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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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Chicago Product Council BLUE Flight Spends Full Day in Discussions and Project Tours

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The Blue Flight for the ULI Chicago Product Council met on April 14th at 300 S. Wacker for the CPC’s second meeting this year.  Blue Flight Chair Jim Smith with Kensington Realty Advisors introduced the day, asking council members to consider ‘why you’re here today and what do you expect to get out of the day’.  To kick-off the energy in the room, Christy Lockridge and Mary Dwyer, both with Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, led a speed-networking session. Jason Ross with Cohen Financial moderated a panel discussion on current debt … Read More

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Meeting Summary: Crowdfunding – Opportunities and Challenges

This is a summary of the February 25, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago to hear an expert panel of professionals discuss opportunities and challenges of crowdfunding in the real estate marketplace. Topics on this alternative source of capital for developers and investors included the differences between real estate crowdfunding platforms, how developers access crowdfunding sources, risks to both investors and real estate owners, and types of transactions that are attractive to retail investors. The moderator for the session … Read More

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Railyard to Redevelopment: 150 North Riverside

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A group of 30 ULI Chicago young leaders gathered on February 16th to listen to triumphs and lessons learned from John O’Donnell and Tony Scacco of Riverside Investment & Development Company, the leader behind the 150 North Riverside project.  The 54-story Class A office building is exceptionally located on the west bank of the Chicago River at Lake Street.  The transit oriented development is centrally located just blocks from Metra, Amtrak, and CTA train and bus stops. The building, which should be substantially completed this December, will sit on a … Read More

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Key Industry Leaders Headline 2016 Chicago Product Council Program Kick-Off Event

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The 2016 Chicago Product Council Program kicked-off on January 12, 2016 with 94 ULI members assigned to two flights of a broad-based urban development and mixed use Council.  The Leadership Teams from both Flights planned an exciting Kick-Off event with two high-profile industry leaders to set the tone for this year’s Council program. After opening remarks by Council Chairmen, Jim Smith, Managing Principal, Kensington Realty Advisors, Inc. and David Galowich, Principal, Madison Realty Group, Inc., they welcomed Randy Rowe, Chairman, Green Courte Partners, LLC.  As the Global Chairman of ULI, … Read More

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ULI Fall Meeting Starts Today – Are You Ready?

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The ULI Fall Meeting starts today with “Tour Day”.  If you were lucky enough to register early for one of these on-site tours, you will have an amazing day!  From Mission Bay to Oakland to the Port of San Francisco, ULI members will be all across the Bay Area.  These exclusive real estate and cultural experiences are always a sell out and this year has been no different. For those just arriving today and adjusting to Pacific time, get some coffee and make sure you are ready to maximize your Fall meeting … Read More

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ULI Young Leaders Meet in Denver for 2015 Leadership Exchange

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On June 18th and 19th, ULI Young Leaders from Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, New York, Austin, New Orleans, Miami, and Denver gathered  to participate in the 10th annual ULI Young Leaders Exchange in Denver. Attendees experienced a day and half tour of projects throughout various areas of Denver, including the Central Platte Valley, the 16th Street Mall, Mariposa in La Alma/Lincoln Park, Cherry Creek, and RiNo (River North). The Exchange began Thursday afternoon with a tour of the area west of Denver’s Union Station that was previously a … Read More

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