation; and Tom Ricketts, Executive Chairman of the Chicago Cubs. Honorees include King Harris, Miles D. White, Andrew J. McKenna, Frank Clark and Lester Crown. In major election years, MPC's Annual Luncheon hosts political candidates in a non-debate format.

Previous Annual Luncheon events

Sep 19, 2019 Thursday
MPC's 2019 Annual Luncheon
11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST
Hilton Chicago
Sep 12, 2018 Wednesday
The Creativity Factor: How Art and Culture Impact Communities
11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST
Hilton Chicago
Sep 22, 2017 Friday
Creating A Winning City: The Team. The Town. The Region.
11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Chicago
Jan 9, 2017 Monday
NEW DATE—Challenging Inequality, Driving Growth: The Economic Implications of Segregation
11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Jun 3, 2015 Wednesday
Investing in Chicago's Future
J.B. Pritzker and Miles D. White
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Aug 28, 2014 Thursday
Pat Quinn & Bruce Rauner answer.
Noon to 2 p.m.
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
Nov 1, 2013 Friday
Accelerating Change
11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Jul 25, 2012 Wednesday
The Cities That Work
Noon to 2 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Jun 27, 2011 Monday
What, Where and How? Rethinking the Retail Landscape
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Jun 21, 2010 Monday
Illinois: Is there a cure?
Noon to 1:45 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago

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