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George Lucas turns his attention to Chicago

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On April 17, Mayor Emanuel appointed a 12-member Task Force to recommend a site for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum. The proposed museum will be a groundbreaking institution with a focus on education, storytelling, and technology, and their interplay throughout history.


Civic Consulting Alliance and partners from Downtown Partners Chicago and McKinsey & Company are staffing the Task Force on a pro bono basis. In evaluating potential sites, the Task Force is charged with identifying a location that:

  • Is accessible to all Chicago communities and tourists
  • Has adequate space to host a new museum of comparable scale to other major cultural institutions in the city
  • Maximizes educational, cultural, and economic  opportunities
  • Requires no Chicago taxpayer dollars

Gillian Darlow, CEO of Polk Bros. Foundation, former Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance, and a co-chair of the Task Force said, "When you look at George Lucas' career and interests, he's a man who has broken boundaries and discovered and invented things people didn't think of before. This museum is bound to capture that and be a museum like no other. There aren't museums looking at digital art and the art of storytelling like this. It's a fantastic opportunity for Chicago."


The Task Force will provide its site recommendations by the end of May.


For more information, please contact Brian Fabes.




On screen: the Civic Consulting Alliance experience

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Mode Project


The impact of Civic Consulting Alliance's work extends beyond project outcomes.  Those who work on our teams rise up in their organizations, and those who work on our staff move on to become leaders across Chicago's civic landscape. Our alumni include the President of Harold Washington College, the CEO of Skills for Chicagoland's Future, the CEO of the Polk Bros. Foundation, and the Vice President of Budget, Management, and Capital Finance at the Chicago Transit Authority. Each of these leaders is bringing private sector expertise to solving public sector challenges.


To capture the experience of those who work on our teams and on our staff, Mode Project created seven short videos. The Mode team, which included Colin Carter, Brooks Ruyle, Stefan Draht, Tracy Heropkie, and Mike Greiner, enjoyed learning about Civic Consulting Alliance through the interviews and having the creative space to express in a new way the full picture.



Civic Consulting Alliance - Future Leaders of Chicago



"We consider ourselves storytellers and felt there was a strong story to tell here," said Heropkie.


Tracy Heropkie has worked with Civic Consulting Alliance before to create a previous video. "We didn't hesitate to take on this project knowing the great impact Civic Consulting has throughout the region," she said.
For more information, please contact Asheley Van Ness.



In other Civic Consulting news...  


Re-designing the patient experience


Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) is undergoing a transformation from a focus on caring for patients when they are sick to pro-actively managing the care of its patients in an effort to keep them well. To reflect this transformation in the physical spaces of the ambulatory clinics, Cannon Design is helping CCHHS develop templates for physical changes that will support this transformation. The templates represent an important milestone in planning for the long-term physical environment of the clinics to positively impact both the patient and staff experience. This year's capital investments at the Oak Forest outpatient center will reflect the design suggestions.


For more information, please contact Asheley Van Ness.



Interactive map helps Chicagoans improve energy efficiency


The city of Chicago unveiled a new interactive map tool to help Chicagoans visualize energy usage across the City. Residents can compare their energy use versus other neighborhoods and track the map's leaderboard to see which communities are saving the most money through energy efficiency. The tool also offers tips on what residents can do to improve home energy efficiency.


Civic Consulting Alliance and several partners including ComEd, Peoples Gas, Accenture, Elevate Energy, and Citizens' Utility Board, Datascope Analytics, and IDEO worked with the City to develop the Energy Map tool.


For more information, please contact Brian Fabes.




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