APA Illinois Chapter

Chicago, IL, United States

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:03 p.m. CST

The Masked Planner

5

As always, Trevor Dick made the show go! Always entertaining and informational.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, noon CST

Dealing with Density: Facilitating the Community Conversation More Effectively Workshop

5

Steve Robles did a particularly good job. Very insightful.

Friday, December 20, 2019, 12:33 p.m. CST

After 30 years, it's time to comply with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988

5

Excellent presenter, very deep dive into materials.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 1:42 p.m. CST

State Assistance with Potentially Contaminated Properties

5

The presentation by IEPA was very informative to planners involved in Brownfield Redevelopment. My presentation on a Brownfield Site in Rockford, Illinois seemed to b very well received, based on the questions, comments and requests for a copy of my presentation.

Friday, November 29, 2019, 11:01 p.m. CST

Ethics Case of the Year

4

This is always a great session. It seems though that there is ALWAYS a problem with the polling technology.

Friday, November 29, 2019, 10:58 p.m. CST

The Death and Life of Chicago’s Suburban Office Campuses

5

Great topic and excellent presenters. This topic as well as Rethinking the Mall should be on the conference program again next year with these speakers or others who have several years' experience with these kinds of rethinking-the-burbs kind of projects.

Friday, November 29, 2019, 10:53 p.m. CST

Imagining a Just City

4

Katanya Raby led this session on her own. While she made a valiant effort the group was too big to accomplish what she had wanted to do. The exercises felt rushed. I really appreciated hearing about the Just City tool and Index for the first time and think that Ms. Raby should a) add another planner or two to her panel that has experience using the tool and b) make sure the group is limited to no more than 20-25 people and that there is enough time to explain and complete each exercise.

Friday, November 29, 2019, 10:46 p.m. CST

The Masked Planner

4

It was obvious the speakers and masked planners put a lot of time and effort into creating this session. The problem was with the microphones and the masks. The audience couldn't hear what the Masked Planners were saying at first. But the speakers acted quickly to avert disaster. Overall it was very funny and informative at the same time.

Friday, November 29, 2019, 10:42 p.m. CST

Creating More Diverse Neighborhoods in Illinois: What Planners are Doing, and What More They Could Do

4

This session was a little dry but the information was important. I wish the speakers had clearly defined some of the key terms and phrases associated with the housing programs they each had studied and reported on, e.g., HUD's affirmatively furthering fair housing initiative.

Friday, November 29, 2019, 10:33 p.m. CST

Re-Thinking the Mall

5

What to do with vacant and under-performing malls is one of the key challenges facing virtually every Chicago suburb. It was really good to hear from these particular panelists because they each have substantial experience and were able to talk about trends over time and what suburban malls might be facing in the future.

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 9:03 a.m. CST

Imagining a Just City

5

I really enjoyed this interactive session! It allowed us to really think about the communities we are from and how they play a part in our views today.

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:59 a.m. CST

Managing Difficult Affordable Housing Situations

5

This session was great! I had heard about this situation and it was extremely informative to hear this story from the actual Planner.

Monday, November 18, 2019, 5 p.m. CST

APA-IL’s Excellent Planning Law Adventure!

4

Attended this activity- did not realize I needed CM credits with my pilot program status.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2:36 p.m. CDT

World Café discussion: How can planners ensure Equitable Climate Resilience in our communities?

5

This was a very engaging exercise. Good questions, good discussion.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2:34 p.m. CDT

Creating More Diverse Neighborhoods in Illinois: What Planners are Doing, and What More They Could Do

4

Good overall content, helpful detail.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 3:01 p.m. CDT

Disability Awareness Training

5

Very thought provoking, I believe this training would benefit many.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 2:59 p.m. CDT

The Benefits of Community Benefit Agreements

5

Interesting concept I had not been exposed to before. I can see the benefits of these agreements especially for disinvested communities.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 1:48 p.m. CDT

Common Zoning Questions Answered

3

bad venue

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:53 a.m. CDT

State Assistance with Potentially Contaminated Properties

5

Excellent introduction to the subject and resources.

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:52 a.m. CDT

Reclaiming Waterfronts for Public Use and Recreation

4

Exposed me to several potential strategies and issues related to waterfront development. Started slow, but QandA was excellent!

Friday, October 11, 2019, 4:14 p.m. CDT

After 30 years, it's time to comply with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988

5

Excellent session with well-organized content and engaging speakers.

Friday, October 11, 2019, 4:10 p.m. CDT

Ready for Takeoff: Steering Your Comp Plan to Implementation

5

Great session with helpful takeaways.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:35 p.m. CDT

After 30 years, it's time to comply with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988

5

Very informative and educational about fair housing

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:34 p.m. CDT

The Death and Life of Chicago’s Suburban Office Campuses

5

Very informative about the transformation of Chicago and its suburbs

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:32 p.m. CDT

Mobile Workshop - Planning for Hospitality: Challenges of Transition and Socio-Cultural Acceptance

5

This session was educational about the culture of Chicago and its geography

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:29 p.m. CDT

Mobile Workshop - Chicago Libraries + Housing: Complex Requirements of Mixed Use

5

This was very interesting and educational.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:28 p.m. CDT

2019 APA-IL Awards Program

5

Information was very helpful

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:23 p.m. CDT

The Masked Planner

5

This session was very interesting and helpful.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:49 a.m. CDT

Speed Planning

4

Good topics this year.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:49 a.m. CDT

Robbins Renewal and Resiliency

3

Would have liked to see the final plan instead of just the concept plan.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 2:50 p.m. CDT

Imagining a Just City

5

Loved how the presenter truly engaged the audience with activities that made the person think and provided methods to take back in future outreach efforts.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 2:41 p.m. CDT

Managing Difficult Affordable Housing Situations

5

Amy Connolly's story is amazing--she should win some kind of award from the national APA.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 1:13 p.m. CDT

The Masked Planner

5

Refreshing approach to discussing legal issues!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 1:09 p.m. CDT

Real Estate for Planners: Mind the (Financing) Gap

3

The information could have been prepared more so with Planners, individuals who may not regularly prepare or review pro formas or may not have a wealth of education or background in real estate finance calculations or terminology. There was not much discussion or focus on "the Gap". I believe this is what Planners, especially those in the Economic Development field, deal with more often when developers are seeking incentives to fill their financing gap. What questions should Planners ask? What should Planners look for in the pro forma? How do we compare an actual "gap" with the community and economic benefits of the develop?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 11:20 a.m. CDT

The Masked Planner

5

These continue to be the best sessions of the year.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 10:30 a.m. CDT

Empowering Communities to set their own Destinies

5

The program was great! For those with downtowns, it was very informative on how to set up long-term programs for revitalization. It's not as helpful for those of us without traditional downtowns.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 8:46 a.m. CDT

PlayBox Planning: Build Community One Gift at a Time

5

Fascinating. Inspiring. A reminder that planning should be a creative endeavor.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 4:26 p.m. CDT

“Weathering the Scorn” – Tips and Advice on How to Effectively Conduct Public Business in the Face of Difficult Citizens

3

Appreciated the YouTube clips to keep things lively.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 4:24 p.m. CDT

2019 APA-IL Awards Program

5

The program is great, Christina is great, it just needs to be shorter. The background info is too much.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 2:49 p.m. CDT

Envisioning Safer Streets Through an Equity Lens

5

I loved doing an interactive activity with so many other planners! It was interesting to be on the other side of things!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 2:48 p.m. CDT

Plan Commissioner Training: Mock Hearing

5

This was really fun and helpful!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:43 a.m. CDT

The 'Missing Middle': From Ideas to Outcomes

3

I would have liked to see more details, such as site plans and architectural plans for the first two projects that were presented.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:42 a.m. CDT

Speed Planning

5

Great way to spend an hour at the conference and gain a broader perspective on the planning profession best practices.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:42 a.m. CDT

Reclaiming Waterfronts for Public Use and Recreation

3

This presentation focused entirely on non-urban river fronts, it would have been interesting to also include the Chicago river.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:41 a.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

Good use of technology to liven up a required course. Excellent grasp of pertinent knowledge and subject matter expertise shown by the exhibitors.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:38 a.m. CDT

PlayBox Planning: Build Community One Gift at a Time

4

Very novel and interesting subject matter.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:36 a.m. CDT

The Masked Planner

3

Challenges with the audio were a significant distraction, should have done a dress rehearsal. Concept was very engaging though.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:32 a.m. CDT

Plan Commissioner Training: Mock Hearing

4

Good session with insightful scenarios. Nice format.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:29 a.m. CDT

Pedestrian Safety, Acceptable Risks, and Public Health Equity in US Cities

4

Good session. I liked the analytics and that it was relevant to Chicago comparing natational data.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:09 a.m. CDT

Mobile Workshop - Planning for Hospitality: Challenges of Transition and Socio-Cultural Acceptance

5

The Mobile workshop was comprehensive, educational and interesting. It included visiting institutions affecting immigration and entrepunerers. It was well organized, useful and included both theoritical and practical experiences in planning. Also ended with snacks for participants!

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