Chicago’s Central Area is home to many of the city’s great destinations. It is also home to over 130,000 residents - an increase of 56% since 1970 – who are still forming new neighborhoods in places once occupied by industry or railroad tracks. The Central Area continues to be the economic driver for the Chicago region, providing well over a half million jobs, which account for close to half of Chicago’s total. And while residents rightly point out that Chicago is a city of great neighborhoods, there is no question that Chicago also has one of the world’s great downtowns. The strategies and priority projects that will be articulated for this Action Plan will help to make these neighborhoods even more vibrant.