A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

SuzetMcKinneyPicDear IMD Partners and Friends:

Last November, with the support of Alderman Jason Ervin, three reserved parking spaces were designated for food trucks to legally operate within the District. The partially overturned ban was a huge step toward providing more amenities in the IMD.

I’m happy to announce that last week, in approving the minutes from their January meeting, the Chicago City Council fully lifted the food truck ban in the IMD. This means that food truck vendors who are properly licensed can now operate widely throughout the District, as long as they are not parked within 200 feet of a brick and mortar restaurant. Our staff has conducted extensive outreach to both individual vendors and food truck associations, to inform them of this great news. You can expect to see food trucks operating throughout the District as we move forward.

Finally, I’d like to thank our IMD partners who attended the first two IMD Food Truck Festivals. Despite the cold weather and long lines, many of you packed our lot to help celebrate this new and exciting venture. The vendors were thrilled by the turnout, and we’re told to keep an eye out as they plan to visit us again soon. We also received a good deal of feedback on how we can make these events even more enjoyable moving forward. Stay tuned for announcements on future IMD Food Truck events as we work toward our goal of making the IMD a more thriving environment for the nearly 80,000 daily visitors.


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

 Job Opportunity: American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross has a job opening for the position of Regional Communications Program Manager. The position is staffed at the Red Cross Chicago headquarters, located in the IMD. From the job posting:

“This position is a critical component of the American Red Cross regional team and infrastructure. It is responsible for implementing the communications functions in local markets. It works to raise the visibility of the Red Cross to help communities understand how to access Red Cross services and supports all revenue generation activities of the organization.”

For more information or to apply for the position, click here.

Job Opportunity: UIC

UIC has a job opening for the position of Associate Director for Community Relations. From the job posting:

“…this position is responsible for strategically planning and implementing community engagement and outreach strategies across campus and externally as directed. The position works to maintain collaborative relationships with various community and civic constituency groups and represents the University in an effort to support UIC’s mission of community engagement and service.”

For more information, or to apply for the position, click here.

Chicago Red Cross CEO Wins Women Driving Excellence Award

Celena WODREX On Wednesday, February 15, Chicago Red Cross CEO Celena Roldan was one of five women to receive the  2017 Women Driving Excellence (WDE) Award. The WDE program is a yearly event “honoring trailblazing  women who start, accelerate, fuel and steer others to excellence.” The ceremony took place at the Chicago Auto  Show, and was part of a larger program that included panel discussions and networking sessions.

 In addition to the ceremony, WDE partnered with Chicago Woman Magazine for its February issue, in which this  year’s winners were profiled. IMD Executive Director and 2015 WDE honoree Dr. Suzet McKinney was also  featured in a “Where are They Now” section of the issue. To learn more about the WDE program, click here.

CCAC Young Leaders

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The Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC) is a sixty-year old civic group that is focused on planning and development in Chicago. CCAC and its members have played a pivotal role in positioning Chicago as a global City. The organization hosts monthly lunches with high-level speaker series.

Last year, CCAC launched the Young Leaders tier in order to integrate the next generation of influencers into its important work. The Young Leaders meet quarterly, and get access to exclusive venues and speakers. The first Young Leaders event of 2017 will take place on Tuesday March 7, and will address the development of the Streeterville neighborhood. Among the confirmed speakers are 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and Gail Spreen, Owner of Streeterville Properties. CCAC membership is by invitation only, but individuals or organizations interested in membership can contact CCAC Executive Director Kelly O’Brien.

Chicago CAC "Beyond Words" Reception


On Sunday, April 2, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will host its “Beyond Words” reception to honor survivors of child sexual abuse. The reception will take place at The Public House Theater, located at 3914 N. Clark Street. The event is open to all community members. Attendees who have been impacted by child sexual abuse are invited to decorate a t-shirt for the event’s interactive exhibit, which will also include children’s art.

In addition to the interactive exhibit, the “Beyond Words” reception will feature light refreshments, live music, a poetry reading and a discussion about child sexual abuse prevention and survivorship. To learn more or to RSVP for the event, click here.

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