Connect Chicago aims to increase the digital and technology skills of Chicago residents so they can better engage in Internet, economic, and civic opportunities. Like many cities, Chicago still experiences lower Internet use in low-income neighborhoods. A recent survey found that of the five most populated cities in the United States, Chicago is last in connecting low-income households; 52 percent of households making less than $35,000 have no Internet access. The MacArthur-supported program will provide coordination and community-building across city programs, invest in digital training programs that are accessible to every resident, and support new, promising approaching to digital training and connectivity.
Community & Economic Development
The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.