The public square is reborn.

On May 12, 10,000 neighbors throughout our region joined together in conversations about Chicago's challenges, its strengths, its identity. Its future.

The Chicago Community Trust is marking our 99th anniversary with a community-wide conversation about our collective future. We're looking forward instead of back. And we invite you to join thousands of others to generate new ideas, spark partnerships and shape a public agenda to build and sustain strong, safe and dynamic communities.


State of the Community: Trust president & CEO Terry Mazany delivered the annual State of the Community address on June 18, 2014 at the City Club of Chicago. His talk reflected on the region's priorities and ideas that surfaced during the community conversations of On the Table. Watch his address


So what's next? The ideas shared during On the Table will be gathered and taken to heart by the Trust as it prepares for a new century of grant making and community leadership. There are also some short-term next steps:

•  Survey. We've asked everyone who participated to complete a survey about the event. Managed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the survey will help us get a data-driven view of the event's outcomes.

•  Idea exchange. We're collecting all the ideas submitted during and after On the Table events in a gallery of Inspiring Ideas. Read them, discuss them and submit an idea of your own for improving our communities.

•  Chicago Ideas Week. An annual celebration of big plans, Chicago Ideas Week has committed to workshopping three to five of the biggest ideas created through On the Table on its main stage in October.

•  And more to come. We will share updates about how the momentum keeps going on as new plans emerge, so please keep listening.

Hear more about the event in this ABC7 interview with Terry Mazany.


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