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7:00pm Tuesday, May 28, 2024

#591 Online: Ward Wise - Neighborhood Infrastructure Spending In Chicago

Ward Wise is a Chi Hack Night breakout group working to empower Chicagoans by demystifying the city’s infrastructure spending. Using nearly two decades worth of data, they are performing analysis and crafting tools to make Chicago infrastructure engaging and understandable for the general public. Come learn what “menu money” is, explore the available options for new neighborhood infrastructure, and uncover actionable steps to engage in the decision-making process.

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7:00pm Tuesday, May 21, 2024

#590 Online: Leave the Seat Empty - Documenting Demolition in Chicago

Leave the Seat Empty is an ongoing photo series by Soren Spicknall, capturing buildings in Chicago in between the time a demolition permit is issued and the time the wrecking crews come, paired with writing about the subject buildings. At Chi Hack Night, Spicknall will discuss the methods he uses to research ongoing demolition activity, key patterns driving demolition in Chicago, and the shortcomings of available public records related to demolition.

Online: Leave the Seat Empty - Documenting Demolition in Chicago

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Our COVID-19 Policy

Our COVID-19 Policy

Mar 11, 2024 by CHN Board

At Chi Hack Night we continue to believe in the importance of hosting in-person events particularly in a time where meaningful social life is so vital, but we must work together to do so safely.

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2024 Board Election Results

2024 Board Election Results

Feb 15, 2024 by Elections Committee - Derek Eder, Adam Hecktman, Josh Kalov

On Feb 13th, we held our fifth election for our Board of Directors. We were amazed at the turnout. Of our 28 official Members, 22 attended virtually to cast their votes. Congrats to our elected and appointed Board Members Cameron Sow, Sean Watland, Sneha Jalukar, Michael Chladek, Samantha Goodman, Kyle Dolezal!

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Our 2023 Year in Review

Our 2023 Year in Review

Feb 14, 2024 by Sean Watland, Derek Eder, and Michael Chladek

Ahead of our fifth annual Member Meeting and Board Elections on Feb 7, 2023, we’re publishing our 2023 year in review to share with our Members and our community (that’s you!). We put on 48 Chi Hack Night events, hosted 35 presentations, held our fourth annual board election, remained financially stable, and updated and set new objectives and key results (OKRs) for our organization.

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