Illinois (Chicago)

Regional Coordinator: Don Wittmer, P.E.

Final Days to Register for the Award-Winning Future City® Competition - Oct. 31, 2019 - Illinois (Held in Chicago)

CHICAGO The final deadline to register for the 28th Annual Future City Competition is Oct. 31., 2019.  The team registration fee is $25.00 per team.  The pressing issue for the upcoming Future City® Competition is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow for its 2019-2020 competition. Registration is open to middle schoolers for the award-winning, project-based learning experience. The State of Illinois Future City® Competition is planned for Sat., Jan. 18, 2020, at Whitney-Young Magnet School.

The price is affordable so everyone can participate, and there are materials to create and plan your project entry.  With your registration, you will receive two copies of SimCity Software, Program Handbook, a STEM mentor, on-line training, and eligibility for awards and prizes. Each team is permitted a $100 budget to encourage groups to use recycled materials.

Why is this important? According to current estimates, two billion people worldwide – 25% of the world’s population - currently don’t have access to clean water. And that number is expected to double. By 2025, this vital issue may affect as many as four billion of the Earth’s citizens will be living in water-stressed areas. Sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students from across the country and abroad will be asked to identify an urban water system threat and then imagine, research, design, and build a futuristic solution to ensure a reliable supply of clean water.

In the US, over 40,000 students, representing 1,500 schools and 40 regions, take part in the Future City® Competition. Teams present their ideas at Regional Competitions in January. US regional winners then face off at the Future City® Finals with a growing roster of international teams, including those from Canada and China. Taking place in Washington DC, February 15-19, 2020, during Engineers Week, the exciting competition culminates with one team taking home the grand prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for their school’s STEM program (provided by Finals sponsor Bentley Systems).

Major funding for Future City® comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, NCEES, Shell Oil Company, and DiscoverE. Additional program support provided by EA and UL.

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations, and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit

Future City® State of Illinois

The State of Illinois Future City® Competition® is celebrating its 28th year as a regional group in the national competition. The regional competition involves teams, schools, and professionals from Illinois.  In addition to the actual competition, Annual Chicago Engineers Benefit Dinner showcases the top local teams and award winners. For more information, visit our website here or go to

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Deborah J. Hodges, State of Illinois 

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