Established in 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders that assists in the promotion and implementation of planning and development policies. The council offers life improvement solutions in the areas of housing, recreation, transportation, retail and industrial development. It provides services to improve public infrastructure and crime prevention. The Metropolitan Planning Council addresses long-term funding needs for system maintenance and enhancements. The council offers a collection of materials exploring education and tax policy reform issues. In addition, it provides recommendations for more grocery stores in Chicago s low-income and minority neighborhoods. The Metropolitan Planning Council is located in Chicago.