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CNU Illinois 10: Mind the (Housing) Gap - Filling the Missing Middle for Walkable and Affordable Neighborhoods

The Missing Middle has many housing types: the two-flat, the townhome, the granny flat, the coach home. Together, they support affordable, diverse, and compact communities.


Yet, this critical link in our region’s housing supply is disappearing in some communities -- and it’s not being developed in others. According to data from the DePaul Institute of Housing Studies, two-to-four flats make up 27 percent of Chicago’s housing stock. These buildings serve as the cornerstone of many Chicago blocks, but the city is losing these types at a rapid pace as they are converted to single family homes. Meanwhile, many suburban communities struggle to attract and maintain a diverse population, particularly young professionals and families. With a lack of options driving up the cost of housing, walkable communities are often out of reach.


That's why CNU is hosting Mind the (Housing) Gap: Filling the Missing Middle for Walkable and Affordable Neighborhoods.  On Friday, September 22, we are convening municipal planners, architects, engineers, developers, and advocates to explore how small-scale, locally-motivated, and incremental development can address equitable housing.  The one-day event will feature the following components:


  • Education about the basic components of the Missing Middle housing and its role in supporting and preserving affordability in walkable communities;


  • A keynote presentation by Jim Kumon of the Incremental Development Alliance that lays out the financial and civic groundwork for making small scale development succeed;


  • A walking tour of Oak Park will use the Village as a “learning lab” to document how different housing types have helped protect its diversity and include more affordability;


  • An afternoon panel of experts will dive deep into the design, development and policies necessary to encourage Missing Middle Housing across the region; and


  • A lively pecha kucha to highlight local initiatives working to creatively fill our housing gap and strengthen the network of community-minded citizens that can make it happen.



Paid Event: Registration Required : Members ($40), Non-Members ($60), Students ($25) *Continental Breakfast & Lunch Provided




On The Make: Building Places through Freight and Production


This Program Has Been Postponed. Information On The Rescheduled Date Available Early 2016

Co-Hosted by:

The Center for

Neighborhood Technology

Thanks to our Partner:

Thanks to our Sponsor:

Green Places, Healthy People:

Green Infrastructure as a Public Health Strategy


Thursday, October 22 | 8:30am-11:30am

MCHC, 222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60606


Can the way we build our cities actually improve our own physical and mental health? There can be many negative impacts from traditional “grey” infrastructure including: illness induced from contaminated water and air; security-related issues arising from flooding; physical challenges from lack of exercise and lack of access to fresh food options; and even mental health challenges from lack of contact with nature and with others. In contrast, today there is growing awareness that “green” building strategies can not only benefit the environment but can actually positively impact public health as well. The Green Facilitator, Michelle Halle Stern, will share her research linking the built environment with public health. Luke Leung, Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio at SOM, will discuss how green infrastructure can promote healthier senses. Additionally, Jay Womack, Director of WRD Environmental will present evidence of “Nature Deficit Disorder” and share local built examples of how to combat it. These thought-provoking presentations will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to explore a personal narrative to discover how the built environment can impact human health. USGBC Illinois and CNU Illinois members, as well as non-members, are invited to attend.


8:30am-9:00am | Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast

9:00am-11:0am | Presentations

11:00am-11:030am | Participant Interactive Activity, Closing Remarks



MCHC, USGBC-IL, CNU-IL Member Pre-registration $20 ($25  door)

Non-Member Pre-registration $25 ($30 at the door)

Student Pre-registration $5 ($10 at the door)

To register, please visit our Eventbrite page. Pre-registration ends October 20. Attendance at this program qualifies for one CEU from the GBCI as well as one LU from the AIA and also meets CNUa continuing education requirements.

Co-Hosted by:

The Illinois Chapter of the

US Green Building Council

Thanks to our Sponsors:

For questions about CNU Illinois 8, please email Charles Renner here

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