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Join Us for Tavern Talks!

The Chapel Hill community is creating Chapel Hill 2020 – an imaginative and innovative process that will help plan our community’s future. As a part of our outreach efforts for Chapel Hill 2020, the Town of Chapel Hill has organized a series of meetings called “Tavern Talks.”

Thursday, Feb. 2 

Kildare’s, 206 W. Franklin St.

Transportation: Getting from Point A to Point B Easily and Sustainably


and...West End Wine Bar, 450 W. Franklin St.

Show Me The Money: A prosperous and financially stable community that has a place for all


Thursday, Feb. 16 

Caribou Coffee, 110 W. Franklin St.

All 4 One, and One 4 All: Diversity, Safety, Cultural Vibrancy, and the Arts


and ...The Crunkleton, 320 W. Franklin St.

A Balancing Act: Bringing together environmental protection and growth


Thursday, March 1

Jack Sprat, 161 E. Franklin St.

The Hot Spots: Developing new spaces and supporting existing places


and ...WXYZ Lounge at Aloft Chapel Hill, 1001 S. Hamilton Road (park at SECU Bank)

Coeds and Co-ops: Learning, Innovating, and Using the Intellectual/Social/Financial Capital of the Town and University 

On each night, two meetings are being held simultaneously from 7PM to 8:30PM, and we are encouraging people to find a topic that interests them and to join us to share their thoughts and ideas.

The purpose of the Tavern Talks are to engage people in the comprehensive planning process in a setting that is informal and open to all thoughts and ideas about Chapel Hill’s future and growth. The meetings will be held at restaurants and bars in Chapel Hill with the idea of going where people already are – to natural gathering spots in Chapel Hill.

All are welcome to attend the Tavern Talks, but the meetings are especially geared towards those who are 40 years old and below who live, work, play, study, or invest in Chapel Hill.

58.1% of Chapel Hill’s population is between the ages of 15-45 years old (2010 US Census), yet this group had been underrepresented at the more formal meetings.

We are hoping that these meetings will provide an opportunity for people of the X and Y generations to come together, talk about their community, and share a pint, be that beer or root beer!

Print out this flyer and hang it in your business or organization: CLICK HERE (PDF)

For more information  about the Tavern Talks events, please visit or or contact me - Megan Wooley at

~Megan Wooley

Town of Chapel Hill, Housing and Neighborhood Services Planner