Chicago's weekly event to build, share & learn about civic tech

The Chi Hack Night (formerly known as the Open Gov Hack Night) is a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about tools to create, support, and serve the public good.

Join us every Tuesday from 6-10pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from interesting speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Non-techies are very welcome!

Next Chi Hack Night

6pm Tuesday, August 4
Illinois Sunshine

David Melton and Sarah Brune from The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, along with Derek Eder and Eric van Zanten of DataMade, will debut Illinois Sunshine, a new website for exploring money in Illinois politics.

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Illinois Sunshine


We are a group of thousands of designers, academic researchers, data journalists, activists, policy wonks, web developers and curious citizens who want to make our city more just, equitable, transparent and delightful to live in through data, design and technology. More about us ยป


The Chi Hack Night is organized by members of Open City, hosted at Braintree and documented by Smart Chicago Collaborative.


Our awesome sponsors provide food every week.