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Community Engagement Principles

As part of Elevated Chicago’s mission to improve the built environment for greater racial equity, climate resilience, public health, and arts and culture, our coalition believes there’s a real opportunity to rethink authentic community engagement.

About the community engagement principles

  • Our ambition is to amplify community power and foster deeper participation and decision-making in the built environment. Our strategy is to distribute decision-making rights to community members interested in the betterment of their neighborhoods through the creation of tools and processes that facilitate engagement and information sharing for people. Community members involvement in working to improve our collective wellbeing is critical, necessary, and will generate better community engagement practices, trust between constituents and government, and strengthen Elevated’s networks.

  • In 2022 we decided to update the community engagement principles to make them more actionable and widely adopted. We asked our colleagues at Duo Development to help us with this task. They have helped us to develop a toolkit that will benefit residents, engagement professionals and developers. We will be launching this kit during the first quarter of 2023. If you are interested in learning more about it, you can email us at