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The power of research: 

GCI offers bold solutions for urban problems

For improving the quality of life in our cities & regions

The Great Cities Institute (GCI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago:


  • Produces Research on Urban Issues: Promotes research on complex issues facing today’s urban communities.

  • Serves As A Research Hub: Provides service to the community through sponsorship of community engagement and technical assistance projects.

  • Facilitates Ongoing Dialogue: Acts as a convener through educational programs that facilitate community and university dialogue on today’s urban challenges.


Our Goal:  Improve the quality of life of residents living and working in Chicago, its metropolitan region, and cities throughout the world.


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