The Chicago Community Trust

yvmSince its creation in 2014, On the Table has provided tens of thousands of Chicago-area residents a platform for conversations that elevate civic dialogue, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience across the region. An estimated 55,000 people in 2016; 25,000 in 2015 and 11,500 in 2014 gathered with friends, neighbors, colleagues or strangers for mealtime conversations about ways to make our neighborhoods stronger, safer and more dynamic.

In 2016, the initiative grew significantly – not just in the number of people On the Table engaged day-of, but also through the creation of complementary initiatives to amplify the project’s reach and impact, both in Chicago and across the country. And, through survey responses from nearly 4,000 participants, we also gained a deeper understanding of the issues our region cares about most.