Designing a Better Chicago

  An Annual

of Design + Impact

Designing a Better Chicago shines a light on our city’s extraordinary design legacy—the local talent, assets and community that have long supported civic good through design.

Launched in 2020 with a Design Impact Grant program, the new initiative showcases individuals and organizations, public art and programs across the city, inviting residents and visitors to consider the many ways design improves civic life.

Design for Impact

Who are the innovators and visionaries helping to design a better Chicago? Our annual Design Impact Grant program awards up to $25K to local leaders using design to make a difference.

Meet the 2022 Design Impact Grantee.

Learn About the Grants


  • Lisa Simonian The Mart/NeoCon
  • Paul Makovsky  
  • Jenny Siegenthaler Terra Foundation of American Art
  • Nootan Bharani Arts + Public Life at UChicago Arts
  • Tara Headley Hendrick
  • Bill Beach
    Tanner Woodford Design Museum of Chicago
  • Will Miller Firebelly
  • Maya Bird-Murphy Chicago Mobile Makers
  • Stewart Hicks
    Allison Newmeyer Design with Company
  • Lydia Ross
    Nathan Mason Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Yasmin Spiro IIDA
  • Zoe Ryan Institute of Contemporary Art