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The Chicago Metro Section (CMS) is a sub-section of the full Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association. The CMS covers the seven Chicago Region counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Kankakee, and Grundy.  

Chicago Metro Section Executive Committee

CMS Executive Committee

Section Chairman - Brandon Nolin, AICP, Houseal Lavigne Associates

Vice Chairman - Drew Awsumb, AICP, City of Highland Park

Secretary - Gabrielle Mattingly, Village of Naperville

Treasurer - Justin Keller, Metropolitan Planning Council

Past Chairman - James Testin, AICP, SAFEbuilt

To contact the Chicago Metro Section, please click here.

Executive Committee Documents

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CMS Programs


The CMS collaborates with local planners to develop a calendar of monthly programs each year to provide educational and professional development opportunities for fellow planners, students, and affiliated professionals.  Some of the CMS monthly programs are co-sponsored with affiliated organizations, such as CMAP, UIC, DePaul, and the Chaddick Institute, which reinforces APA-IL’s capacity to form partnerships that help promote the planning field and form connections with other related fields, such as development, real estate, architecture, and design.  In addition to its monthly programs, CMS also works with local student organizations to sponsor networking and mentoring activities, which help up and coming planners break into the planning work world.

CMS Documents

Current Programs, News, and Events



November 6, 2019

With snow on the ground in October, it is time to plan for 2020! APA-CMS will host our annual interactive brainstorming session to plan the 2020 programming calendar. From our monthly programs to the Planners Toolkit Series, next year will be another exciting year for...

October 28, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, its time to plan for 2020! Please save November 22nd in your calendar for the APA-CMS annual programming event! 

From our monthly programs to the Planners Toolkit Series, next year will be another exciting year for the Chicago Metro Section as...

October 28, 2019

Communities of all types are increasingly encountering inclusive growth and equitable development issues. Planners are on the front lines developing innovative new policies and practices to address these issues. CMAP’s recently released On To 2050 plan includes Inclusi...

October 5, 2019

Did you miss the APA-IL State Conference in Evanston last week? Are you in desperate need of more CMs before December? Or did you just fall in love with mobile workshops and can't wait to attend another one? Well, you're in luck! CMS will be hosting an event on...

August 27, 2019

Attention urban planners in DuPage County! The DuPage County Health Department is holding a session on 9/10 to discuss recreational marijuana legislation & vape shops, impacts on DuPage communities, & strategies for policies.

When: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019; 8:3...

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