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Our 2018 Annual Luncheon

Audiences couldn't stop talking about our 2018 Annual Luncheon keynote, held Wednesday, September 12. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and former president and director of the Chicago History Museum explained with color and humor how art and culture impact communities. Bunch shared tales of launching the celebrated Smithsonian museum—from forcing down a dozen ice cream sandwiches in order to acquire a Chuck Berry guitar to visiting a village in Mozambique most affected by a slave vessel sinking centuries ago. 

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2018 Transformer Awards 

October 11, 2018, 8:30 to 11 a.m. CST
Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

This November, voters will head to polls and cast their ballots. Regardless of who is elected, those working in and with government need to take stock: what’s working now and how do we proactively plan for Illinois’ future. Join us Thursday, October 11, as Transform Illinois examines the solutions. 

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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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