Building Culture Through Innovations in Civic Tech

Event Details



The event will take place at the University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The easiest way to get there from both Midway Airport and O'Hare Airport is to take a taxi or ride share. 

The venue is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. 

The address is: 

1452 E. 53rd Street

Chicago, IL 60615

We are pleased to announce that RISE and the Joyce Foundation have generously supported this event by co-sponsoring a reception for all of our guests on Monday night. The reception is about a 15-minute walk from our venue on the U of C campus, and will begin at 7:00pm. Refreshments and hot hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

The address for the reception is:

Saiah Hall SHFE 201

University of Chicago

5757 S. University Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637



On Monday, we'll work to build a shared understanding of the state of our political culture and civic climate. We'll explore lessons learned in 2016, the opportunities presented by this moment, and consider shared challenges to building a culture of civic engagement. Sign-in begins at 8:30am, and our program will kick off promptly at 9:00am. We'll wrap up by 6:00pm, before heading to the evening reception. 

On Tuesday, we'll explore ideas for how we might address these challenges as a movement. We'll work in project teams to discuss the potential we can seize through collaboration. We'll again begin promptly at 9:00am, and close the day at 4:45pm so that you can catch your flights out of town.  Click the buttons below for the complete agenda.



If you RSVP'd through our form before February 3rd, and indicated that you would like a hotel room provided by CHORUS, then you are staying at the Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center in Hyde Park on both Sunday and Monday nights. You'll be just around the corner from our venue at the Polsky Center.

*Please note that breakfast is included in your stay. We will have coffee and tea upon your arrival to the Polsky Center, but you should fuel up at the Hyatt Place before making your way to the venue.

The address is:

5225 South Harper Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615



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