Net Impact Chicago with round logo

July/August 2023 Newsletter:  A Happening Summer and Farm Tour 7/28!

Greetings, Net Impact Chicago (NIC) Community!  Summer 2023 is in full swing in Chicago.  Recent extreme weather events remind us that the sobering effects of Climate Change are here – and need urgent action.  Yet, we also take joy in our natural environment, each other, and many outdoor happenings.  Please see below for some great reads, actions, and events!


Net Impact Chicago held a Weekend Social on June 3rd!

We kicked off summer with our friends at Chicago Environmentalists. It was a great event to connect with other individuals from the environmental and impact space. The rooftop at Time Out Market was the perfect spot. Conversation ranged from careers to cold beverages to composting. Stay tuned for more NIC and partner events!


Chicago Mayoral Transition Team Report:  What are the implications for the community?

The City of Chicago has a new Mayor, Brandon Johnson.  Recently, his transition team composed of over 350 contributors released a report  “Building Bridges and Growing the Soul of Chicago: A Blueprint for Creating a more Just and Vibrant City for All.” 
Whether we live in the city or suburbs; whether we are in the private, public, nonprofit, volunteer, or informal sectors, the issues of co-governance and intersectionality are key themes in achieving a more equitable, prosperous, and safer metropolitan area.  We encourage all Net Impact Chicago community members to think through how they can advance dialogue and action in their respective capacities.  More on this in local media.


Design Museum / Delta Institute panel talk: "Responsibility of Design for the Future" - Tue. July 25, 6 - 8:30 PM

Our built environment is a designed one.  But designed by whom and for whom?
Hosted by our friends at the Design Museum of Chicago and their active Auxiliary Board, this free panel discussion will highlight the ‘future of design’ and the responsibility of Design/Designers to address climate and social issues
- Why the future of design should be embedded in a ‘community-led, design-followed’ action
- What and how climate change efforts are borne out of communities – and why this is an important model
- How data is: used in research, as a visual and aural representation of climate impact, and as a way to understand the effect on our surroundings
Panelists will include:
Bill Schleizer of the Delta Institute
Petra Bachmaier of Luftwerk, exhibiting artist
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
Event Cost:  Free!  But RSVP as space is limited.
Location: Design Museum of Chicago, 72 E. Randolph St., Chicago IL 60601
Details and RSVP:  here

Youth-Led Urban Farm Tour in Grant Park - Fri. July 28, 4:45 - 5:30 PM

Good food and food growing skills are too important to be left to Industrial/ Big Ag companies alone!
Our friends at the award-winning nonprofit Urban Growers’ Collective are hosting tours throughout July of the urban farm at Grant Park in Downtown Chicago.   Established in 2005, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, this farm is located near Buckingham Fountain. The farm serves as a prime example of local urban agriculture and innovative youth programming. Teens from across the city will share more information about Urban Growers Collective’s work and how they grow an abundance of vegetables, culinary herbs and edible flowers in a beautiful and productive way throughout the summer.
Net Impact Chicago community members plan to attend the Friday July 28, 5 PM tour.  Join us then!  Please RSVP directly to the organizers here, and look for the folks wearing a Net Impact logo button!  If desired, we can then adjourn to a nearby spot for bites and beverages or take in another adjacent free event.
Event Cost: Free!  But please RSVP.  Early arrival is recommended.
Location: Urban Growers Collective, 119 East Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60604 (see map)
Details and RSVP: here

  • It’s time to do more about Climate Change at all levels (Sun-Times Editorial)
  • Chicago should lead the way in turning industrial wastelands to green spaces (Sun-Times guest column)
  • As Big Box Stores Close, Can Community-Led Grocery Stores Fill the Void? (City Bureau)
  • What SCOTUS' affirmative action ruling means for Illinois colleges (Axios Chicago)
  • The biggest six pension funds would have made $20B more if they had divested from fossil fuels ten years ago (U of Waterloo, Canada, paper)
  • Video:  Global industrial policy, state capacity, macrofinance, and the green transition (The Polycrisis)
Curated event list in date order.  Free and In-Person unless denoted otherwise and by “$$”.  Inclusion in this list does not always imply endorsement.   More info at the respective links.  Please observe any applicable health and safety precautions.

Thu. 07/20
 - BIZ - Business Services Collective for Minority/ Disadvantaged Builders/ Developers @ W. Side.  RSVP
 - BIZ - Chicago Transit Authority Building Small Businesses Celebration @ W. Loop.  RSVP
 - BIZ - Conscious Capitalism Webinar [ Employee Experience & Stakeholder Orientation ] RSVP
 - Tech in Motion webinar [ Designing Inclusive Tech ]  RSVP
 - CIV - Schumacher Ctr Webinar [ Convivial Tech for Livelihood ].  RSVP
 - CIV -CoGenerate Webinar [ Cogenerational Efforts to Fight Poverty ].  RSVP
 - BIZ - NICAR Walking Tour of The Terminal Adaptive Reuse Project @ W. Side.  RSVP
 - CIV - CUE/ Alternatives panel talk/ reception "Cocktails and (nonprofit) Complicity" @ Loop.  RSVP

Fri. 07/21
- EDU - C2ST workshop [The Truth is Out There: The Impact of Science Disinformation] @ UIC.  RSVP

Sat. 07/22
 - CUL - 2023 CRR19 Bike Ride to commemorate Chicago Race Riots of 1919 @ S. Side.  RSVP
 - EDU - Chi. Conservation Corps seminar [ How to Compost in Chicago ] @ NW Side.  RSVP

Sun. 07/23
 - CIV - Sunrise Chicago Green New Deal Campaign workshop (lunch included) @ W. Loop.  RSVP
 - HPF talk [Calumet river: Draining the South Area of Chicago] @ Pullman.  RSVP $$
 - EDU - Evanston Green Home/ PassiveHaus Tour @ Evanston, IL.  RSVP
 - SOC - Blacks in Green Ice Cream Social at the Emmett Till House on occasion of his birthday @ S. Side. RSVP

Tue. 07/25
 - BIZ - UKG/Trusaic Pay Equity & Transparency Trends lunch & learn @ Rosemont, IL.  RSVP
 - CIV - Design Museum/ Delta Institute panel talk [Responsibility of Design for the Future] @ Loop.  RSVP

Wed. 07/26
- BIZ - IGA/ BOMA Commercial Bldg. Decarbonization Summit 2023 @ Loop.  RSVP $$.  Use Discount code IGA23 for half off
- NAP/ ASBN Webinar [Tribal Nation and Native-led Bison Restoration & Economy]  RSVP
 - SOC - Chicago Climate Connect Career Networking @ River West.  RSVP

Thu. 07/27
 - EDU - IL Green Alliance Webinar [Portfolio Level Transformation: Operational and Embodied Carbon Reduction] RSVP
  - BIZ - WRISE panel talk/ reception [ESG Finance & Policy Incentives for a Sustainable Future] @ W. Loop.  RSVP $$
 - SOC - Friends of the Parks (FotP) Office Warming Party @ Loop.  RSVP
 - SOC - The Wolf and the Bee anti- harassment/discrimination Fundraising Professional Happy Hour @ W. Loop.  RSVP

 Until Fri. 07/28
- CIV - free tours of Urban Growers Collective’s "Art on the Farm," located in Grant Park, led by high school youth.  RSVP

Sat. 07/29
 - CUL - ARTWORKS photo exhibit/ talk opening reception [ Deported: An American Division / A Family Divided ] @ Far N. Side.  RSVP
 - CIV - Rogers Park Garden Walk/ Tour @ Far N. Side.  RSVP

Sun. 07/30
 - CUL - Chicago Fair Trade Plant Swap & eco-fair @ Near Northside.  RSVP $$

Tue. 08/01
- BIZ - TechNexus lunch roundtable [Navigating the New Era of Workplace DEIB Post SCOTUS Ruling] @ Loop.  RSVP

Wed. 08/02
 - FoodTank online food policy Summit: 'Empowering Eaters: Access, Affordability, and Healthy Choices'. RSVP
 - BIZ - ACB/ Hatchery West Side Business Connect networking session @ W. Side.  RSVP

Sat. 08/05
- CUL - Austin Green Team hosts 2023 Garden Walk @ W. Side.  RSVP

Tue. 08/08
- BIZ - AIA Young Architects adaptive reuse building tour [The Salt Shed] @ Near North.  RSVP $$

Thu. 08/10
- CUL - Third Space hosts Creatives & Conversation forum @ Lakeview.  RSVP

Tue. 08/15
- BIZ - Plant Chicago Circular Small Business Networking @ S. Side.  RSVP

Sat. 08/19
- SOC - Chicago 47th Ward EcoFest Social @ NW Side.  RSVP

Fri. 08/25
- EDU - Next Economy Webinar on designing "a values-driven life".  RSVP $$$

Tue. 08/29
- BIZ - IL Black Chamber of Commerce Reimagine Business Expo and Job Fair 2023 @ Des Plaines, IL.  RSVP

Wed. 09/06
- BIZ - Diversity Career Fair @ Mag. Mile area.  RSVP

09/26 - 27
- BIZ - SOSV Climate Tech Startup Summit - free & virtual. RSVP

Thu. 09/28
- CIV - IL Latino Leg. Caucus 2023 RAICES Public Policy conference 2023 @ W. Side.  RSVP

10/05 - 06
- BIZ - City of Chicago Treasurer's Office Career Fair and Summit @ UIC.  RSVP

10/11 -12
- BIZ - Chicago Build 2023 Construction/Design expo features sessions on green building and industry diversity @ Bronzeville.  RSVP

- FBC Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Show - Chicago Fashion Week @ Mag. Mile.  RSVP $$

Thu. 10/19
- BIZ - IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) Business Expo 2023 @ Navy Pier.  RSVP


Are you looking to get more connected to the impact community? Joining the Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team is a great way to network with others in the space while showcasing leadership and management skills.
Check out our open positions and apply today!

Open Positions:
Blog & Newsletter Chair
Event Operations Chair
Apply Now

Contact our Leadership Team at with any questions.

Have ideas for events / programming you’d like to see from Net Impact Chicago?
There are so many possibilities for events and programming that we may not have considered! Your thoughts are very important in determining NIC’s programming, so please reach out to with any ideas for speakers, local organizations that align with NIC’s mission, interesting things you have worked on, etc!

Did you know that Net Impact Central has materials to aid impact-related career and job seekers in their efforts?  Check out these resources online today, including a nationwide job and internship board and blog!
Stay connected by following us on:
Questions or comments? Reach out to our Leadership Team at  
Copyright © 2023 Net Impact Chicago Professional Chapter, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website or event registration form. 


© Net Impact Chicago
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software