• Special Reports
    "African Americans Navigating Chicago’s Professional Services Sector: Facing Challenges, Seizing Opportunities"
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    “The Future of Economic Development for African Americans in the City of Chicago, 2008-2018”

    In February 2008, the Chicago Urban League, in partnership with Global Business Network, released a research paper that presents four possible future scenarios for African Americans in metropolitan Chicago through the year 2018. Also known as “The Futures Study,” the research paper examines ways of building African American economic development, and strengthening Chicago’s global economic position. League researchers and consultants, with input from industry leaders and professionals culled in focus groups, submitted policy recommendations geared toward achieving the best possible future built around gains in education and economic empowerment.

    To download the executive summary, click here.

    To download the full report, click here.

    “2016 Chicago Urban League Olympic Study”

    If Chicago wins its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, what would the Games mean economically for the African-American community?

    In June 2007, the Chicago Urban League, in collaboration with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, released a special report that examines the economic impact of past Olympic Games on African Americans and the potential impact a 2016 Games on Chicago’s black communities.

    Our findings are intended to provide baseline data for Olympic planners, city officials and African-American businesses.

    To download the executive summary, click here.

    To download the full study, click here.