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.

There is a lot happening with the NWMC Multimodal Plan! A series of Pop-Up Workshops are scheduled in the coming months to help spread the word about the project findings and to gather input on the priority bike corridors. Come visit us at the Hoffman Estates Public Works Open House, the Deerfield Winter Celebration, and the Morton Grove Indoor Farmers Market. A flyer is available to help spread the word about these events and about upcoming project deliverables–click here to download! Unable to make a pop-up workshop? Workshop materials will be posted here in mid-November.

Public Works Open House • Kenley H. Rupnow Public Works Center
Saturday, November 2 10 am – 12 pm

Winter Celebration • Village Hall
Friday, December 6 5 – 8 pm

Indoor Farmers Market • Morton Grove Civic Center
Saturday, December 7 8 am – 1 pm

The Northwest Municipal Conference’s 2010 Bicycle Plan identified priority bicycle corridors to connect communities to major trails and other destinations across the region. As a part of the NWMC Multimodal Plan, the priority bicycle corridors have been updated to match bike planning efforts undertaken by many NWMC communities and new facilities that have been constructed. Use the interactive map below to review these corridors, and add comments regarding your observed opportunities and challenges navigating these corridors. 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. 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 >