Chicago: City of Big Data Resources

If you were inspired by Chicago: City of Big Data and would like to get involved in city research fueled by data and computation, here are some resources to get you started.

City of Chicago Data Portal

The City of Chicago's Data Portal is dedicated to promoting access to government data and encouraging the development of creative tools to engage and serve Chicago's diverse community. The site hosts over 200 datasets presented in easy-to-use formats about City departments, services, facilities and performance.

Code for America

Code for America aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government through fellowship, accelerator and learning network programs. The organization seeks to help governments restructure to create low-risk settings for innovation, engage citizens to create better services, and support ongoing competition in the govtech marketplace.

The Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship

A summer program for aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. The fellowship is currently seeking project partners, mentors and fellows for 2014.

Masters of Science in Computational Analysis & Public Policy

The Harris School of Public Policy and the Computer Science Department will begin offering a Master's degree in Computational Analysis & Public Policy (CAPP) in September 2014. This unique two-year program will offer students rigorous training in public policy and computer science, to train graduates of the program to serve in federal, state, and local governments and work in private firms that serve the public sector.


MAPSCorps is a one-of-a-kind community program that trains and employs local high school students to map businesses and organizations on the South Side of Chicago. The data that MAPSCorps youth collect are the engine that powers HealtheRx, a new kind of health and wellness “prescription.”

Open City

Open City is a group that create apps with open data to improve transparency and understanding of our government. The image for Chicago: City of Big Data was adapted from Edifice, an Open City app created by Juan-Pablo Velez and Cory Mollet.

OpenGov Hack Nights

Come join a group of passionate folks working at the intersection of open government, cities, and technology. This is an evening of civic tech hacking, learning, and hanging, held every Tuesday night at 1871 in Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

Smart Chicago Collaborative

The Smart Chicago Collaborative is a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology. The group focuses on access to the internet, skills for those using the internet, and data & applications that can make lives better for all who use the internet, in order to apply the transformative power of technology to solve problems for the people of Chicago.

The University of Chicago Urban Network

The University of Chicago Urban Network is an intellectual hub for faculty, students, policymakers, and others interested in urban research. Through its portfolio of programs, sponsorship of events, and ongoing projects, the Urban Network fosters innovation, cultivates scholarship, builds cross-disciplinary connections, and bridges research and practice. This work extends the University of Chicago's tradition of excellence in urban scholarship by enhancing its position as a local and international leader in research and inspiring new generations of scholars.

Urban Center for Computation and Data

A Computation Institute research center that combines the complementary strengths of Argonne in physical sciences and engineering with UChicago’s expertise in social sciences, economics, and policy. UrbanCCD’s mission is to catalyze and pursue an interdisciplinary research agenda in urban sciences aimed at increasing our understanding of cities and our ability to anticipate the effects of rapid global urbanization on natural, built, and socioeconomic systems.