The Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) is working with member communities, stakeholders, and residents across the region to create its first Multimodal Transportation Plan. While many of the communities within the NWMC have created inspiring plans and implemented innovative projects related to walking, biking, and improving access to transit, the NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan will further collaboration across municipal boundaries and provide shared data and tools to help create a more connected, equitable, and healthy region.

Through a combination of detailed data collection and analysis, in-depth interviews and focus groups with transportation staff throughout the region, and in-person and multimedia community engagement, the NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan will:


All of the Plan’s recommendations will be supported by an implementation guide designed to empower communities to begin making changes on-the-ground.


The diagram below outlines the five phases of the Multimodal Plan process. We are currently in Phase 3 – and there are lots of plan deliverables around the corner. The Priority Bike Corridors will be available in early November, the Prioritized Sidewalks Gaps will be available in late November, and the Multimodal Toolkits will be available in early December. The final NWMC Multimodal Plan will be available in late January, and the Existing Conditions Report is available for download in the Documents section below. Sign up for emails from the project website to stay in the loop!


The Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) encompasses over 300 square miles, 1.2 million people, and 42 different member communities in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties. The NWMC works to strengthen communities and enhance intergovernmental relationships in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Learn more about the NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan in this article on Streetsblog Chicago!

As a part of the ongoing NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan, planners analyzed the sidewalk network throughout the region to identify and prioritize missing sidewalks. These gaps have been added to an interactive map. View the map to see where there are sidewalk gaps in your community!


Thank you to all who stopped by our Pop-Up Workshops in Hoffman Estates, Deerfield and Morton Grove. We received a lot of very useful feedback about gaps in the bike network, and input on how the NWMC and the member communities should prioritize different investments. If you were unable to make a pop-up workshop, materials from the workshop are available for review in the documents section below. All of the community input received will be summarized as a part of the final Multimodal Transportation Plan, which will be available at the end of January. In the meantime, be sure to sign up for email updates so we can let you know when the plan is available. To see the priority bike corridors map as a PDF, click here or visit the documents section below.

Cyclists around the region responded to the NWMC quiz ranking their comfort and confidence level when it comes to biking—and the results are in! While NWMC riders are “enthused & confident”, the majority of cyclists—74%—would ride more if roadways were safer and more comfortable. The results of the quiz will inform recommendations for the NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan and prioritize bike facilities with the highest comfort ranking.  Learn more about the results from the infographic below:


Thank you to all who participated in the NWMC Community Survey back in April! The infographics below provide a brief summary of key findings from the survey and will inform plan recommendations.


The Existing Conditions Analysis for the NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan is available for review and download below, along with the Priority Bike Corridors. Materials from the Pop-Up Workshops (and Member Open House) are also available below. As additional planning documents are finalized, they will be posted in this section.

The final NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan will be designed to empower communities to begin making changes on-the-ground.

About the Planning Team

Sam Schwartz Consulting

Sam Schwartz Consulting is a multimodal transportation planning and engineering firm that designs creative solutions for today’s mobility challenges. Sam Schwartz is leading the project team for the NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan. Learn more >


TranSystems provides high-quality, integrated transportation solutions across a wide range of disciplines, from transit planning and design to construction management. Learn more >

The Lakota Group

The Lakota Group has 25 years of experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation and will be leading community engagement and outreach for the NWMC Multimodal Plan. Learn more >


CMAP is the regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. The NWMC Multimodal Transportation Plan is funded through CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program. Learn more >