Regional Planning

The Chicago region, our home, stretches over three states with one of the most complicated geopolitical landscapes in the nation. By contrast, plants and animals—and the ecosystems they rely on—do not follow these political boundaries and need a champion with a region-wide vision. To that end, our work strikes a balance between the needs of a growing region and the needs of the natural world around us.

Photo: DJ Glisson

ComEd Green Region

Openlands is partnering with ComEd to administer the ComEd Green Region Program. Recognizing that open space in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, the ComEd program awards grants for municipal efforts to plan for, protect, and improve open land in ComEd’s service area of northern Illinois.

Food and Farmland

Openlands supports the greater metropolitan region’s local food system through policy and advocacy, preserving farmland and natural assets, and connecting people to the land through access to fresh, healthy food.

Lake County, Illinois

Openlands has a long history of working in Lake County on significant projects that protect the land and engage people in conservation. Today, we collaborate with many partners and communities to strike a sensible balance between the complex needs growing of communities while maintaining and enhancing the county’s rich natural and agricultural heritage.

Transportation Solutions

Openlands believes that it is vital to design transportation solutions with nature. Our roads, rail, transit and trails should support livable, walkable vibrant communities that preserve and enhance open space.