STRATEGY + MOBILITY + COMMUNITY = Inspiring & creative solutions to improve places for people.

MUSE Community + Design is a Chicago-based urban planning and public engagement firm that helps clients make inspired changes to improve their communities. MUSE creates the policies, plans, and regulations that enable aspirations to become reality. By employing a people-focused approach, Muse devises realistic, tailored solutions that celebrate communities’ unique assets. Recent clients include the Chicago Department of Transportation, the City of Bloomington (IL), and the Village of La Grange.

MUSE Community + Design is a certified WBE and DBE.


Courtney Kashima, AICP

Courtney Kashima has been thinking about places and how to make them better since her high school days in Galesburg, Illinois. She has lived and worked in cities small and large and has been based out of Chicago since 2002. Courtney has been a practicing planner in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. She is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and President-Elect of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. Courtney was a co-chair for the 2013 National Planning Conference held in Chicago. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and her alma mater including as a Wetmore Visiting Practitioner in 2012. Courtney is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and she is a certified charrette facilitator. She holds a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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