Your Voice Matters.


We want to hear from you.

On Tuesday, May 8, thousands of Chicago-area residents participated in The Chicago Community Trust’s fifth annual On the Table—coming together in small groups for mealtime conversations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their communities and to share ideas on what they can do to make a difference.

This year, the Trust is partnering with national research firms Hart Research Associates and Public Opinion Strategies to conduct a survey to learn participants’ opinions on their community. The survey is open to everyone across the region: whether you were part of On the Table or not, we want to hear from you.

Your voice matters. We invite you to participate and make it heard. Text ChiOTT to 797979 or click here to start the survey.

We’ll report back results to the community this summer. So let us know the issues and the opportunities you care about most in your Chicagoland community.

You can help spread the word! Download the image below and share it on your social media and other channels, to invite more voices into the conversation.

Your Community Matters. Your Voice Matters. Text ChiOTT to 797979 to make it heard.

Putting community On the Table

The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table is an annual forum designed to take people places: to offices, schools, libraries, restaurants and other spaces where they meet others, share ideas and explore ways to improve our region. The results are exciting new relationships, elevated civic conversations and genuine pathways toward collaborative action—outcomes that make our communities more connected, resilient and resourceful.

Were you part of an On the Table conversation in 2018? Did your table dream up a great idea for community change? Once you’ve taken the survey, consider applying for an Acting Up Award—a microgrant program that helps put On the Table ideas into action.

And check out stories about how participants have let their conversations lead them to action after the table.

A large room filled with people seated at round tables. In the foreground, two men wearing glasses sit together at a table in conversation, one talking and gesturing while the other listens

Conversations Matter: Four Years of On the Table