A request for your proposals

Who can participate

We invite you or your organization to help craft a new Plan of Chicago. This is the Tribune's RFP, a request for your proposals to address the intertwined problems this series of editorials discusses. We'll write about some of your ideas, present others as op-eds and letters to Voice of the People, curate still others in an online gallery and include the most promising in the final installment of this series.

What is the goal

In the spirit of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago, the goal is to address the city's current challenges holistically, not one by one. How, that is, can Chicago's schools better prepare students to join the 21st-century workforce? How can small businesses thrive and offer jobs to more people of all ages? How can corporations, foundations and institutions help restore commerce to city neighborhoods starved for employment?

All smart thoughts are welcome. But the more concrete your proposals, the better. And tell us how you would redeploy current dollars, or raise new money, to fund your suggestions.

Learn much more about this project, read earlier installments and watch the videos online.

How to submit

Please include your name, town and phone number with your proposals.

Email: PlanOfChicago@tribune.com

Mail: Tribune Editorial Board, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

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