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Downtown Futures Series


Chicago Loop Alliance’s Downtown Futures Series brings recognized urban thought leaders into public dialogues on emerging downtown trends and their impact on Chicago’s Loop. Forums are held three times annually throughout the year.

Ticket sales for this event have ended. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Please email sarah@chicagoloopalliance.com with questions.

The Evolving Public Way 

By its simplest definition, the “public way” is any passageway—including streets, sidewalks, and alleys—that the public uses to move through space. But as cities continue to evolve, the public way is more than a means of getting around—it is an opportunity for meaningful interaction. And in our rapidly changing, technology-enabled world, human interaction is more important than ever before. The public way is the space where what happens upstairs in a high rise meets what happens on the street. In the future, the public way will become places to experience, places to be, and places of new opportunity.

Downtown Futures Series: The Evolving Public Way will explore these ideas from the perspective of an artist who uses the public way as a canvas, a cafe owner who uses it to increase business, and an urban planner who uses it to influence human behavior. Together, they will speculate how the public way will evolve to meet the needs of the Loop of the future.

David Bros, Principal, Gensler


Ernie C. Wong, FASLA, APA

Principal, Site Design Group

Keith "Afrokilla" Smith

Chicago Artist

Tamar Mizrahi

Partner, Goddess and the Baker

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7:30-8 a.m. Registration and Networking
8-9:30 a.m. Presentation

150 North Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606