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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J. Thomas Chapin: Batteries as the Base of the City

July 1, 2019 for Global Insight

Mind the Knowledge Gaps: What Global Conferences Bring to Light

June 26, 2019 for Global Insight

Epa’s New Rule Replaces Obama’s Key Climate Change Plan

June 20, 2019 for WBEZ 91.5

To Understand American Political Anger, Look to ‘Peripheral France’

June 12, 2019 for CityLab

How Cities Can Build Better Urban Transit Systems

June 7, 2019 for WBEZ 91.5

Why the World's Mayors Are Stepping up on Global Issues

June 6, 2019 for Chicago Tribune

Ivo Daalder on the 2019 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

June 6, 2019 for WBEZ 91.5

Trade Wars Are Not the Way to Midwestern Voters' Hearts

June 4, 2019 for The Hill

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