DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, First Deputy Commissioner | Chicago, United States


Eleanor Gorski was appointed Acting Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) by Mayor Lightfoot in May 2019.

In that role, Gorski leads the department's economic development, zoning, and planning bureaus while while fostering community-improvement projects and initiatives throughout the city. She also serves on the Chicago Plan Commission, Community Development Commission and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

Gorski's extensive DPD career began in 1996. She served in multiple roles, including Director of Historic Preservation and, most recently, Bureau Chief of Planning, Historic Preservation and Sustainability.

She has led dozens of departmental projects and initiatives, including the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus, the five-year rehabilitation plan for Wrigley Field, the Fulton Market Innovation District Plan, the North Branch Framework Plan, and the new Chicago…

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Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker (Chicago 2019)


30 October 2019

A New Chicago Legacy: High-Rise Buildings as an Equitable Development Tool

Eleanor Gorski, First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago, speaks at the 2019 CTBUH International Congress in Chicago on 30 October 2019.


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11 October 2019

CTBUH 2019 Congress Special

On the 50th anniversary of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s founding, the CTBUH 10th World Congress returns to the Council’s home: Chicago....


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