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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August 21, 2021

DiscoverE works to ensure people everywhere understand how engineers, technicians, and technologists make the world a better place. Thirty years ago, we were the first to call on the engineering community to volunteer in local schools and help young students discover engineering. Now we lead a growing volunteer and educator movement recognized worldwide.

DID YOU KNOW… 86% of educators and volunteers say that DiscoverE’s programs and  resources are essential to their ability to engage students in engineering.

Download the 2021-2021 Program Handbook…

July 31, 2021

Designing A Waste-Free City: An Overview

Imagine a city 100 years in the future that generates no waste and no pollution. Is this even possible? If we look to the natural world, the answer is yes! In nature, one organism’s waste is another organism’s food. Nutrients and energy flow in a cycle of growth, decay, and reuse. This is called a circular system.
Today’s built world works as a linear system (think of it as a straight line, rather than nature’s circle). This linear system follows a path of taking natural resources, making products, using them, and then throwing away…

April 11, 2021

Experience all the fun and excitement of the 2021 Future City® Finals Awards Celebration from April 7, 2021! Meet the top 5 teams, watch the special awards announcements, and enjoy the reveal of this season's grand-prize winner! 

Houston Region Wins Grand Prize At 29th Annual Future City® Competition

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A city of the future – SIDRA-XIV – engineered by students from Al-Hadi School of Accelerative Learning in Houston, Texas –…

March 6, 2021

Congratulations to the all of the students who participated in the 2021 Future City Competition!  It was an interesting exercise this year going full virtual due to the pandemic; however, it was well-done and with great enthusiasm and collaboration by the student teams, educators, parents, mentors, judges, and volunteers.  Thank you all!

2021 Future City Competition Winners!   

1st – Novis, Wood Dale Jr. High

2nd – Lunar York, Montini Catholic School

3rd – Artemis, Queen of All Saints School

4th – Notre Luna, Alexander Graham Bell School…

February 27, 2021

High praises for all of the teams today. Going virtual with breakout rooms. Thank you to the students, teachers, educators, parents and over 100 judges who participated today. 


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February 26, 2021

Wishing the student teams the very best tomorrow as they compete in the regional Future City Competition - State of Illinois. This year's theme 'Living on the Moon.' The winning team moves on to the National Competition in Washington, DC next month.

Check out the video here.

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School Team
o Alexander Graham Bell School Notre Luna & Selene City
o Lincoln Hall Middle School Luna City
o Montini Catholic School Luna York
o Queen of All Saints School Artemis
o St…

February 22, 2021

DuPage Area STEM Expo

The DuPage Area STEM Expo, in conjunction with National Engineers Week, is a specialized event designed to promote the awareness of professional and educational opportunities provided among engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Check out the 37th Annual DuPage Area STEM Expo hosted by Illinois Tech College of Computing! Click the Presentations Tab to find LIVE events (registration required), Recorded presentations, and Hands-on activities. Find even more Hands-on activities on the National Engineers Week tab that can…

January 24, 2021

Future City Competition

.The deadlines for the four deliverables and live Q&A event are:

  • City Essay – Jan. 22, 2021
  • Project Plan – February 5, 2021
  • City Model Slideshow – February 8, 2021
  • City Presentation Video – February 15, 2021

Plus - City Question and Answer – February 27, 2021

  • The next submittal is the Project Plan (10 points) needs to be submitted by Feb. 5, in 2 weeks.
  • The City Essay needed to be a maximum of 1500 words that describes the unique attributes of…
November 8, 2020

Are you a Future City team member? Astronaut Ricky Arnold has a message just for you!

NASA astronaut and fellow educator, Ricky Arnold, invites you to blast-off to new heights and design cities that can exist on the Moon. 

Check out this video from Astronaut Ricky Arnold here.

November 8, 2020

Award-Winning Future City Competition

Announces Theme for 2020-21:

Living on the Moon


29th Annual International Competition

Asks Middle School Students to Imagine a City on the Moon

At Least One-Hundred Years In the Future


CHICAGO– In 2020-21, for the first time ever, the program has been adapted to today’s virtual world and both the regional finals and the Future City Finals will take place completely…

September 18, 2020

This year, Future City is going virtual! This means that no matter how educators are teaching and teams are meeting, YOU'LL be able to do Future City and have an incredible experience. Check out this short video to find out more here. 

It's a different competition this year; however, very workable and exciting. Register now- more details here.

If you have questions, contact Don Wittmer at or Deborah Hodges at…

July 23, 2020

Future City has made several adaptations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding the school year and extracurricular activities. Bookmark this page for continued important updates throughout the program cycle!

Picture: 2020 First Place Team- Illinois Prairie Junior High

  • Teams can complete the deliverables in-person (i.e. in a classroom or afterschool program) or remotely (i.e. collaborating online while learning from home). 
  • The competitions (regionals and Finals) will take place online, rather than…
July 23, 2020

29th Annual International Competition

Asks Middle School Students to Imagine a City on the Moon

One-Hundred Years In the Future

Chicago— The challenges of sustained lunar living, while immense, are within our grasp to conceive of and plan for. With the tantalizing concept of permanent human life on the Moon closer than ever to becoming a reality, the award-winning Future City® Competition, now in its 29th year, announces Living on the Moon, the 2020-21 theme for its project-…

May 18, 2020

Don't miss this week's Chats With Changemakers. 

Join DiscoverE every Friday at 11:00 CST to meet engineers who are working hard to make the world a better place. Your host is Tiffany, a Future City Competition alum and current ninth-grader who lives in Texas. Register here.


May 18, 2020

Did you miss this program 'Chat with an Engineer'? Tune in here. 

April 29, 2020

Chats_Week 1 - rectangle.pngDiscoverE Presents: Chats with Change Makers

Join DiscoverE every Friday at 11:00 CT (noon eastern time)to meet engineers who are working hard to make the world a better place. Your host is Tiffany, a Future City Competition alum and current ninth-grader who lives in Texas.

You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars. …

February 3, 2020

A personal follow-up experience from Omega and their participation in the 2020 Illinois(Chicago)Future City® Competition...

"Recently I had the pleasure of volunteering at the 28th annual Future City Regional Competition alongside one of my colleagues, Dan Lowery. I’ve been volunteering at this competition for about five years, and it never ceases to amaze me on how well-prepared and confident these middle school students are," stated Katherine Au of Omega.

January 31, 2020

“MWRD staff participates in the Future City competition to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The competition also motivates me and my work to witness student teams brainstorm and conceive innovative solutions for difficult problems that I struggle with like how to ensure future cities have a reliable supply of clean water. I learn a lot from the future leaders of tomorrow,” said Commissioner Avila.

Click here for more…

January 19, 2020

Congratulations to All!

The state-wide 28th Future City® Competition (Illinois) was very impressive! The pressing issue for the award-winning, project-based Future City® Competition is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow for its 2020 competitions-national and regional. The Univerity of Illinois at Chicago hosted the regional event on Sat., Jan. 18, 2020. Over 200 people prepared for the competition and many activities over the past year preparing for the annual competition. The first-place winning team…