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How can we encourage walking and biking right now?

As we approach the next phase in the stay-at-home order, more people are thinking about commuting safely. But how? From dedicated bike lanes to slow streets, MPC Director of Transportation Audrey Wennink looks at pedestrian mobility and its role in the mission to #BuildBackBetter

Discover approaches to pedestrian mobility

For a better, bolder, more equitable future for everyone. 

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Activated Rivers, Stronger Communities: Stories from our region's waterways

May 28, 2020, 2 to 3 p.m. CST

Online event via Zoom

For the past three years, people have been working together to implement projects to activate and enliven Chicago’s riverfronts—from effigy mounds as part of an interactive walking museum dedicated to local Native American history, to public art and wayfinding in Chinatown, to a 400-foot-long mural commemorating the first African-American world champion cyclist.

These projects are all aligned with Our Great Rivers, a three-year-old, community vision—the contribution of more than 6,000 residents—for a Chicago River system that is more inviting, living and productive. Released in 2016 by the City of Chicago, Metropolitan Planning Council, and Friends of the Chicago River, this vision charts a course for new uses of our shared waterways.

Join MPC and hear from three organizations that have started transforming their community riverfronts across our city, thanks to the generous support from the Chicago Community Trust’s Our Great Rivers grant program.

There is no cost to join but registration is required


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