SITE VISITS

On the second day of the conference, all delegates will engage with urban planning and human rights through site visits spanning various local organizations in Chicago. 

National Public Housing Museum - For those delegates interested in the historical progression of public housing in Chicago and across the country, the NPHM offers just that. Currently in the process of expanding and creating their final project- a museum on the city’s Near West Side inside Chicago’s first federal housing development, built during the New Deal- the current NPHM still offers a multitude of changing exhibits and coordinates with activists on public housing issues of the past and present. Their mission is “to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper.”

Growing Home - For those delegates interested in community-sourced efforts to combat food deserts and resource inequity, Growing Home will prove to be an informative site! Located in Englewood for over 10 years, on the South side of Chicago, Growing Home not only offers access to quality produce for their community but also provides paid jobs and training to those who may have certain barriers to seeking employment elsewhere. 

HighSight - HighSight, a Chicago-based education program, offers insight into the topic of education access and its intersection with urban planning. Started in the 90’s, HighSight has grown from a tutoring program for low-income Chicago students, to an organization which now offers scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, college prep programs and more.

Equip for Equality/Access Living - Both of these organizations have long histories of activism in advancing the rights of people with disabilities in Chicago and Illinois as a whole. They will be leading a joint site visit where delegates will be able to hear from the two organizations on their work in making the city and state accessible to all, especially in regards to transportation. For background, Equip for Equality led a successful class action law suite in the 90’s against the CTA regarding non-functioning elevators to train platforms and bus lifts, and collaborated on a lawsuit with Access Living regarding the shuttles which are supposed to be offered should someone have disabilities that prevent them from using public transportation at all.  Access Living recently filed suit against Uber regarding their accessibility.