APA-IL Pro Bono Program selects 2 projects for 2020.

Updated: Jun 30

The APA-IL Pro Bono Services Program is excited to announce the 2020 recipients of Pro Bono Planning Services! Stites Township Park District and Calumet City, IL. Please read the project descriptions below and learn how you can participate as part of a project team.

A special thank you to the volunteer application review jury:

  • Valerie Berstene

  • Carol Brobeck, Teska Associates, Inc.

  • Diane Gormely-Barnes, AICP, HNTB

  • Tim Gustafson, AICP, Epstein

  • Cristen Hardin, City of Collinsville

  • Navjot Heer, Latent Design

  • Caren Kay, AICP, SB Friedman Development Advisors

  • Erika Sellke, AICP, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Project Teams are forming now!

If you are interested in participating as part of the project team for Stites Township or Calumet City, make sure you sign up for the Talent Bank. If it’s been a minute since you first signed up, update your information today!

Stites Township Park District

Brooklyn, IL

The APA-IL Pro Bono Services Program will provide assistance to the Stites Township Park District to kick-start planning efforts to redevelop/renovate an existing building, formerly a skating rink, to  be used as a Community Center.


The Program will partner with Stites Township Park District to implement a public engagement plan, which will provide the basis for conceptual development plans around the community's consensus for desired site improvements, resources/uses, and programming. The Program will develop the conceptual plans, provide a preliminary cost estimation, and provide a roadmap of tasks for continued planning efforts. These efforts will assist Stites Township Park District with budgeting and fundraising, and provide planning support for a future Illinois Department of Natural Resource (IDNR) PARC grant application.


Are you interested in becoming part of the project team? Areas of expertise that may benefit this project include:

  •   Architecture/Site Planning/Cost Estimation

  •   Public Outreach & Engagement Solutions

  •   Urban Design/Landscape Architecture

  •   Parks & Open Space Design/Planning

Click here to update your information or sign up for the Talent Bank.

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Calumet City, IL

The APA-IL Pro Bono Services Program will work with the City of Calumet City to kick-start planning efforts for the First Ward. The goal of the Program will be to provide a community visioning event for the First Ward to serve as the foundation for future planning efforts. Outcomes of the visioning event will provide the basis for community consensus going forward, functioning as a roadmap for future projects and initiatives. 


Are you interested in becoming part of the project team? Areas of expertise that may benefit this project:

  • Public Outreach & Engagement Solutions

  • Bilingual (Spanish) Planners

  • Land Use Planners

Click here to update your information or sign up for the Talent Bank.


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