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

There will be no Chi Hack Night on Nov 24th
We’ll be taking next week off for Thanksgiving, but we’ll be back on Dec 1st!

Next Chi Hack Night

6pm Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015

#182 Using data from the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey run by the U.S. Census Bureau. Chicago data experts Rob Paral, Joe Germuska and Nina Sandlin will give us an intro, as well as practical tips on accessing and using this data.

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Using data from the American Community Survey


Join us every Tuesday from 6-10pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from amazing speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Everyone is welcome!

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 »

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10 lessons from organizing the Chi Hack Night by Derek Eder

10 lessons from organizing the Chi Hack Night

Nov 23, 2015 by Derek Eder

The Chi Hack Night has been referenced as the largest, most successful and productive civic hacking community around. This post is my first attempt at synthesizing and sharing our organizing model, starting with 10 lessons we’ve learned over the years.

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The Chi Hack Night is organized by members of Open City and hosted at Braintree.


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