Active Trans Awards Reception

Come celebrate the champions of sustainable transportation in Chicagoland 

You’re invited to join the Active Transportation Alliance on March 7, 2019 at the tech incubator 1871 as we gather to honor local nonprofits, businesses and individuals that have made a significant impact on biking, walking and transit in the region.

Come enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks with other supporters and business professionals while celebrating the power of active transportation.

Guests can look forward to a fun night with a silent auction, a paddle raise and an awards ceremony. Expect plenty of time for mingling at this reception-style event.

Your guest MC for the evening will be WBEZ’s Jerome McDonnell.    

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We will be honoring:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – Public Leadership Award

After two terms, Mayor Emanuel is leaving office having made Chicago a national leader in building better bike infrastructure through a growing network of protected bike lanes, off-street trails and neighborhood greenways. The mayor secured millions of dollars in federal funding to rebuild Chicago’s aging public transit system, he enhanced the city’s commitment to pedestrian safety and he made it a priority to create separate trails for biking and walking along the Chicago lakefront.

REI – Business Leadership Award 

REI has shown its commitment to improving active transportation in the region by hosting classes on biking, hosting rides and hikes, and participating in the Bike Commuter Challenge. For several years, REI has provided grant support for various Active Trans campaigns, like our Trail Connect Chicagoland campaign and our advocacy work in the Lake Calumet region. It’s also been a champion of our events over the years, serving as an event sponsor and hosting Active Trans events in REI stores.

Logan Square Neighborhood Association – Community Leadership Award

Logan Square Neighborhood Association is a community-based organization that works on a wide variety of local issues, including housing, education, health, youth development and improving local transportation options. In recent years, LSNA has been one of Active Trans’ strongest community partners. In addition to working for racial equity in a street reconstruction project and equitable development near transit stations, the group has led organizing efforts to address gentrification and displacement related to the 606 Trail and has worked alongside Active Trans to create a community vision for safe access to the Chicago River.

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When: Thursday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 1871, Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1212, Chicago
Individual tickets: $200


Thanks to our sponsors















Bob Hoel

People for Bikes

Civiltech Engineering, Inc.

Peter J. Livaditis

Douglas Bacon

Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC

Elliot Rossen

The Hibel Family

Epstein Global

Cecilia and Joel Roth

PORT Urbanism


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Read about our event from 2018.

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Photos above courtesy of Steven Gross photography.