About Us

Muse Community + Design is dedicated to bringing inspiring and 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. Muse Community + Design is a certified WBE and DBE.


  • Land Use Planning
  • Downtown Planning
  • Neighborhood Planning
  • Corridor Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Zoning
  • Economic Development
  • Retainer Services
  • Public Engagement and Outreach

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. Recent projects (with prior firm Farr Associates) include the Complete Streets Design Guidelines for the City of Chicago; a Small Area Plan in Tulsa, Oklahoma; a master plan in Austin, Texas; the Master Redevelopment Implementation Plan for the Village of Mundelein, and the Lathrop Homes Revitalization Master Plan for the Chicago Housing Authority. She is the President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and a board member of Lambda Alpha International- Ely Chapter. 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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