Connect Chicago

Building the most dynamic digital city in America

Connect Chicago will expand proven community technology programs that promote digital skills and online engagement, cultivating a rich digital ecosystem for residents and small businesses.

As noted in the City’s Tech Plan, Chicago will benefit from the quality of life, employment opportunities and business growth made possible by full participation in the digital economy.




Improve Digital Skills

for residents

Enhance Online Engagement

for families, schools & small businesses

Strengthen Digital Leadership

across the city

Support Access

and increase demand for high-speed internet


Foundation programming has led to

Improved resources at 103 public computing centers citywide

Chicago Public Library CyberNavigators reaching 90,000 people annually

Residents in five Smart Communities being 13 percent more likely to obtain employment or increase net income

33,000 households becoming broadband subscribers

Opportunity to Engage

Partners will benefit from local and national brand awareness through association with Connect Chicago — a comprehensive effort that will be a model for the nation — and be able to deeply engage with communities and leaders throughout Chicago to promote and build digital skills


Chicago Public Library | City of Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology | Comcast | Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC) |
MacArthur Foundation | Microsoft | Motorola Mobility | Smart Chicago Collaborative | Sprint | Clarity Partners

Deploy assets to align with regional growth in

Support emerging & mature sectors in