The Council regularly hosts speakers, workshops, public programs, and private dinners to inform audiences of pressing issues affecting cities and to share the findings of Council research.


Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • Resilient Chicago Strategy Release
    Michael Berkowitz, President, 100 Resilient Cities; Dr. Julie Morita, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health; Kyra Woods, Lead Organizer, Ready for 100 Chicago, Sierra Club Illinois; Mike Tomas, Executive Director, Garfield Park Community Council

  • Urban Violence in the Americas
    Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance; Verónica González , Chief Resilience Officer, City of Juárez; Alberto Kopittke, Executive Director, Instituto Cidade Segura; Michael Nutter, Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia; Santiago Uribe, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Medellín

  • 2018 Chicago Forum on Global Cities

  • The 2017 Urban Challenge: Global Migration and Refugees
    Akel Biltaji, Former Mayor, Greater Amman Municipality, Jordan; Henry Cisneros, Chairman, CityView; Claudia Gonzalez Romo, Chief of Advocacy, UNICEF; Khalid Koser, Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund

  • The Future Economy
    Phillip Woolley, Partner, Manchester, Grant Thornton; Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President and CIO, United Airlines; Adriana Krnáčová, Mayor, City of Prague, Czech Republic; Gerald Lawless, Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding; Steven Levitt, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; And other participants

  • The Urban Crisis
    Richard Florida, Professor and Author of The New Urban Crisis; Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama; Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls; Denis Mizne, CEO, Lemann Foundation; Claudio Orrego, Governor, Metropolitan Region of Santiago, Chile

  • Cultural Evolution
    Brendan Carr, Lord Mayor, City of Dublin, Ireland; Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal, Studio Gang Architects; Theaster Gates, Founder, Rebuild Foundation, Director, Arts and Public Life, University of Chicago; Mary Miss, Founder, City as a Living Laboratory; Artist in Residence, New York City Department of Design and Construction; Oussama Rifahi, Board Member, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

  • Liveable City, Healthy World
    Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne, Australia; Charles Montgomery, Founder and Principal, Happy City; Michael Nutter, Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA; Fernando Straface, Secretary General of Government, City of Buenos Aires; Jay Walder, CEO, Motivate

  • Open Cities, Closed Borders: A Response to Globalization
    Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sweden; Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Eduardo Paes, Former Mayor, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto, Canada; Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

  • 2017 Chicago Forum on Global Cities

  • Closing Lunch: Climate Change and Global Cities
    Angela Foster-Rice, Managing Director, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, United Airlines; Connie Hedegaard, Former EU Commissioner for Climate Action; Chairman, CONCITO and KR Foundation; Liu Thai-Ker, Senior Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd.; Boris Palmer, Lord Mayor of Tübingen, Germany

  • Young Professionals Networking Reception

  • Combating Violence and Building Unity
    Christiane Hajj, Executive Director, Fundación Centro Histórico; Executive Director, Violence Prevention Program, Carlos Slim Foundation; Robert Muggah, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities; Michael A. Nutter, Distinguished Fellow, Global Cities; Abi Williams, President, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

  • Global Transportation Hubs
    Mike Brown, MVO, Commissioner, Transport for London; Ginger S. Evans , Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation; Desmond Kuek, President and Group CEO, SMRT Corporation Ltd.; Thomas K. Wright, President, Regional Plan Association

  • Win or Lose? Investing in High-Profile Events
    Kara Bachman, Executive Director, Chicago Sports Commission; Lior Meyer, Director, Brand Marketing and Communications, Tel Aviv Global; Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

  • The Inclusive City
    Elizabeth Dozier, Managing Director, Chicago Beyond; Former Principal, Christian Fenger High School, Chicago; Claudio Orrego, Governor, Metropolitan Region of Santiago, Chile; Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America; ​Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Minister for Urban Development and Housing, Hamburg, Germany

  • Redesigning the Global City
    Ricky Burdett, Director, LSE Cities; Peter Kudryavtsev, Founding Partner, Citymakers; LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO); Helle Søholt, Founding Partner & CEO, Gehl Architects ApS

  • Financing the Global City
    François Bergere, Program Manager, Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), The World Bank Group; Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland; Umran S. Inan, President, Koç University; Dan Pelino, General Manager, Global Public Sector, IBM Corporation

  • Opening Program and Dinner: The Power and Limitations of Global Cities
    Chan Heng Chee, Chairman, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, SUTD; Tessa Jowell, Member, House of Lords; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Founder and Chairman, Paulson Institute; Former Secretary, US Treasury; Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Governor, City of Bangkok, Thailand

  • The Foreign Policy of Cities
    Madeleine K. Albright , Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former Secretary, US Department of State; Benjamin Barber, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former Foreign Minister and former Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom; Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague

  • University of Chicago Urban Labs

  • Reimagining Infrastructure | Safer Cities

  • Inclusive Cities | Providing Health Care

  • Emerging Economies | Resource Scarcity

  • Chicago Forum on Global Cities: Opening Program and YP After Party
    Ajay Banga, President and CEO, MasterCard; Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Founder and Chairman, Paulson Institute; Robert E. Rubin, Cochairman, Council on Foreign Relations, and former US Treasury Secretary

  • Global Cities Driving the Global Economy
    Ajay Banga, President and CEO, MasterCard; Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Founder and Chairman, Paulson Institute; Robert E. Rubin, Cochairman, Council on Foreign Relations, and former US Treasury Secretary

  • Defining the Global City
    Richard C. Longworth, Distinguished Fellow, Global Cities


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