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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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Meeting Summary: Real Estate Forecast 2017

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This is a summary of the Real Estate Forecast 2017 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago to hear highlights of the Emerging Trends in Real Estate® report for 2017, a national real estate forecast published by ULI and PwC. The guest speaker was Dean Schwanke, Senior Vice President, Case Studies & Publications, ULI – Urban Land Institute. Following his overview, a local response panel discussed a range of topics from an outlook on Chicago-area real estate to the projected impact of … Read More

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ULI Members Provide Input on Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Sustainable Development Policy

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ULI Chicago’s Public Policy Committee hosted Michael Berkshire from the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development (DPD)  for a presentation on the proposed update to the City’s Sustainable Development Policy. First implemented in 2004, Chicago’s Sustainable Development Policy requires new development projects and major renovations that are receiving financial assistance or needing special approvals to include sustainable elements.  The policy has resulted in Chicago being a global leader in the green roof movement and square footage of LEED certified buildings.  The main objectives of the update are to: … Read More

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Meeting Summary: Breaking the Mold – Malls Mix It Up to Stay Vital

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This is a summary of the September 20, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at the Riverway Auditorium in Rosemont to hear industry leaders discuss how the rapid shift in retail has prompted owners and developers to create new strategies to maximize the value of well-located, but increasingly underutilized, real estate. Among other topics, the panel discussed the repositioning and redevelopment of former power centers and malls into multi-family residential, senior housing and smaller footprint retail uses to meet consumer trends. The moderator for the session … Read More

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Meeting Summary: 2016 Capital Markets Mid-Year Review

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This is a summary of the June 28, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at LondonHouse Chicago to hear an expert panel of professionals discuss the state of the capital markets, including the tumultuous impact of Brexit, the recent referendum in which United Kingdom voters narrowly expressed their desire to leave the European Union. The panel–featuring a pension fund advisor, a national developer, a leading private equity group, and one of the nation’s largest real estate lenders–covered market sentiment, lending parameters, investor preferences, and capital availability, … Read More

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Roy March, CEO, Eastdil Discusses Management Strategies

Members of ULI Chicago’s Mentorship Program had an exclusive “sit-down” with Roy March, CEO of Eastdil, to discuss General Stanley McChrystal’s book Team of Teams. The Mentorship Program has been utilizing the book as a source of discussion surrounding the evolution of management and business culture in modern organizations. The book, and General McChrystal, have played a significant role in shaping March’s vision for the future of Eastdil and he agreed to share some of Eastdil’s experiences implementing key strategies.  The book provides a glimpse into the organizational challenges, and subsequent solutions, McChrystal identified while … Read More

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Chicago Product Council Members & Guests Tour Goose Island by Boat

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The ULI Chicago Product Council Blue and Green flights hit the water on Wednesday, June 15th for their annual boat tour, this year highlighting new development on Goose Island.  Product Council members and guests had the opportunity to hear from R2 and CBRE about the development and leasing plans for R2’s investments on the island in a discussion moderated by Liquideed CEO, and Blue Flight Co-chair, Ronan Remandaban. Max Meyers, CIO of R2, spoke about the history of the island which many Chicagoans pass daily, but know little about.  The first interesting piece … Read More

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Meeting Summary: Leadership in the Changing Real Estate Environment

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This is a summary of the May 17, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative. Those who gathered at The Langham Chicago heard a panel of leading women in the industry discuss the influences that have shaped their professional development as well as a variety of other topics of interest to current and next-generation leaders. The moderator for the session was Pam Boneham, Managing Director Central Region, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers. Panelists were Lynn Carlton, … Read More

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Meeting Summary: Investment in Niche Property Types

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This is a summary of the April 28, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at Jenner & Block’s Chicago office to hear an expert panel of professionals discuss investment trends in some of the hottest niche markets, including student housing, medical office and self-storage. They explored topics that included what factors are prompting increased investment in these sectors, the leading sources of capital, some of the biggest obstacles for attracting capital, and how operators attract new capital flowing into the market. The moderator for the session … Read More

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ULI Members Provide Feedback on CMAP’s ON TO 2050 Regional Plan

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ULI Chicago’s Public Policy Committee hosted the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on April 14, 2016 for a presentation on the ON TO 2050 Comprehensive Plan for the Chicago region. CMAP’s Outreach Principal, Jane Grover, and Senior Outreach Planner, Kelwin Harris, outlined the planning process and solicited input from ULI members regarding planning priorities that should be addressed in the 2050 Regional Plan.  View CMAP’s Making a Plan for Our Region Presentation ULI members discussed many issues that should be addressed to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of our region in … Read More

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