About Us

The CivicLab as a physical space is closed. We operated for two eventful years and closed on June 30, 2015.

We are planning to return! If you would like to help us launch CivicLab 2.0 in 2018 contact us. We need an interim home while we make BIG civic plans!

Meanwhile, our civic work continues!

We are proud to announce the launch of The POWER Institute to train people to be effective in public life and to win for justice. See the current roster of workshops at www.powerinstitute.us.The POWER Institute
Over 2,200 people have attended 55 public meetings around our first book: “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve.” It’s a collection of short articles by Chicago experts outlining ways to save and generate MAJOR revenues for Chicago. Order the book by clicking on the image below. Find out more about this civic engagement project at www.wearenotbroke.org.

We have done 51 community meetings explaining and exposing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts via The TIF Illumination Project! Visit the TIF Illumination Project at www.tifreports.com. Over 5,000 people have attended!
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