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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 Director - Brandon Nolin, AICP, Houseal Lavigne Associates

Assistant Director - Kimberly Morris, City of Chicago

Secretary - Nyabweza Itaagi, Grow Greater Englewood

Treasurer - Justin Keller, Metropolitan Planning Council

Past Director - James Testin, AICP, Cullinan Properties, Ltd.

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


CMS Program Presentation Archives


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APA-CMS May Program: New Ideas in Suburban Transit. May 15, 2019. (photo by Christina Bader, AICP)