Monthly Archives: February 2015

Two ULI Chicago TAPs Move Forward with Local and National Significance

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February 18, 2015 – Groundbreaking on the Renovation/Redevelopment of the Historic Rosenwald Apartments The subject of a February 2010 technical assistance panel in cooperation with 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, the Rosenwald Apartments, originally opened in 1929 as safe and modern housing for a burgeoning African-American middle class, has been vacant since 2000. The ULI Chicago panel was unanimous in recommending redevelopment of the historic property proposing two options for total and/or partial rehab and redevelopment. ULI Chicago’s efforts were acknowledged during the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday and Executive Director, Cindy … Read More

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Related Midwest Concludes Three-Part, YL Small Group Discussion Series

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For the third and final session of the outstanding Young Leaders Small Group Discussion series, Related Midwest gave a presentation on “Executing on a Vision” to a sold-out audience of ULI Young Leaders.  The presentation featured some renowned members of Related Midwest staff, specifically Curt Bailey, President; Don Biernacki, Senior Vice President – Construction; Will Tippens, Vice President – Planning and Entitlements; Tricia Van Horn, Vice President – Marketing; and, ULI Young Leader, Nick Anderson, Vice President – Acquisition and Development. Curt began the presentation by providing a brief overview of … Read More

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Private Equity focus of YL Small Group Discussion Series-Session II

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ULI Chicago Young Leaders’ three-part discussion series continued with its second session on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The discussion, led by Jay Weaver and Robert Bloom of Walton Street Capital, focused on the real estate private equity industry. They discussed the history of real estate private equity, the forming of Walton Street, and perspectives on the current market.  The sold-out event included over 30 young professional members of ULI looking to broaden their knowledge of the industry and engage in open discussion with some of Chicago’s top executives. Jay and Robert … Read More

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ULI Chicago Kicks Off Women’s Leadership Initiative

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The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), established by ULI, has officially launched locally within the Chicago District Council.  Its core mission is to raise the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry.  WLI will achieve this mission by organizing events and programs that will:  promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the real estate industry; increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions in the real estate industry and in ULI; increase the visibility of women leaders in the … Read More

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Young Leaders Kick-Off Small Group Discussion Series

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The ULI Chicago Young Leaders kicked off a three-part small group discussion series on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, providing young professionals access and intimate conversations with some of Chicago’s top executives. The first session in the series “Can We Build Here?” was led by Thomas Kerwin and Angela Spadoni of bKL Architecture, LLC.  They discussed how to evaluate a potential building site and what can impact the ability to complete an economically viable project. Thomas and Angela provided an overview of the process including examining location from both a macro and micro perspective, … Read More

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Pullman to be Named National Monument by President Obama

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February 10, 2015 – Chicago Tribune – Obama to declare Pullman district a national monument President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago on Feb. 19 to designate the Pullman district on the Far South Side a national monument, a White House official said.  Obama’s visit will come just five days before the mayoral election and the designation for Pullman figures to offer a boost to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president’s former chief of staff, among South Side voters he has been wooing throughout his campaign.  Emanuel and members of Congress … Read More

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Winnetka Debating Zoning Ordinance Amendments as a Result of ULI Chicago TAP

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February 9, 2015 – Winnetka Talk – Winnetka considers taller buildings in downtown With Winnetka officials poised to amend a village zoning ordinance that could allow for taller buildings in the downtown commercial district, some local residents voiced concerns over how the changes might impact one developer’s potential plans. The project, at a site often referred to as the Fell Property, would sit at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Elm Street. The Chicago-based company in charge,  Stonestreet Partners, has had preliminary talks with village officials over a proposed mixed-use … Read More

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How to Keep the Great Lakes Great

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January 21, 2015 – The Architect’s Newspaper – How to Keep the Great Lakes Great Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Chief Planner, and ULI member, Philip Enquist is a lead author of the firm’s The Great Lakes Century Vision Plan, which says the future of the Great Lakes region depends on its environmental governance.  More than 100 years after Daniel Burnham famously planned Chicago, Enquist and his colleagues at SOM (as well as ULI) are taking up the pro bono cause of sowing cooperation throughout the Great Lakes region.  For a natural … Read More

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ULI Chicago Transitions to New Leadership for FY15-16

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ULI Chicago welcomes Joseph L. Wisniewski, Partner, Deloitte, as the new District Council Chair for FY15-16.  Joe has been a long-time Advisory Board member and has held the position of Treasurer for eight years.  He takes over for Paul W. Shadle, DLA Piper LLP (US) who served as Chair from July 2012 through December 2014.  The District Council presented an award in recognition of service and commitment to Mr. Shadle at the January breakfast meeting.  Paul was instrumental in launching ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Initiative that received both local and national … Read More

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