Global cities increasingly shape our world – not only the global economy but its ideas, culture, and policies. On the front lines of the world’s greatest challenges, cities are driving the most innovative solutions. Their influence transcends national borders.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a leading center for studying the influence of cities in solving global challenges and shaping the world’s future. With over a decade of research and programming on global cities, the Council examines the policies needed to be successful, identifies global best practices, connects leaders, and provides concrete recommendations to decision-makers.

Research and Digital Interactives

The Council publishes original research and produces digital interactives on topics such as the foreign policy of cities, the role of cities in global governance, inclusive societies, climate change and the environment, security and safety, migrant integration, and economic competitiveness.

Experts and Fellows

Resident and nonresident fellows contribute to the Council’s expertise by authoring blogs and commentaries, peer reviewing reports, developing podcasts and interactives, and presenting Council research on critical platforms.

Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

Hosted in partnership with the Financial Times, this three-day international conference brings together leaders in business, civics, education, and the arts for a cross-sector dialogue on the influential role cities play in solving critical global challenges.

Year-Round Programming

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.

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Migrants Need Cities, Cities Need Migrants

December 10, 2019 for ISPI Report—The Century of Global Cities: How Urbanisation Is Changing the World and Shaping our Future

100 Years On, Gas Taxes Need Reform

November 19, 2019 for The Boston Globe

Chicago’s Ambitious Transformation Is Possible. The SDGs Can Help.

November 6, 2019 for Global Insight

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

October 2, 2019 for Fair Observer

Cities Are Advancing the SDGs Through Collective Action

September 25, 2019 for Smart Cities Dive

Has Economic Globalization Helped Great Lakes Cities?

September 20, 2019 for Global Insight

Cities Could Be Our Best Weapon in the Fight against Climate Change

September 12, 2019 for World Economic Forum

Global Cities Begin to Shrink as Inner Areas Empty Out

August 25, 2019 for Financial Times

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