On The Table

Uniting the Region We Call Home

Join thousands of Chicagoland residents to talk about how we can help unite the place we call home. On the Table connects individuals and communities of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Talking–and listening–to our neighbors is an important first step toward bridging our divides. And when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power to transform neighborhoods, and lives.

What happens now?

On May 16, 2017, nearly 100,000 people engaged with On the Table through social media, at workshops, or at mealtime conversations throughout the region. We know that from those 5,800 mealtime conversations, great ideas were born. Thank you for being part of that movement. We encourage you to take the On the Table survey and make your ideas heard.

In addition, the Acting Up Awards aim to bring those creative and actionable ideas to fruition. On the Table participants were invited to submit the great ideas for community change from their tables, for a chance to win a $1,000 award to put that idea into action. We look forward to sharing those winning projects with you soon. Learn more about Acting Up.

The Impact

On May 10, 2016, more than 55,000 neighbors gathered around 3,500 tables to share a meal. As part of this third annual On the Table, participants from every ZIP code in the region opened up to one another, sharing their ideas for what our communities need to prosper and to thrive.

A text-message survey of participants that evening found that:

  • The most-discussed topics were equity and inclusion; neighborhood and economic development; increasing collaboration; education; and health, with a mental health focus.
  • Two-thirds of respondents feel more hopeful about the future after their On the Table conversation.
  • 94% of respondents report that they are likely to take action as a result.

Learn more about the ideas shared and the event’s impact in the On the Table 2017 report.

Your voice matters. Learn more about On the Table today: