CDA O’Hare Airport Facilities Tour
YPT-Chicago headed to O’Hare Airport for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the airport facilities! Representatives from the Chicago Department of Aviation led the group on a bus tour of the airside facilities, including the new cargo facility, the fire and rescue training facility, and the Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE). As the bus followed passenger planes along active taxiways and winded around the airport service road, YPTers learned about recent construction and saw the next generation of runways and taxiways under construction.
McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum
YPT Chicago spent a Saturday afternoon visiting the seasonally open McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. A member of Friends of the Chicago River guided us on a 2 hour walking tour, where we learned the history of the Chicago River and the bridges found on the tour. In the McCormick Bridgehouse we explored the gear room and its five-story tower. We then crossed the DuSable Bridge and walked west along the river plazas, finishing our tour at the Vietnam Memorial Plaza.
CMAP ONTO2050 Alternative Futures Workshop
YPT-Chicago engaged in Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) ONTO2050 participatory planning by hosting a CMAP Alternative Futures workshop. During the event, CMAP staff presented different scenarios issued from current trends in regional change and young professionals in transportation provided feedback by voting in surveys followed by broader conversations about specific issues involved in each scenario.
YPT-Chicago thanks to CMAP staff, especially to CMAP’s Outreach Division, for making this event possible. To learn more about each of CMAP Alternative Futures, see:
For the third year in a row, YPT Chicago and YPT International were proud to sponsor the Transport Chicago conference, held on June 9th in downtown Chicago. The conference was attended by nearly 300 people from around the region and the Midwest and featured two great keynote speakers and 12 breakout sessions.
YPT Chicago board member Steve Brown served as the conference president, and YPT Chicago board members Alvaro Villagran, Shane Misztal, and Trina Grieshaber were in attendance as well, joined by dozens of other YPT Chicago members and friends. In keeping with our tradition at Transport Chicago, we raffled off a free YPT annual membership – congrats to new YPTer Katanya Henry of CMAP!
CTA Bus #8 Halsted Pub Crawl
YPT-Chicago celebrated the arrival of Chicago’s sunny and warm weather with a pub crawl riding the CTA Bus #8 along Halsted Street.
We gathered at Simone’s (at 18th Street) for a first round of drinks and lunch. We took the #8 bus towards Randolph St. to stop at the Green Street Local and the Haymarket Pub. From there, jumped back into the #8 bus to reach North Avenue and enjoy the sun at Weeds Tavern’s patio playing Cornhole, Jenga, and having a last round of drinks.
Thanks to YPT-Chicago members and friends who joined us at any of the stops along the pub crawl. It was great to see new and returning faces!
CREATE 75th Street CIP Site Tour
On a cold rainy May Friday afternoon, YPT-Chicago toured Chicago’s CREATE 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project as a sequel to our panel of experts event from 2016. First, participants visited the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO) on Canal Street in the South Loop. At the CTCO participants learned about the history of the CTCO, why the CTCO plays a key role in facilitating planning and communication between rail operators for the successful coordination of rail traffic in Chicago, and glimpse the train tracking monitors for several rail lines in the Northeastern Illinois region. Then, we stopped briefly at the 71st Street Highway rail crossing to visualize the existent conditions of the site. Finally, we put on hard hats and safety vests to visit the Forest Hill Junction, where four freight and two passenger rail tracks cross at 75th Street.
Our special thanks to the experts from CDOT, Union Pacific, and other CREATE 75th Street CIP partners who led the tour and explained the complexities of the project.
– CREATE 75th Street CIP status_map
– CREATE 75th Street CIP 75th St Advocacy Paper
– CREATE 75th Street CIP Design of Existent and Future Conditions: 75th CIP
Evening with Congressman Quigley
Transportation and policy aficionados of all ages gathered at Bar Louie to hear IL Congressman Mike Quigley speak to his experience in the transportation and appropriations sphere, with an emphasis on operating in the current political climate.
For those who missed it, it should come as no surprise that Rep. Quigley has found engaged discussion and compromise to be major components of successful transportation planning and programming. In order to move forward with transportation projects, the importance of finding common ground–rather than refusing to engage with those on the other side of the political fence–was a major message of Quigley’s chat. He also took questions after the event.
Thanks to everyone who joined, and especially to our guest, Mike Quigley, for such an open and informative evening!
Lunch & Learn Webinar on Swedish Transit
Thanks to everyone who spent their lunch break with us to learn about Swedish transit. We had over twenty join us in person to share sandwiches and participate in the live webinar with Lasse Lofquist from Samtrafiken in Stockholm. Several more people dialed in remotely. The 30-minute talk was followed by a great Q&A session conducted via chatbox.
If any of the participants didn’t get a chance to have their questions answered, please send them to email@example.com and we’ll forward them along. Thanks again to Lasse for a great presentation!
It was an evening full of twists and turns as YPTers and friends gathered once again to test their knowledge against that of their fellow transport aficionados at Bar Louie on February 28. The questions were lauded by all and the answers contested by some – sparking some lively debate between teams! Thanks for coming out!
Happy Hour at City Social
Thanks to everyone who joined us after work on Thursday for our 2017 inaugural happy hour! We had a good crowd of 25+ in our reserved area at City Social in the Loop. In particular, we were glad to see so many new faces – friends and coworkers of current YPT members.
Keep an eye out for upcoming events this spring, and enjoy the photos below!
Green Line Pub Crawl
The Fall 2016 pub crawl saw YPT Chicago members and friends cross another ‘L’ Line off their lists!
This time we ventured along the Green line, beginning in the South Loop at one of Chicago’s newest breweries, Baderbrau, and newest L stations, Cermak-McCormick Station. From there, we made our way through the Loop and then west, stopping at Wabash Tap (Roosevelt), The Bar Below (Adams/Wabash), and St. Lou’s Assembly (Clinton) before tapping out.
The day was cold but spirits were warm! In addition to local members, we had the chance to catch up with old members traveling through town.
Till next time!
2nd Annual Student Speed Networking Event
YPT Chicago again partnered with our friends at COMTO, ITE, and WTS to bring you an evening of Speed Networking. On Thursday, October 27th, we brought together transportation professionals and Chicagoland college students for an evening of conversation. The event took place at RTA headquarters in the Chicago Loop.
Informational interviews are a great way to get insight into career opportunities within a given field, and we do them speed-networking style! Students have the opportunity for brief one-on-one or small group discussions with transportation professionals from a variety of backgrounds including engineering, planning, finance, and transit. Students meet with transportation professionals from Chicago Transit Authority, Regional Transportation Authority, HNTB, Chicago Department of Transportation, Amtrak, Alta Planning + Design, HDR, Jacobs, and more.
This was the second Annual Speed Networking Event that YPT Chicago has organized. We look forward to continuing to help students gain an entree into the world of transportation employment next year.
IL Safe Roads Amendment Debate
The Illinois Safe Roads Amendment was a hotly debated ballot item in the 2016 elections.
YPT Chicago was honored to host State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-57) and Ben Brockschmidt of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on the then-proposed amendment.
In a convivial atmosphere at Bar Louie at Dearborn Station, members and guests were able to learn about some of the key points for and against the amendment, get their questions answered, and discuss their thoughts with fellow transportation professionals. Occasional shouts and cheers from Cubs fans watching the game next door only added to the energy.
There was also a before and after audience poll , the results of which show the persuasiveness of both speakers.
YPT Chicago + Shared-Use Mobility Center Summit Happy Hour
This year YPT Chicago was a promotional partner for the Shared-Use Mobility Center Summit.
After the day’s events, we gathered at Public House to discuss the latest trends in carsharing, bikesharing, ridesourcing, microtransit & more with SUMC Summit attendees.
Aside from meeting up with YPT Chicago members and friends, we’re grateful that we were able to get to know so many transportation professionals who had traveled from outside the Chicago area to attend the SUMC Summit.
Looking forward to making this an annual event!
CDOT Bike Tour
YPT members got a tour of Chicago’s nationally recognized biking infrastructure with Mike Amsden of CDOT. This was a behind-the-bollard tour of downtown bike facilities, old and new. YPT members met at 10:30am for a 90-minute tour, followed by lunch, drinks, and a round of Cards Against Urbanity.
CMAP ON TO 2050 Workshop
This planning workshop was in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). CMAP has begun development of the next comprehensive regional plan for the seven counties of northeastern Illinois. The ON TO 2050 plan will address a range of issues, from climate resilience to shared services, transit modernization and highways operations, all of which affect quality of life and economic health of the region’s residents.
At this early stage in development of ON TO 2050, no final decisions have been made about what it will or will not include. YPT Chicago would like to ensure that the big ideas and insights of young professionals on regional challenges and opportunities in transportation are incorporated in the development of this next regional plan, which is why we organized this event.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the HNDB offices in the Loop to give their ideas and feedback, and thanks to Kelwin Harris and Katanya Henry for leading the workshop!
Chicago Air & Water Show
Chicago Union Station Tour
YPT Chicago held another great behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago Union Station on July 14! Amtrak Senior Manager of Facilities Paul Sanders led us through the station to see some of the latest renovations and ongoing projects:
- BRAND NEW First Class Metropolitan Lounge
- BRAND NEW ‘Legacy Club’
- Ongoing restoration of the former Ladies Lounge waiting area
- More spaces on the concourse side
As usual, this was another special opportunity to witness the typical Amtrak & Metra evening passenger train rush from the inside. There is never a dull moment in CUS!
After the tour, YPT members gathered for a round of drinks and appetizers at Dylan’s Tavern. The event was free for members only.
YPT Happy Hour at the ITE Midwestern and Great Lake Joint District Meeting
CREATE 75th Street CIP Panel of Experts
This panel event saw local transportation experts Jeffrey Sriver (CDOT), Tom Murtha (CMAP), Dave Chandler (CNT), and Benjamin Brockschmidt (IL COC) come together to discuss this multi-jurisdictional project to relieve train and roadway congestion. Part of the CREATE program, the project is led by IDOT, FHWA, CDOT, and AAR. The merits and challenges of the project were debated in earnest and sparked conversation among attendees, and we thank our panelists for providing their insight.
The event was held at MakeOffices and Goose Island Brewery provided beverages for guests to enjoy.
The 606 Pub Crawl
Thanks for coming out to good old Bar Louie!
The webinar looked at the Greenroads rating system and some recent case studies where the rating system has been applied and contributed to the success of the project.
Chicago Cultural Center’s STRANDBEEST + Ice Skating in Maggie Daley Park
YPT team participation in the Landmarks Illinois Annual Skyline Council Trivia
CTA Red Line Pub Crawl
12:30pm – Peckish Pig, Howard Stop
2:30pm – Fat Cat, Lawrence Stop
4pm – Sheffield’s, Belmont Stop
5:30pm – Sully’s, North/Clybourn Stop
7pm – Jake Melnick’s, Chicago Stop
1st Annual Student Networking Event
United Control Center at O’Hare Airport Tour
Evening with Joseph Szabo
YPT-Chicago invited members and friends to join us in welcoming CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo for an evening of conversation and drinks. Joe shared some of his experiences in transportation, his transition earlier this year from the Federal Railroad Administration to CMAP, key issues facing CMAP and the region, and was available to answer our questions.
The event took place at the convivial Bar Louie on July 22, 2015.
Metra Electric Pub Crawl
YPT-International Board Meeting in Chicago
Divvy Operations Tour
O’Hare Airport Transit System Tour
Chicago Union Station Tour
Evening with CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld
Divvy Operations Tour
CTA Pink Line Pub Crawl
Load Delivery Logistics Open House
Chicago Union Station Tour
CTA Brown Line Pub Crawl
CTA Kedzie Avenue Bus Garage Tour
YPT Chicago, Illinois ITE, APA Illinois, ILASLA, and WTS Bike Tour
Chicago Union Station Tour
CTA Blue Line Happy Hour
Evening with CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein
YPT-Chicago Kick-Off Event!
Evening with John Norquist, former Milwaukee Mayor