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7:00pm Tuesday, May 24, 2022

#494 The Handcrafted Digital Map

GIS is powerful, but sometimes it can be like using a chainsaw to make a birdhouse. Chicago cartographer Dennis McClendon will look at how a composite approach—using the strengths of both GIS and Illustrator—can be the best way to produce good-looking and meaningful maps.

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The Handcrafted Digital Map

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7:00pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022

#493 Open Hack

There will be no presentation this week. Instead, we're going to have an Open Hack. Join our 7pm open Zoom call for introductions, socializing, announcements and breakout groups.


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March 2022 Community Feedback Session

March 2022 Community Feedback Session

Apr 29, 2022 by Laurie Merrell

On March 15, 2022, Chi Hack Night held a hybrid community feedback session to assess how our community is feeling about the current phase of the pandemic and what people are looking for from Chi Hack Night in this moment.

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