Open City

Open Gov Hack Night

Chicago's place to build, share, and learn about civic tech.

Join us next Tuesday!

Come join a group of passionate folks working at the intersection of open government, cities, and technology. This is an evening of civic tech hacking, learning, and hanging.

The Open Gov Hack Night, organized by civic tech group Open City, is for those who want to:

  • get work done on civic projects
  • start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!)
  • bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts
  • learn about open data, smart cities, and open government

There's always food, too!


6:00 pm
Eating and socializing
6:15 pm
Welcome, introductions
6:30 pm
6:40 pm
Weekly presentation
7:15 pm
Highlight current civic tech projects
7:30 pm
Break into groups and hack

But I'm not a techie!

That's ok! We encourage non-technical folks to pair up and learn from our community's designers and developers. Often times, the best civic projects come from teams with a diverse background.

Remember, there's more to making a great app than just coding.

Open Gov Hack Night

6pm every Tuesday
1871 (in the IMSA room)
222 W Merchandise Mart Plz #1212


Join the discussion

Join our Google Group to discuss new and ongoing projects

Keep up with hack night events and projects on Twitter with the #ChiHackNight hashtag

Computer nerds: chat with us any time on the #ChiHackNight IRC channel on

Email updates

Every Monday, we send out an email to preview that week's hack night.

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Civic Hacking 101

New to civic hacking? Don't even know what that means? Every week, Christopher Whitaker leads quick workshop to get you up to speed. Or you can watch it online.

Intro to Programming

Many of our attendees are new to programming and want to learn. Every week Juan-Pablo Velez leads an informal session on how to use the command line and some basic principals of programming.


Our awesome sponsors keep us going:

Open City DataMade 1871
Code for America Smart Chicago Collaborative ThoughtWorks

Bring the hack night to your city

Hack nights anchor and grow volunteer civic hacking communities while avoiding 'hackathon fatigue'. To learn how to organize one in your city, see the Code for America blog.

Friends have forked the hack night in many cities:

Leadership & contact

The Open Gov Hack Night is run by Open City organized and run by Derek Eder, Juan-Pablo Velez and Christopher Whitaker.

Got questions about the event or have a project to present? Email us.