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Last chance to weigh in on Chicago's Cultural Plan

Tiffany Dome, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center (Flickr/Duncan)

Tonight is the last town hall seeking public input on Chicago's draft cultural plan.

This is Chicago's first plan in about 25 years, which might explains its length. It has more than 200 initiatives, ranging from developing a South Side museum campus, to donating vacant land to arts and culture groups.

Any items that do make it into the final plan – due this fall – could well set the city’s cultural agenda for years to come.

So the city’s seeking input – Tuesday night is the last of four public meetings since a draft was released in mid-July.

The format is tight. Participants first vote on the plan’s top ten priorities, using portable devices, then break into groups to discuss specific initiatives in detail.

In a previous meeting, some proposals generated debate and confusion, including plans to overhaul arts education at Chicago Public Schools and to “thematize” city parks.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 W. Randolph Street, in the Loop.

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