Thursday, Nov 7th, at 12.15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
Friends of Downtown is the voice for intelligent planning and urban design for downtown Chicago. Founded in 1981, we are recognized as a vital and influential component of the city’s design and building process.
Friends of Downtown directly influences planning and development decisions through debate, public advocacy, and cooperation with other civic organizations. We create awareness of important issues affecting downtown, enabling citizens to develop their understanding and voice their opinions of Chicago’s physical and social environment.
Members throughout the metropolitan area are committed to ensuring that downtown Chicago remains the well-designed, vibrant, economic heart of the city.
Friends of Downtown offers unique programs on the hottest topics to provide members with comprehensive information about city development and urban planning issues that affect the people who live, work and play in downtown Chicago.
Friends of Downtown lets your voice be heard on important city issues. As a contributing partner in the growth and development of Chicago, our representatives provide public testimony before such groups as the Chicago Plan Commission, Commission on Chicago Landmarks and the Chicago City Council.
In addition to the Annual and Awards events, each year, we look at hosting one or two member-only special events or receptions that give people a chance to learn more about Downtown Chicago and meet the people who make up Friends of Downtown.