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Updated Aug. 20, 2020
"We Will Chicago" is a new three-year, citywide planning initiative under Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot that will encourage neighborhood growth and vibrancy while addressing social and economic inequities that impair Chicago’s legacy as a global city.
As the first citywide plan of its type since the “1966 Comprehensive Plan,” We Will’s guiding principles will be refined in the coming months, with equity, diversity and resiliency serving as three initial fundamental goals.
A public engagement process to start in fall 2020 will refine major themes, issues and policy guidelines that will be presented to Plan Commission on an ongoing basis.
The engagement strategies are being developed and implemented by DPD, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), and other partners including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Edelman.
Near-term efforts are expected to include a series of virtual workshops with other cities that have completed citywide plans, followed by virtual forums on a variety of topics that may include jobs, the changing economy, neighborhood development, the changing climate, and other subjects.
The development of a new citywide plan was a key goal identified by Mayor Lightfoot in her transition committee’s spring 2019 report, based on approximately five years of discussion among members of Chicago’s civic and philanthropic communities. A citywide plan was also a recommendation of the City’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force Advisory Report published last month.
DPD’s informational presentation on the “We Will” plan to the Chicago Plan Commission in August 2020 outlined a 36-month development process that would culminate with the plan’s adoption by the Commission in 2023. For further details, view the Plan Commission overview. Additional information about engagement opportunities will be made available at www.chicago.gov/wewill in the coming weeks. For the latest updates, register for email updates at right.