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Winter Cities Chicago

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Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

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Attend a special 1-day symposium dedicated to the urban design and community development scene known as “Winter Cities.”

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Announcing the Keynote Speakers

The APA Illinois' Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS) and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) are happy to announce the morning keynote speakers from north of our border:

8 80 Cities – Toronto, Ontario | David Simor, Senior Project Manager for Wintermission

8 80 Cities is a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Ontario. We exist to improve the quality of life for people in cities by bringing citizens together to enhance parks, mobility, and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. We believe that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8 year old and great for an 80 year old, then it will be great for all of people.

We are pleased to announce that we’ve been working with Buffalo, NY, Eau Claire, WI, and Leadville, CO in the ground breaking two-year Wintermission program. Wintermission aims to combat social isolation and increase levels of physical activity in winter for all residents, no matter their age, ability, socio-economic, or ethnocultural backgrounds. All three cities have assemble multidisciplinary teams of city leaders committed to reducing social isolation and improving public life in winter. Each City will undertake a process of community engagement, pilot projects, and the development of a unique winter city strategy. The program is led by 8 80 Cities, with support by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Global Ideas Fund at CAF America.

Winter Cities Institute – Upper Peninsula, Michigan | Patrick Coleman, President

Patrick J. Coleman, AICP is an urban and town planner whose firm, North of 45 LLC, provides services in the snowy and cold upper Great Lakes Region, as well as in Alaska. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1986. Mr. Coleman has been recognized internationally as a leader in promoting the concept of livable winter cities for many years. He has conducted extensive research on planning and design practices of northern cities around the world, has applied this knowledge in the planning and design of northern cities, and leads the Winter Cities Institute, who hosts the Winter Cities Shake Up in Canada every two years.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – The City of Eau Claire | Scott H. Allen, AICP (Community Develpment ) and Sara Larsen (Economic Development)

The City of Eau Claire was an original recipient of 8 80 Cities Wintermission program’s grantmaking initiative. Bringing together many organizations across the community in Wisconsin, Wintermission aims to combat social isolation and increase levels of physical activity in winter for all Eau Clairieans. Winter is a wonderful time of year, but lack of sunlight, cold weather, and snow can make it difficult to get around and spend time with friends and family. As a result, winter leads many people to experience feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Wintermission seeks to change that dynamic by addressing barriers that prevent people from getting the most out of the season. Scott and Sara will discuss the role a municipality is playing leading how Eau Clairieans and the community can plan for and embrace wintertime in new ways.

Wait. What? Winter? This is about planning for winter?

Yes! Let’s catch you up.

What if winter was your community’s favorite season? No seriously, please keep reading!

The past two weeks are typically the coldest time of year in the Chicago region. Let’s pause to answer, how could we transform a better, more livable cold weather Chicagoland? Register now for Tuesday, February 25th to attend a special symposium dedicated to the urban design and community development scene known as “winter cities.”

Did you know that Chicago is a “Winter City”? Well, it is. Even Canada says so. In fact, in a 1986 publication titled Livable Winter Cities, the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada defined winter cities as “places where the average January temperature is 32° F (0° C) or colder,” and here in Chicago the average high temperatures in January and February rarely break freezing.

In the locales north of our prairie state border, a large group of architects, city planners, landscape architects, engineers, public health officials, parks and recreation professionals, economic developers and business district champions, elected and appointed leaders, and community stakeholders all huddle around The Winter Cities Institute, which was specifically formed to foster this type of urban planning. A global conference, named Winter Cities Shake-Up, was hosted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2019, and focused on how professionals can better design for, function within, and promote healthy, active, and livable communities during wintertime, for everyone. We want to share their knowledge and stories with Chicago.

The Event

The APA Illinois' Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS) and the and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) have partnered to host a 1-day Symposium dubbed “Winter Cities Chicago” to bring four keynote speakers that are setting best practices and innovating in these principles from Toronto, Ontario; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.

CM Credits: 5.5 Pending

• WHAT: The Inaugural “Winter Cities Chicago” Symposium

• WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, February, 25, 2020

• WHERE: CMAP’s offices in the Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite #800, Chicago, IL 60606

• WHY: To learn how to start seeing your community and neighborhood through a four-seasons perspective that acknowledges, respects, and ultimately appreciates winter. Attendees will learn techniques and best practices to return to their communities and practice “winter cities planning” through a variety of methods and disciplines.

• WHO: Morning keynote speakers announced above

• HOW: Registration is available via this Eventbrite page!

Preliminary Schedule

  • 8:30 – 9 am | Registration & Doors Open
  • 9 – 9:15 am | Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 – 10:00 am | Session 1 – Keynote Speaker from the Upper Peninsula, Michigan
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am | Session 2 – Keynote Speakers from Toronto
  • 10:45 – 11:00 am | Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm | Session 3 - Keynote Speakers from Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Lunch (attendees will be encouraged to embark and find lunch in Chicago Loop themselves)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm | Session 4 - Chicago Area SSAs and Business District Case Studies
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Session 5 - Finalizing Topic on Urban Design
  • 3:30 | End

CM Credits: 5.5 Pending

Only one week until you see winter in Chicago in a whole new light! Register today.

Cannot attend in person but interested in being a part of the emerging Winter Cities Chicago community? Email cms@ilapa.org

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233 South Wacker Drive

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