Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, an important cultural and economic center, and a bustling transportation hub. However, the city faces the challenge of an unequal distribution of resources and access to professional opportunities. Chicago has been working to map and analyze local neighborhoods with a focus on vulnerable populations. Officials have also been promoting a strategy focused on high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math education as a pathway to strengthen the city’s digital manufacturing sector and its middle class.

Chicago is developing plans to engage communities more effectively in infrastructure design, including water management. As a city that also faces severe weather, Chicago has developed preparation and response plans for blizzards, emphasizing strategy and coordination among various agencies. Flooding is also a challenge, and while the city has begun to plan ways to divert water from high-flow areas, it still needs to increase infrastructure capacity to deal with the amount of water that falls on a regular basis.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Crime / Violence
  • Economic Inequality
  • Financial / Economic Crisis
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Riot / Civil Unrest
  • Severe Storms
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Structural Racism
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Unemployment

Snapshot of Chicago

  • 2,700,000

    population as of 2010

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