The Central Area Existing Conditions and Trends Report is part of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development's (DPD) update to the 2003 Central Area Plan.

The first phase of the 2024 Central Area Plan Update included a review of the area's existing conditions, as well as a visioning process informed by historic progress, recent trends and community input. The resulting report was created in line with a robust community engagement process, including:

  • One kick-off webinar
  • 12 focus group meetings
  • One public open house
  • 8 regional pop-up events, and
  • Two online surveys. 

Existing Conditions and Trends Report

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Read the full draft report, which was published in December 2023.

2023 Engagement Summary and Findings

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Review the draft report of the 2023 community engagement process and resulting findings.