Grantee Profile

Metropolitan Planning Council

Grants to Metropolitan Planning Council

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Metropolitan Planning Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that develops, promotes and implements solutions for sound, sustainable growth in the Chicago region. This grant supports a partnership with the Urban Institute to quantify the costs of economic isolation for the city and region, and to develop policy recommendations that lead to more equitable development, that stimulate job growth, and that bolster the middle class. The project will estimate the cumulative costs of residential concentration by income over the next 15 years, given anticipated demographic changes and trends. It will also model an opportunity scenario that tests whether those costs could be lowered if the city were able to achieve a lower level of residential income segregation by 2030. Finally, it will explore whether housing, land use and transportation policies could be better directed to attract a mix of populations in more areas, in order to achieve greater residential integration.

  • $180,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Metropolitan Planning Council tackles regional planning challenges through policy research and community-based projects. Affordable rental housing comprises a small share of suburban Cook County’s housing stock, but the need is growing as businesses relocate to the suburbs, and the recent recession and foreclosure crisis have increased demand. Several suburban municipalities are re-thinking their housing policies, shifting from a focus on single-family homeowners to providing a broader mix of housing options, including affordable rental housing. The Council will use this grant to better align the municipal leadership, housing needs, and public and private resources to preserve the County’s suburban affordable rental housing.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Metropolitan Planning Council is a regional planning organization that serves the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The Calumet region, a 45-square mile area of land and waterways that is metropolitan Chicago’s largest industrial area and one of the most bio-diverse regions of the Midwest, is the subject of significant redevelopment attention. The Council will use this grant to complete an inventory of organizations, projects underway, and the tools and public powers (such as eminent domain and land banking) available to promote Calumet’s redevelopment that will inform efforts to align and accelerate such redevelopment efforts.

  • $150,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — With over half of the world’s population currently living in urban areas, cities are critical players in national efforts to recover from the global financial crisis and implement better policies for better lives. Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council develops, promotes, and helps implement policy solutions to support an economically-competitive, environmentally-sustainable and socially-equitable Chicago region. With this grant, the Council will help convene an international conference of mayor and ministers, to encourage the broadest debate on how best to leverage a city’s assets to foster more environmentally-sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

  • $360,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To participate in The Preservation Compact (over three years).

  • $300,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Regional Action Agenda project (over two years).

  • $700,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of public education and communications related to progress of the Plan for Transformation as it nears completion (over three years).

  • $900,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Regional Action Agenda (over three years).

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — For activities supporting the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation, including public education and communications, developer roundtables, and employer-assisted housing programs (over two years).

  • $470,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support monitoring and communications activities related to public housing (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Metropolitan Planning Council $3,910,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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