Author Archives: ULI Chicago

Development Dialogue | Richmond, IL

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Our work in the communities continued this summer as we, in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), conducted a Development Dialogue in Richmond, IL to help the Village leadership analyze and prioritize development opportunities. Richmond has nearly 2,000 residents and is located along US Highway 12 in McHenry County, IL near the Wisconsin State Line. Lake Geneva, a popular resort town in Wisconsin, is only a short drive away. People choose to live in Richmond attracted by its small-town character, picturesque downtown and easy access to McHenry’s … Read More

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Workforce Housing Strategies for North River Communities, Chicago, IL

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ULI Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) convened a 2- day workshop to develop recommendations for maintaining and building workforce housing in Chicago’s North River neighborhoods, especially Albany Park. The purpose of the workshop was to promote a mix of housing types to serve a variety of household types and income levels, with a primary focus on housing affordable to households earning between 50%-120% of AMI.  Review Scope of Work. ULI Chicago panelists reviewed extensive background information, toured the area, and spoke to key stakeholders … Read More

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Building a Local Food Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

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ULI Chicago members gathered to hear from four panelists who are working to advance the region’s access to a local, sustainable food supply. Moderated by Joanna Trotter, The Chicago Community Trust, the speakers Michael Davidson, The Chicago Community Trust, Anupy Singla, Indian as Apple Pie, Natalie Shmulik, The Hatchery, and Rich Wallach, IFF engaged ULI members in a discussion of the different challenges and opportunities present in our region’s food industry. Consumers’ demand for locally sourced food continues to increase, and the upper Midwest offers some of the world’s best … Read More

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Eleven Winners Announced at ULI Chicago’s Vision Awards & Two Global ULI Awards for Excellence Finalists

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Eleven Winners Announced at Urban Land Institute Chicago’s 2017 Vision Awards & Two Global ULI Awards for Excellence Finalists Winners recognized as visionary developments, programs, and leading young professionals in the land use and development fields   Chicago (June 6, 2017)  Eleven winners were announced at the sixth annual Urban Land Institute Chicago Vision Awards on May 31, 2017 at Morgan MFG in Chicago.  The Vision Awards honor projects and programs that use creative development practices, inventive partnerships or sharing of resources, imaginative problem solving, or visionary ideas contributing to … Read More

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Another WIN for Sweet Beginnings, a Winner of the Inaugural ULI Chicago Vision Awards

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Congratulations to 2012 ULI Chicago Community Vision Award Winner, Sweet Beginnings, on their selection for the first round of impact investment awards by Benefit Chicago! Sweet Beginnings LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network and offers full-time transitional jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals and others with significant barriers to employment in a green industry. Sweet Beginnings produces an all-natural line of raw honey and honey-infused body care products that are sold online and a host of retailers across the Chicago area including Whole Foods Market and Mariano’s. … Read More

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What Does Community-Focused Economic Development Look Like?

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On April 13 2017, forty ULI Chicago members headed to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago to take a behind-the-scenes look at Englewood Square, a new retail development that is trying to do just that. Located at 63rd and Halsted, Englewood Square has brought back retail to the once bustling 63rd Street shopping corridor, known in its heyday to be the busiest neighborhood shopping district in the City. Besides an 18,000 SF Whole Foods Market, Englewood Square hosts Starbucks, Chipotle and 22,000 SF of additional retail/service tenants including Oak Street Health, … Read More

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Transform Your Commute into a Journey – Leading Voices Podcast Series

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What do you listen to on your daily travels to and from the office? What if you could experience a private panel just by popping in your headphones or turning up the dial in the comfort of your car? A new, original podcast series, Leading Voices with ULI, launched earlier this year to provide you with just that. Hosted by ULI Foundation Governor Matt Slepin, Founder, Terra Search Partners, the series interviews innovative professionals from around the globe making an impact in the real estate and land use industries, taking … Read More

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How Strong is Your Networking Game?

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  Whether new to the industry or a seasoned professional, there’s always something to be gained from networking. Take a look at these top opportunities, and put your skills into play at our upcoming Spring Networking Event.   Unexpected Market Prospects Reading up on industry publications and hearing from expert panels at our breakfast meetings are key ways to stay up-to-date on RE trends. But what about those market opportunities under the radar? Collaborating with colleagues outside the typical industry setting will spark conversation otherwise undiscussed. Six Degrees of Separation … Read More

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On-the-Go Involvement with ULI Chicago

ULI Members, like YOU, are diligently active in their jobs, communities, and lives – that’s what makes this organization so dynamic. Knowing you’re busy, here’s a quick guide on how to integrate your ULI membership and schedule. Member Directory Connect with the 40,000 ULI members worldwide, with over 1,400 here in the Chicagoland area. This member-only directory allows you to search by a variety of parameters, expanding your professional network. Breakfast Meetings Create a new connection and stay current with the industry’s trends and topics, all before the office even … Read More

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Young Leaders Embrace Industry Advice in Three Part Speaker Series

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It has been a busy start to the New Year for the ULI Chicago Young Leaders, as many recently gathered over the course of three consecutive weeks to participate in the 2nd Annual Small Group Discussion Series. This three-part speaker discussion series showcased CRE professionals from The John Buck Company, Skidmore Merrill Owens, and Singermen Real Estate. Each of the three events proved to be full of dynamic industry insight and meaningful dialogue. Part 1: The John Buck Company – Development Case Studies The first event featured Dominic Adduci, Principal … Read More

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