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Urban Think & Drink

Debate and discuss how we shape our urban environment

Photo credit: Tricia Scully
MPC welcomed former Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein at a recent Urban Think & Drink.

This is the town that Burnham built, that shattered all expectations with its World’s Fair, unleashed Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired Sandburg’s “city of big shoulders” and Sinclair’s The Jungle, where stark inequalities birthed Addams’ settlement house, and where thronging masses cheered on the nation’s first African-American president one balmy November night in Grant Park. We have a lot to talk about.

MPC’s Urban Think & Drink provides a forum for discussion about the societal benefits of the built environment and enables a dialogue between residents and well-known thought and action leaders including artists, authors, planners and designers. This informal platform allows us to debate and discuss how we make our urban environments livable and vibrant. Past events have featured inspiring artists such as Candy Chang and Theaster Gates.

Previous Urban Think & Drink events

Apr 28, 2020 Tuesday
POSTPONED | FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence, in partnership with WTTW

Metropolitan Planning Council

Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council, WTTW
Feb 25, 2020 Tuesday
Burnham Award Celebration: Austin Coming Together
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council & Austin Coming Together
Dec 12, 2019 Thursday
SOLD OUT: A Community Conversation | Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents
City Lit Books
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council & City Lit Books
Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday
Equitable Development PechaKucha
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Elevated Chicago, Metropolitan Planning Council, SPARCC
Oct 3, 2019 Thursday
An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago
Metropolitan Planning Council
Aug 15, 2019 Thursday
Filling the Gap: Affordable Housing Crisis Through Design
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: American Institute of Architects, Congress for New Urbanism – Illinois
Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday
The Big Bet: Investing in People to End Poverty
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council and Economic Security for IL
May 30, 2019 Thursday
SOLD OUT | Reinventing Fire: Changing Our Energy Future
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council and the Brushwood Center
Feb 19, 2019 Tuesday
Spotlight: An Insider’s Perspective on Chicago’s Upcoming Elections
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council & The Daily Line
Jan 10, 2019 Thursday
SOLD OUT: Vote Equity Party
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council & Elevated Chicago
Dec 3, 2018 Monday
Rightlynd: A Conversation about Gentrification, Displacement and the Power of Plays
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council
Oct 22, 2018 Monday
SOLD OUT! | ’63 Boycott: A 55th Anniversary Film Screening & Conversation
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council and Kartemquin Films
Aug 2, 2018 Thursday
Creativity, Arts and Economic Vitality
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council
Apr 18, 2018 Wednesday
The Role of Media in Building a Better Chicago, with Chicago Sun-Times CEO Edwin Eisendrath and columnist Mary Mitchell
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council
Mar 15, 2018 Thursday
Sold Out | Exposure is Key: My Block, My Hood, My City
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council
Dec 7, 2017 Thursday
SOLD OUT! The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council
Oct 3, 2017 Tuesday
SOLD OUT! Dan Egan: The Death and Life of The Great Lakes
Metropolitan Planning Council
Hosted by: Alliance for the Great Lakes, Metropolitan Planning Council
May 18, 2017 Thursday
The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
Metropolitan Planning Council
Apr 20, 2017 Thursday
Arthur Melville Pearson, author of Force of Nature, in conversation with Lee Bey
Metropolitan Planning Council
Sep 21, 2016 Wednesday
Lessons from “Boomtown” with former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Metropolitan Planning Council
Jul 14, 2016 Thursday
Why is Minneapolis Growing Faster than Chicago? With Twin Cities Metro Leader Susan Haigh
Metropolitan Planning Council
Jun 16, 2016 Thursday
The South Side with Natalie Moore
Metropolitan Planning Council
Jun 2, 2016 Thursday
Growing Pains: Is the Age of Iconic American Cities Over?
Metropolitan Planning Council
Mar 29, 2016 Tuesday
Streetfight with Janette Sadik-Khan
Metropolitan Planning Council
Mar 3, 2016 Thursday
What Happened to the Moderates? Seeking Bipartisanship with Sec. Ray LaHood
Metropolitan Planning Council
Nov 10, 2015 Tuesday
Gabe Klein on the “Start-Up City”
Metropolitan Planning Council
Oct 22, 2015 Thursday
Sam Schwartz on the Rise of Cities and Fall of Cars
Metropolitan Planning Council
Jun 23, 2015 Tuesday
Rust: Destroying Infrastructure One Rivet at a Time
Metropolitan Planning Council
Apr 21, 2015 Tuesday
Design for the Just City with Toni L. Griffin
Metropolitan Planning Council
Feb 12, 2015 Thursday
Conversation and Reception with Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871
Metropolitan Planning Council
Nov 20, 2014 Thursday
Communities and Technology with Keith Hampton
Metropolitan Planning Council
Oct 21, 2014 Tuesday
Urban Acupuncture: Healing Cities with Jaime Lerner
Metropolitan Planning Council
May 20, 2014 Tuesday
Going Solo with Eric Klinenberg
Metropolitan Planning Council
Dec 10, 2013 Tuesday
Artist Candy Chang
Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
May 22, 2013 Wednesday
Theaster Gates
Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S. Dearborn St.

This page can be found online at http://www.metroplanning.org/events/thinkndrink.html

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Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616 info@metroplanning.org

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