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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Pattis Family Foundation are pleased to announce the shortlisted titles for the 2023 Pattis Family Foundation Global Cities Book Award, which celebrates books that deepen our understanding of the role cities play in addressing critical global challenges. The books are timely, elevate the discourse around global cities and urban policy, and resonate with local and global audiences.

“These books represent the height of excellence in global cities nonfiction literature,” said Mark Pattis. “They cover a diverse array of topics, ranging from the threats and opportunities of smart city technology to the politics of race in the US and the lasting impacts of the pandemic on cities. And, importantly, each nominee carries significant policy implications for urban areas.”

After a rigorous review process, the book award judging committee selected six outstanding titles from nearly 100 submissions. The shortlist includes:

“We are thrilled with the shortlisted selection of books that will inform our work at the Center while also helping leaders and policymakers deepen their understanding of global cities,” said Vanessa Vardon, director of the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

The winning book will be announced on September 20, 2023, and will receive a $25,000 prize. Submissions for the 2024 award are now open, and can be made here.

About the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Founded in 1922, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing knowledge and engagement in global affairs. Our in-depth analysis and expert-led research influence policy conversations and inform the insights we share with our growing community. Through accessible content and open dialogue of diverse, fact-based perspectives, we empower more people to help shape our global future. Learn more at

About the Center on Global Cities

We believe global cities—often on the front lines of the world’s greatest challenges—increasingly drive the most innovative solutions and shape our world. Through programming and research, we examine the policies needed to be successful in, identify global best practices, connect leaders, and provide concrete recommendations to decision-makers. Learn more at

About The Pattis Family Foundation

With a history originating from book and magazine publishing, The Pattis Family Foundation of Highland Park, Illinois actively supports programs that elevate the value of the written word and intellectual inquiry. In addition, The Pattis Family Foundation supports various health, educational, and cultural initiatives as well as programs that help bridge the opportunity gap for talented students with limited financial resources.