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A series of virtual conversations with innovative minds to create a smarter post-COVID-19 Chicago.


Downtown Futures Series 2020

Revisit all six of 2020's Downtown Futures Series virtual events. Read recaps and watch recordings of the sessions by following the links below.

Stay tuned for more information about Downtown Futures Series 2021.

The Journey Back to Work - October 29, 2020. Featuring panelists Dr. Robert Murphy (John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University) and Sheryl Schulze (Principal at Gensler)

Global Trends Affecting North American Downtowns - September 17, 2020. Featuring panelists Brad Segal (President of Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.)), and Lesley Roth (Associate Principal/Director of Urban Planning for RATIO)

The Transformative Power of Public Art - August 27, 2020. Featuring panelists Patricia Walsh (Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager, Americans for the Arts) and Barrett Keithley (Chicago artist and Co-founder, Paint the City)

Resetting the Urban University in a Pandemic World - July 30, 2020. Featuring panelists Salma Ghanem (Interim Provost, DePaul University), Ron Jackson (Past Chair, International Town & Gown Association), and Peter Isaac (Senior Vice President of Campus Partnerships, CA Ventures)

Retail Reset - June 25, 2020. Featuring panelists Michael Berne (President, MJB Consulting), Tamala Ballard (Retail Property Manager, Catalog at Willis Tower, EQ Office), and I Ying Tsai (Area Manager for Illinois, UNIQLO)

Creating Healthy Workplaces - May 20, 2020. Featuring panelists Marie-Célie Guillaume (CEO of Paris La Défense and President of the Global Business Districts Innovation Club, of which Chicago Loop Alliance is a co-founding member), Kevin Purcell (President, Leasing & Management Serivces for MBRE), and Matthew Buecher (Senior Director of Global Real Estate Design for Salesforce)