Illinois (Chicago)

Regional Coordinator: Don Wittmer, P.E.

Welcome to Future City Chicago Regional Website

Future City Competition serves 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  Sponsored by DiscoverE, this national program introduces students to engineering with popular Sim City software.  Students design cities with simulation software, build scale models, write essays and give oral presentations on their city's design.  See a step by step guide on the competition that provides a break down of each portion of the competition.

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February 11, 2018

CHICAGO– American Public Works Administration (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter shares its great experience at the Future City 2018 Illinois Competition. We appreciate your continued support – fifteen years strong. Great video! 

This year’s theme was The Age-Friendly City. Future City asked middle school students to respond to and address the challenges in designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students were tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city planning and engineering a framework that enables…

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February 2, 2018

CHICAGO– APWA Chicago Metro Chapter shares its great experience at the Future City 2018 Illinois Competition. We appreciate your continued support – fifteen years strong. Great video! 

This year’s theme was The Age-Friendly City. Future City asked middle school students to respond to and address the challenges in designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students were tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city planning and engineering a framework that enables seniors to remain active and…

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January 22, 2018

CHICAGO–The State of Illinois Future City Competition 2018 announced its Top Five team winners from its Jan. 20th regional competition held at UIC-Student Center East. This is their 26th regional competition which is affiliated with DiscoverE (STEM) and National Engineers Week which will be held February 18-24, 2018.

St. Paul of the Cross School received first place honors for its project titled “Happyville.” They presented many strong elements to support this year’s theme The Age-Friendly…

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January 21, 2018

CHICAGO–The Future City Competition - State of Illinois announced its first place team - St. Paul of the Cross School for its project titled Happyville. This is the fourth time that St. Paul of the Cross School has been selected as the first place team in the past few years. St. Paul of the Cross team prepares now to compete in the in the National Competition in February 2018 in Washington, D.C. during National Engineers Week.

Over 200 students and educators participated in this year’s competition which was held at the UIC-Student Center East on Sat. Jan. 20th. …

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January 21, 2018

CHICAGO–The Future City Competition - State of Illinois  wishes to thank its supporters for the 2018 competition. Your sponsorship provided the opportunity to produce a successful competition. This year’s theme was The Age-Friendly City. Future City asked middle school students to respond to and address the challenges in designing innovative solutions that can serve an urban area’s older population. Students were tasked with identifying age-related issues in their city planning and engineering a framework that enables seniors to remain active and…

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January 21, 2018

CHICAGO–The Future City Competition for the State of Illinois is ready for its Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 event to be held at the UIC-Student Center East located at 750 South Halsted, Chicago, Ill. 60607.  We have over 200 students and educators participating in this year’s competition. Over 125 judges will be evaluating the student teams. Five finalists will be determined at the end of the competition.  We have over 25 Special Awards designated in specific areas. All awards will be presented on the day of…

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November 21, 2017

 

CHICAGO–The Future City Competition for the State of Illinois Competition will be held on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at the University of Illinois- Chicago Campus- Student Center East. This is the 26th annual international competition and the middle school students are asked to envision an urban environment that keeps growing community of older adults active, engaged and independent. The State of Illinois competition has competed every year since the inception of the STEM program.

The regional group competes in the national competition during the National Engineers…

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July 6, 2017

26th Annual International Competition Asks Middle School Students to Envision An Urban Environment That Keeps Growing Community of Older Adults Active, Engaged and Independent

 

CHICAGO–The Future City Competition announces its theme for 2017-2018—The Age-Friendly City. The State of Illinois Competition will be held on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018. This is the 26th annual international competition and the middle school students are asked to envision an urban environment that keeps growing community of older adults active, engaged and…

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January 18, 2017

See pictures from the 2016-17 Future City Chicago Regional Event

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January 10, 2017

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Future City chamption:  Prairie Junior High School, Resurgence Point.  Rounding out the top 5 were:

2nd Place: Franklin Middle School - M.O.T.O.R. City

3rd Place: St. Paul of the Cross School - WonderWood

4th Place: Wood Dale Jr. High School - Kraina Wiatru

5th Place: St. Clair Jr. High School - Vil Mon

We wish Prairie Jr High School luck as they travel to Washington DC to complete against the other regional champions during engineers week for a chance to go to Space Camp.  For a complete list of all winners check out the…

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December 26, 2016

The competition is just a few weeks away, taking place on Saturday January 7th at the University of Chicago Student Center West.  This is the same location as last year.  Mark your calendars and check the directions page to know where you are going.     

Volunteer Opportunities are still available.  Don't miss your change to get involved in this worthy cause.

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December 19, 2016

The Chicago Area Regional Competition is almost here and we are looking for volunteers to help judge and sponsor the event. The competition is occurring in thirty-seven city’s across the nation and provides the students with an exciting hands-on way to learn engineering, math and science with a personal, real world connection. Chicago has been the only city to compete every year since the program began in 1992.

 

We are currently looking for individuals to Prejudge the computer cities (YES YOU GET FREE SIMCITY SOFTWARE!!) and essays along with serving as a preliminary judge…

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December 18, 2016

See a preliminary list of special awards and their criteria that judges will base their selection on.  Make sure you incorporate the criteria into your model so you can take home a prize!  Make sure you check back to see new awards as they are posted.

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October 25, 2016

For more information and to view the webinar resources, click here.

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October 2, 2016

Chicago – The State of Illinois Future City Competition is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016-17. This year’s Future City Competition asks middle school students to address The Power of Public Space and challenges them to design innovative, multiuse public spaces that serve a city’s diverse population. The regional competition will be held on Sat., Jan. 7, 2017 on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. Mentors are needed for teams as they prepare for the competition.

 

Public spaces have…

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October 1, 2016

The 2016-17 Future City Competition is right around the corner and we are currently looking for engineers/scientists to volunteer to be a mentor.  Engineer mentors will work with the students in an advisory role.  They will visit their school 6-10 times throughout the competition, answer questions and guide the students.  Register to be a mentor for the 2016-2017 competition by signing up on our Volunteer Opportunities page or competition by e-mailing Don Wittmer at 

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August 30, 2016

Chicago—The State of Illinois  2016 National Future City® Competition generated ideas and excitement this year as expected at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Jan. 9, 2016.  The first place team, St. Clair Junior High, is preparing to compete in the 2016 Future City National Finals during February 12‐17, 2016 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC.  The top five teams in the 2016 State of Illinois Regional Future City Competition are:  

Ranking        School Name                 Future City Project Name  
5th Place   Immaculate Conception       Pas De…

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June 19, 2016

Celebrates 24 Years of Inspiring Middle-School Students to

Imagine, Design and Build the Cities of the Future

 

Chicago – The 2016-2017 Future City Competition announces this year’s theme, “The Power of Public Spaces,” and asks the Nation’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders to envision urban public spaces of tomorrow. The Chicago Region-State of Illinois competition is open for school’s and organizations to register now. To register and for more information, visit: http://futurecity.…

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April 21, 2016

Chicago Regional Coordinator Don Wittmer was interviewed by WBBM 780. Click here for the interview and full story!

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January 16, 2016

Congratulations to this year's champion, St. Clair Junior High School - Ville Falaise.  They will be representing the Illinois-Chicago region at the national competition held in Washington DC over Engineer's Week.

 

Rounding out the top 5 finishers were (2) Franklin Middle School - Basuratagalog; (3) Prairie Junior High School - Alsip; (4) Urbana Middle School - Urbana Shire (5) Immaculate Conception - Pas De Poubelle.  Congratulations to all teams.  For a complete listing of winners, see the…

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