About Us

UPPSA takes planning school beyond the classroom.  
We provide opportunities for professional, academic, social, and philanthropic events, and serve as a vehicle for student input into the MUPP program administration.  In a planning program that's one of the largest in the nation, UPPSA helps students connect, interact, and engage. We're always looking for new opportunities, events, and volunteers -- contact us anytime!

Who we are


UPPSA provides academic, social, professional, and philanthropic events for MUPP students at UIC. We are a student-led, student-focused organization dedicated to helping students make the most of a graduate planning education--building connections, volunteering, and having fun along the way.  


If you are a prospective student and would like to learn more, please contact us anytime.

What we do


UPPSA organizes monthly and annual events for students and the public. 


Transit-Oriented Drinks (TOD) is a monthly event open to all MUPPs. UPPSA travels to a transit-friendly restaurant or bar for an evening of socializing and entertainment. Past locations include Boiler Room, Prost!, Belli's Chicago (MUPP-owned), Revolution (MUPP-owned), and Sakura Karaoke.


The Urban Innovation Symposium is UPPSA's annual showcase of planning knowledge from around the region.  It takes place in late January-early February and features presentations from planning professionals, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs engaged in improving cities here and around the country. Open to the public--all are welcome. 


UPPSA also coordinate MUPP participation in volunteer projects around the Chicago region, including the Gary Parcel Survey, Chicago Lights Urban Farm, and more.

Get Involved
If you're interested in participating in UPPSA and you're a MUPP, congrats! You're an UPPSA member - no dues required.
Feel free to contact us for more information about the group, potential leadership opportunities, or just to say hi.

If you are a MUPP alum, contact us to find out about the latest mentorship opportunities.


If you represent an organization that is interested in partnering with UPPSA,
we would love to hear from you