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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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.

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…

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.

October 25, 2016

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

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…

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 

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…

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.…

April 21, 2016

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

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…

February 23, 2015

See a Youtube summary video and an extended Youtube Version of the 2014-15 Future City Chicago Regional Competition held at the Univeristy of Illinois Chicago on January 24th, 2015.  Don't forget to check out all our pictures from this year's competition!

January 29, 2015

Read the article posted in in the online section of the Daily Herald on 1/27/15

January 17, 2015

Read the full article full article and see a video clip from the Evanston Review