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, Oct 6, 2015

#176 Open Hack Session

No presentation this week - just come to build, share, and learn about civic tech!

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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 »

Join our community

The Chi Hack Night is a central hub for Chicago's civic tech community. The easiest thing you can do get involved is show up to a Tuesday Chi Hack Night.

Until then, here are 3 other ways to get involved:

  1. Subscribe to updates on upcoming Chi Hack Night speakers and events

  2. Join our Google Group to keep up with civic tech news and projects in Chicago

  3. Browse our weekly breakouts to find your learning or working group

Chi Hack Night blog

311 is back in the spotlight after 3 years by Steven Vance

311 is back in the spotlight after 3 years

Oct 08, 2015 by Steven Vance

Last week, for budget “season” in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed privatizing the 311 system – where citizens and aldermen request services from any city department, and citizens get information about city services – as a way to pay for the technology upgrade the system desperately needs.

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


Our awesome sponsors provide food every week.