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April 10, 2024

Tentative schedule, times and speakers are subject to change.


2024 Urban Forum Schedule Heading link

12:00-12:30 p.m.
Registration and NetworkingBox lunch will be available.
12:30-12:45 p.m.Welcome RemarksSanjeev Vidyarthi, Department Head, Urban Planning and Policy, UIC

Karen Colley, Provost, UIC

Joe Hoereth, Director, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement; Director, Urban Forum, UIC

12:45-1:15 p.m.Keynote AddressGeoffrey Baer, Executive Producer/On-Air Host, WTTW
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion What Trends Will Matter Most to Chicago's Well-Being Over the Next Fifty Years?Ayana Contreras, Cultural historian, memory worker, radio DJ at WBEZ

Nina Idemudia, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Marisa Novara. Vice President, Community Impact, The Chicago Community Trust

Nik Theodore, UIC Distinguished Professor; Director Center for Urban Economic Development

Rachel Weber, Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, UIC *moderator
2:15-2:30 p.m.Break
2:30-3:00p.m.Keynote Address

Lee Bey, Architecture Critic, Chicago Sun-Times; Author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side
3:00-3:15 pmIntroductory RemarksInterviewing a 237 Year Old ChicagoJacoby Cochran, Host, City Cast Chicago, Educator, Storyteller, Writer
3:15-4:30 p.m.Lightning Talk PresentationsThe Lightning Talk segment is intended to introduce audience members to provocative and creative ideas for making Chicago's future brighter. Listen to our dynamic, forward-thinking speakers lay out a single idea or vision to improve some aspect of Chicago's future built, natural or social environments.Oscar Chacón, Executive Director, Alianza Americas

Chandra Christmas-Rouse, Director, Metropolitan Planning Council

Jeremy Cuebas, Transportation Organizer, Northwest Center Chicago

Christian Diaz, Director of Equitable Community Development, Palenque LSNA

Farzaneh Khayat, Postdoc Fellow, Institute for Racial Justice, Loyola University Chicago

Yolanda Lawler, Program Officer, North Lawndale, Steans Family Foundation

Dominica McBride, Founder and CEO, BECOME

Harish I. Patel, Vice President, Economic Security Project

Kalindi Parikh, Strategy Director, Current

Ayesha Qazi-Lampert, Environmental Science Educator, Chicago Public Schools

Anjulie Rao, Freelance Journalist; Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Adjunct Faculty, Illinois Institute of Technology; Columnist, ARCHITECT Magazine

Dawveed Scully, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Kelsey Zlevor, Spatial Strategist

4:30-4:45 p.m.Video Address

Closing Remarks
Brandon Johnson, Mayor, City of Chicago

Stacey Swearingen White, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
4:45-5:30 p.m.Adjourn/Networking
5:30-6:00 p.m.Shuttles to UPP 50th Anniversary Lacuna Loft Eventseparate ticket needed