People with disabilities represent the world’s largest minority group and in Chicago’s 2000 census, this group made up 23 percent of the city’s total population. Chicago is a world-class city known for its rich transit networks, public parks and open space but how well do these amenities serve people with disabilities? People with disabilities often encounter poor access to public transit and public spaces that create social barriers.

Since the passage of Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago, stakeholders in the region have made notable strides to create public parks and public transit that are more accessible to people with disabilities, including Millennium Park, Chicago Park District and Chicago Transit Authority. In this city of thought leaders, innovators and community builders, there are certainly more ideas to realize and improvements to achieve to integrate people with disabilities into public transit and open spaces.

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council for a panel discussion where we will celebrate advances over the last 25 years and explore opportunities to make two of Chicago’s greatest public assets, transit and parks, more accessible for people with disabilities.

Speakers include:

  • Jack Catlin, Partner, LCM Architects
  • René David Luna (moderator), community organizer/activist for people with disabilities, Access Living
  • Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

The program begins at noon, with brief presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Seating will be limited, so register today!