Covid-19 Update:

We will be moving the in-person portion of this event to remote on 4/18 and 4/19. Please contact us by email or slack if you have any questions.
Chicago R Collaborative
March 14-15, 2020 • Chicago, Illinois

About the Chicago R Collaborative

Formerly known as the Chicago R Unconference, the Chicago R Collaborative is part of an R Consortium-funded grant that supports community-led, locally-organized R development events around the world, otherwise known as R Community Collaboratives.

At the Chicago R Collab, you’ll team up with other R users and developers to contribute to open source packages, work on data tools, pursue projects you wish you had time for in your day-to-day work, and learn from others in the R community. Our event is open to a wide range of experience levels and attendee backgrounds (see last year’s attendee list!), and we seek to encourage diverse groups to contribute to the larger R community.

If you’re interested in what you’ll be doing at the event, take a look at last year’s schedule, proposed and completed projects or Twitter recap, peruse our Code of Conduct, or reach out to chircollab [at] if you have questions!

For Participants

If you are participating in this event, make sure to take a look at the event github repo with issues related to potential project ideas. For information about the event, check out the event wiki.


Our team is dedicated to inspiring beginners and those new to open source to contribute to the R community. We’ve worked in industry and academia alike, and we believe that open source is at its best when it draws from diverse contributors. Note: Mentors for this event are denoted with an asterisk.

Join us!

Applications for the Chicago R Collab closed at midnight CST on February 2, 2020 We hope to see you at next year’s event!


The event will be hosted at the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago (5735 S Ellis Ave, Rooms 240 and 236). Please note that the research center is located within Searle Chemical Laboratory.

Street parking can be found on Ellis Ave or 59th St just south of the venue. Paid parking can be found at Campus North Garage and Young Parking Lot. See more about travel information on the event wiki.