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How Chicagoland grows

MPC sheds some light on the recent news that Chicago is losing population

New Census data that the Chicago region lost 6,000 people last year has been causing a media stir, but as Greg Hinz at Crain's rightfully points out, one statistic doesn't tell the whole story.

For our Data Points series, MPC's new director of research and evaluation, Alden Loury, shines a light on the interplay of segregation and stagnant growth, and how these challenges aren't contained inside Chicago's borders.
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Welcome to our newest MPCers!

We're thrilled to welcome three new staff members to the team in 2016: Janet Myers, Alden Loury and Kendra Freeman.

Back to the future for Chicago Union Station

MPC Vice President Peter Skosey writes that building up the iconic head house would be true to Daniel Burnham's original vision.

The South Side stories

On Thursday, June 16, we welcome WBEZ reporter and The South Side author Natalie Moore to speak about her book on segregation and her own experiences as a South Side Chicagoan.
MPC thanks Holsten Management Corporation and Holsten Human Capital Development, NFP for their generous sponsorship of this event, and Revolution Brewing for providing libations.

Chicagoland's water worries, explained

In a collaboration with the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, MPC explains why the region isn't immune from water woes.

The age of iconic American cities isn't over.

MPC, San Francisco's SPUR and New York's Regional Plan Association came together to talk challenges and solutions on Thursday, June 2.
MPC thanks ComEd, Yagan Family Fund, and TransitCenter for their generous sponsorship of our Growing Cities series, and Revolution Brewing for providing libations.

Make a gift. Support Chicagoland.

For more than 80 years, MPC has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work. A bequest is an easy way to ensure that MPC can continue our efforts long into the future. Including MPC in your will or trust enables you to leave a lasting legacy and have an impact on lives in our city and region. For more information, please contact MPC Vice President of Philanthropy Janet Myers at 312 863 6010 or

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Upcoming events

MPC Urban Think & Drink—The South Side with WBEZ's Natalie Moore
June 16, 5 p.m.
Holsten Management Corporation and Holsten Human Capital Development, NFP
co-sponsorship opportunities available

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Why is Minneapolis Growing Faster than Chicago?
July 14, 5 p.m.
sponsored by ComEd and Yagan Family Fund — co-sponsorships still available

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Lessons from Boomtown
Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
sponsored by ComEd and Yagan Family Fund — co-sponsorships still available

SAVE THE DATE—MPC Annual Luncheon 2016
Nov. 4
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