For the Lakota family, it’s all about the people – in 1993, it all started with a dream to make great planning accessible to all communities. This year marks our 25-year anniversary. Join us in celebrating innovation, great work, and inspiring communities through a series of blogs on the 25th of every month. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay tuned!

Check out the list of top 25 things that happened in 1993, turns out it was a great year for everyone!

  1. Scott Freres and John LaMotte started The Lakota Group

  2. The CTA Orange Line opened to Midway Airport
  3. A gallon of gas was $1.17
  4. The first meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
  5. Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp, and Lenny Kravits and Lisa Bonet called it quits
  6. Bill Clinton became president
  7. The Congress of New Urbanism (CNU) was founded by Duany, Moule, Plater-Zyerk, and others
  8. The population of Chicago was 2.794 million
  9. The world wide web was born at CERN
  10. Creation of the Public Works Administration’s Emergency Housing Corporation as part of the National Recovery Act authorizing the federal government to clear slums and to construct low-income housing
  11. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states for the first time
  12. Clinton selected Janet Reno to first female US Attorney General
  13. Beanie Babies were first launched
  14. US Steel’s South Works, on Chicago’s south side, closed after more than 100 years of operation
  15. Jurassic Park became the highest-grossing film worldwide at the time
  16. Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the second woman on the Supreme Court
  17. Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk won the Nobel Peace Prize
  18. Charles Flink and Robert Searns wrote “A Guide to Planning, Design and Development”
  19. Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” came out
  20. Enterprise Zone/Empowerment Community (EZ/EC) proposal signed into law. Provides tax incentives, wage tax credits, special deductions, and low-interest financing to a limited number of impoverished urban and rural communities to jumpstart their economic and social recovery
  21. Elvis Presley commemorative postage stamp went on sale
  22. Michael Jordan scored his 20,000th career point and announced his “retirement” from professional basketball
  23. Former Chicago Bear Walter Payton made the NFL Hall of Fame
  24. The first “Got Milk?” add ran
  25. Schindler’s List premiered.