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Past Events

Strengthening Regional Economies for a Sustainable Midwest


Ahead of the Cities Summit of the Americas, the Council brings together local and national leaders to explore policy priorities for a sustainable Midwest.

Roundtable Discussion
Matt Watson

We Will Chicago: Economic Development


The final public engagement event in the We Will Chicago series gathers local and international leaders to discuss models of equitable economic development.

Chicago El train
Josh Hild

Commentary & Analysis

A case study in taking a small Chicago company global

ChicagoGlobal by H. Lee Murphy

Plenty of companies around Chicago talk, or at least dream, grandiosely about global expansion. Many never make it. This one did.

Exterior image of the AIT building with its sign in the foreground
Global Economy

Why Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a must-see stop for lovers of the Bard worldwide

ChicagoGlobal by H. Lee Murphy

There is an elite group of people around the world willing to travel anywhere to see Shakespeare well done.

Exterior view of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Global Economy


A Tale of Two Regions: The Economic and Political Importance of Different Paths to Heartland Renewal

Working Paper by Coauthors

The regeneration strategies of the former industrial areas of Pittsburgh in the US and Germany's Ruhr offer lessons for other regions in economic transition.

Pittsburgh Skyline
AP Photos
Global Cities

Upstream Illinois: Strategies to Boost Illinois' Blue Economy

Report by Alaina Harkness

This report by Nonresident Fellow Alaina Harkness offers a blueprint for inclusive growth and innovation in the blue economy grounded in the Great Lakes.

Chicago skyline with Lake Michigan in the background
Johnell Pannell
Global Cities