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5/22 - APA-CMS "BYO" Tactical Urbanism: Bring Your Own Ideas! (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

This event is your one-stop for all things Tactical Urbanism in the Chicago region. Co-hosted by CNU Illinois, come with your ideas, and leave with the how-to.

The event will give an overview of the kinds of great tactical events that have been produced in Chicago over the past few years as the movement has gained momentum, and feature speakers who will share their stories of implementing tactical strategies. This includes:

  • Boxville Marketplace: Boxvillle, Chicago’s first street food market and container mall, serves Bronzeville with unique products and services at the 51st Street Green Line. Boxville offers community entrepreneurs engaging and affordable spaces for building enterprises.

  • Chatham “Dining on the 5”: The Greater Chatham Initiative and partners hosted a weekend festival called “Dining on the 5,” which featured tactical parklet structures built from wooden pallets, planters, and seating areas for participating businesses on the 75th Street corridor.

  • Downtown Rockford: Downtown Rockford programmed a set of tactical events meant to attract interest in downtown businesses and activate the streets. This included a parklet program, an event series called Shop the Blocks, and piloting a shared use lane on a wide downtown bridge.

  • CDOT Make Way for People Initiative: The Make Way for People initiative aims to cultivate community and culture in Chicago’s neighborhoods through placemaking in the public way by opening streets, parking spots, plazas, and alleys to new programming and market opportunities.

This event will also introduce you the basics of hosting your own Tactical Urbanism event, complete with information about community partners, budgets, management, permits, build-out, liability, and more. Leave with your own Tactical Urbanism Action Plan for a project in your community.

DATE: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 TIME: 2:00-4:30 PM CST PLACE: CMAP, 233 South Wacker Drive, #800, Chicago, IL 60606

CM: 1.5 CM Credits Approved


  • Michael Kritzman, AICP, Senior Associate, The Lakota Group & Board Member- CNU Illinois Board. Michael is an urban designer and planner with over a decade of experience working on a wide range of project types nationwide. From pocket parks to urban districts to citywide plans, on each project Michael brings a passion for the process of making vibrant and livable places, with an added focus on economic development. As a Senior Associate at The Lakota Group, Michael plays an integral role in the firm’s development master planning, land use and zoning policy, and district revitalization efforts. Michael has also been a proud, card carrying member of the CNU since 2006; and has served on the CNU Illinois Board of Directors since 2014, where he has helped to lead a number of Tactical Urbanism programs and events.

  • Bernard Loyd, Founder & President, Urban Juncture, Inc. and Urban Juncture Foundation. Bernard is founder and president of Urban Juncture, Inc. and of Urban Juncture Foundation, for- and not-for-profit social enterprises focused on revitalizing urban communities. UJ and UJF empower residents to combine private, public, and philanthropic resources with deeply-rooted cultural assets to develop business and social ventures that provide amenities and create local jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. He helped develop Boxville, Chicago’s first street food market and container mall, located in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

  • Doug Farr, FAIA, President, Farr Associates. Doug is the president of Farr Associates a Chicago-based firm of optimistic architects and urban designers who plan and design lovable, aspirational buildings and places. He is a published author who lectures widely on the topics of urbanism and sustainability. Doug was the founding chair of the USGBC LEED-ND Core Committee and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including CNU, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. Doug is the author of Sustainable Urbanism, with a new follow-up, Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future. In Summer 2017, Farr Associates partnered with the Greater Chatham Initiative, the City of Chicago, and CNU to host a tactical pop-up event called “Dining on the 5” for Chatham’s 75th Street business district.

  • Larry Morrissey, Vice President of Government Relations, Marathon Health & Former Mayor of Rockford, Illinois. In May 2017, after 12 years as mayor of the City of Rockford, Larry Morrissey joined Marathon Health as Vice President of Government Relations and Regional Vice President of Sales. In his position, Larry supports employers and communities across the nation pursuing the Healthcare Triple Aim of improved patient experience, improved health outcomes & lower total cost. As Mayor of Rockford, Larry drove a comprehensive approach to employee health and community health. He also advocated for new strategies to activate downtown, including working with Rockford’s River District Association and other city agencies to launch tactical events in 2015, like Shop the Blocks– many of which continue today.

  • Vanessa Irizarry, AICP, LEED AP, Coordinating Planner, CDOT. Vanessa is a Coordinating Planner within the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Livable Streets program. In her role she manages CDOT’s Make Way for People (MWFP) program, working with community groups throughout Chicago in the implementation of tactical urbanism projects from concept development to final permit approval. The City’s MWFP program supports a variety of placemaking initiatives to transform the public way through creative, temporary tactical improvements and cultural programming such as People Spots (aka parklets), People Streets, People Plazas, and People Alleys. By converting underutilized or small sections of the public right-of-way into places for people to sit, eat, and play, the program helps create safe, walkable neighborhoods that support local business and strengthen a sense of place.

P.S. Take your action plan, and turn it into funding! CNU Illinois will host a “Shark Tank” style event in June to fund an organization looking to implement tactical strategies in their community. More information from CNU coming soon!

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