Designing a Better Chicago

2020 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.

Launching at NeoCon 2020, the initiative will showcase individuals and organizations, public art and programs across the city, inviting residents and visitors to consider the many ways design improves civic life.

Visit the Riverwalk

From June to October, the Chicago Riverwalk will house an ambitious design installation, inviting visitors to enjoy the city’s architecture and waterfronts from a truly unique point of view.

See the 2020 installation

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. test

Learn About the Grants

Do + See

Mar 12, 2020 @ 4:30PM CST


Emmanuel Pratt’s Movement for the Sweetwater Foundation

Located at: The Merchandise Mart

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MAR 12, 2020 @ 4:30PM CST


Riverwalk Installation by Kwong Von Glinow + UB Studio has been Officially Opened

Located at: The Merchandise Mart

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  • Lisa Simonian The Mart/NeoCon
  • Paul Makovsky Contract Magazine
  • 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
  • Zoë Ryan Art Institute of Chicago
  • Stewart Hicks
    Allison Newmeyer Design with Company
  • Lydia Ross
    Nathan Mason Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Yasmin Spiro IIDA