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The Future of Economic Opportunity

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The opportunity to move up the economic ladder has been a cornerstone of the American Dream, yet research shows that less than 50 percent of Millennials will make more money than their parents. Unequal access to education, employment and critical resources is preventing some individuals from realizing their full potential—and, ultimately, limiting the region’s growth and competitiveness. How can metropolitan Chicago adapt to ensure that the American Dream is obtainable here, and that our economy is thriving between now and 2050?


Alden Loury, Director of Research and Evaluation, Metropolitan Planning Council


Dr. Lazaro Lopez, Chair, Illinois Community College Board

Marie Trzupek Lynch, CEO and President, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

Bhash Mazumder, Senior Economist and Research Adviser and Director, Chicago Census Research Data Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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This forum is co-sponsored by Cook County, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Southwest Conference of Mayors and Will County Governmental League.

Follow #2050BigIdeas on Twitter @ONTO2050 to add your big ideas for the region’s future

The Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium is a short walk from the Homewood Station of the Metra Electric District line, and is accessible via the #356, #359, and #372 Pace bus routes.

The Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium is ADA accessible.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to attend, please contact Katanya Raby-Henry at or 312-386-8628.