Chicago seeks public input on new cultural plan

February 2, 2012

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Michelle Boone

The city of Chicago's moving ahead with its first official cultural plan in more than 25 years. It's designed to serve as a roadmap for arts and culture planning.

The city hasn't done a cultural plan since Harold Washington was mayor.

Michelle Boone, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, said she hopes the plan leads to cultural and economic growth.

"We're hoping people will take advantage of the opportunity to be really be bold and think of ideas that are really imaginative in how we can use the arts to stimulate place-making, improving the quality of life for our children, really solidify Chicago's place as one of the top global destinations for travel," Boone said.

The department is holding a series of public meetings to gather ideas. It's also seeking input online at

The city plans to unveil its final cultural plan this fall.