Equipping All Residents to Access 21st Century Technology

The Smart Chicago Collaborative envisions a world where all Chicagoans have equal opportunity to access, benefit from and fully participate in the information economy. The Collaborative—a joint project of the City of Chicago, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Trust—provides cross-sector leadership and resources to support the City in its transition to a culture of "digital excellence." The Collaborative drives innovation in Chicago by investing in infrastructure, programs and applications that make the resources of high-speed Internet more accessible, useful and beneficial to low-income people and neighborhoods.

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Participating Partners
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • City of Chicago
  • The Chicago Community Trust


  • Smart Chicago / Public Computer Centers
  • Smart Communities / Sustainable Broadband Adoption
  • Smart Chicago, Smart Cities / State Broadband Data

Community Portals

The Smart Communities project has established "neighborhood digital spaces," resource centers where the community can share local news and connect online. See what they're sharing:








The City that Networks

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In May 2007, the Mayor's Advisory Council on Closing the Digital Divide issued its blueprint for improving our local economy through digital excellence. Read their report

Digital Excellence Action Agenda

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The City of Chicago's collaborative plan from 2009 aims to enhance and promote greater access to technology throughout neighborhoods and city government. Read the plan

A Platform for Participation and Innovation

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This "Smart Communities in Chicago Master Plan" lays out the strategy for digital empowerment of five local neighborhoods. See how it works

Smart Chicago Grants