Does your neighborhood work for you?
What if all Chicago neighborhoods worked for all residents? What if walking, biking, and using public transit were options—available, safe and desirable—for more people? What if everything people needed—including frequent, affordable transit—were within a 10-minute walk from their homes, wherever they lived? These are the questions Elevated Chicago asks and works to answer. We believe that when every community is designed to meet the needs of the people who live there, and when public transit infrastructure is the hub around which activity radiates, then equitable transit-oriented development, or ETOD, is achieved.
Together, we're advancing ETOD
Elevated Chicago is a multi-sector collaborative that promotes more equitable development of public spaces, buildings and vacant land around Chicago’s public transit infrastructure. We focus our work on people—especially Black, Brown and indigenous residents, on places affected by displacement and other forms of inequity in the built environment, and on processes that can repair harms, shift power, spark development, and engage communities.
Year in Review: Elevated Chicago 2021
ETOD pilot sponsor says Equitable Development Ambassador program helped make her vision a reality
What does ETOD look like?
Elevated Chicago prioritizes investments in people, places and processes across the city, focusing on the one-half mile radius around Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Metra stations, and on corridors along selected bus routes.
A city that works for all
We can and must plan and develop cities where people of all incomes can live and thrive within dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, and transit-connected communities.