Civic Chicago offers place-based learning, in-depth discussions on innovative ideas in civic engagement, and support for projects that help Booth students better understand social challenges and have a positive impact on Chicago and beyond.
Program offerings vary each year. Recent Civic Chicago events include:
- Understanding urban design with Civic Projects Architecture, a Chicago-based practice that acts a catalyst and incubator for equitable development and engages communities as a partner in design.
- Learning about a collaborative model to revitalize commercial corridors in Englewood with E.G. Woode, an innovative real estate and small business incubator.
- Discussing the role of business leaders in the civic landscapes of their communities with the president of the Civic Committee and Commercial Club of Chicago, Derek Douglas.
Connect with Civic Chicago in the following ways:
- Doing Good is Worth Doing Here: A quarterly newsletter sent to current students curating events and opportunities for advancing social impact and connecting with communities in Chicago.
- Communities and Change: Join experiential events that highlight practitioners and leaders advancing social change. Come away with frameworks for understanding social challenges through the perspectives of individuals and organizations in Chicago.
- The Rustandy Challenge: Participate in a weekend-long strategy consulting retreat that supports local nonprofits and social enterprises with creative strategies to solve organizational challenges.
- Project Support: Reach out for support with class projects, consulting engagements, or competitions that involve connecting with or understanding Chicago communities or related challenges. Support is available for student groups, and individual projects on a case-by-case basis.