Improving Lives in Chicago Through Technology

The Smart Chicago Collaborative is a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology. Smart Chicago works on increasing access to the Internet, improving skills for using Internet and developing meaningful products from data that measurably contribute to the quality of life of residents in our region and beyond. Smart Chicago—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." It 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 all.

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Smart Chicago maintains a large number of websites, apps and other technologies that improves live in Chicago:


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

City of Chicago Technology Plan

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The City's comprehensive framework for growing Chicago's technology sector, getting broadband connectivity for everyone and ensuring that Chicago remains a leader in open government data.

Connect Chicago the Smart Chicago Challenge

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A call to action that will significantly increase Chicagoans’ access to and productive use of digital technology

Smart Chicago Investments