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May 12: Discuss the future of our communities at an “On the Table” event


The Chicago Community Trust will commemorate its 99th anniversary with On the Table, a large-scale, momentous event unlike any other in Trust history. It will bring together thousands of Chicagoland residents on one single day, May 12, 2014 at multiple locations, to share a meal and participate in civic-minded conversations about the future of our communities.

South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association Executive Director Ed Paesel will be hosting an On The Table event over lunch at SSMMA offices May 12, 2014 from noon to 2 p.m. In addition to several SSMMA staff and local officials, we would welcome others to share in one of our two table discussions on a workforce for advanced manufacturing in the Calumet region or transportation and infrastructure for the future. For more information about SSMMAS’s table(s), please contact Linda Pendleton at 708-922-4680 or

The Chicago Community Trust officially launched On the Table in mid-February. The goal is 10,000 individuals at 1,000 mealtime conversations hosted by Chicagoans like you. On the Table hosts and guests will discuss and define specific ways that we can all work together to build strong, safe, secure and economically viable communities. We hope you join us.

“What does it mean to be a host?” It’s pretty simple: You take the lead in determining a location and meal for your guests for your mealtime conversation on May 12. You can hold your conversation wherever you want and serve whatever you like—from a restaurant, catered or home-cooked meal to a picnic, barbecue or potluck. We encourage you to be creative. The Trust will provide each host with a discussion guide and resources to help foster free-flowing, productive conversations.

“Who do I invite?” Whomever you like. Friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. If you’re feeling adventurous, they can choose guests for you from members of your community who have indicated they would like to participate as a guest. With conversation at the heart of this project, they recommend a maximum of 10 at each gathering.

“What else is expected of a host during and after my On the Table gathering?” The Trust would like to hear the issues and ideas discussed at your gathering and encourage all participants to share insights, photos and videos on social media channels. They will send every participant a simple e-mail survey to learn more about their experiences and related topics.

If you’re on board to be one of our hosts, please visit their website at to enter your name and e-mail address. They will then follow up with you via e-mail to complete your registration, set up your custom event page on our website and view host resources.

As the Trust approaches their second century of service, their mission remains the same: to strengthen and empower our community. Their responsibility is to forge a more inclusive public square, where each resident takes part in imagining and building a prosperous Chicago region. They look forward to hearing the ideas and bold solutions that come from your table. If you have any questions, please contact the Chicago Community Trust project outreach team directly here:


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