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.

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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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How Chicago Can Avoid the Looming Global Traffic Crisis

May 15, 2020 for Chicago Tribune

The Pandemic Has Triggered Dramatic Shifts in the Global Criminal Underworld

May 8, 2020 for Foreign Policy

COVID-19 Silver Lining? New Opportunity for Midwest’s Smaller Communities

May 7, 2020 for Global Insight

Urban Governance: Cities in a Time of COVID-19

May 1, 2020 for World Economic Forum

An Opportunity to Build Back Better

May 1, 2020 for Foreign Policy

Chris Hemsworth, Singer John Vincent, Kim Jong-un Rumors

April 26, 2020 for WGN Radio

On Matters of Time and Space

April 24, 2020 for New York Public Radio

The Chris Murphy Doctrine, Gen X Hawks and Gen Z Doves, the Neoliberal Split on China, Cyberpunk, Socialists for Biden | Ep. 45

April 23, 2020 for Un-Diplomatic Podcast

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