Category Archives: (Re)discovering Chicagoland Neighborhoods

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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(Re)discover: Naperville Riverwalk

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ULI Chicago headed west to experience the final bits of fall in Naperville in this installment of the (Re)discovering Chicagoland Neighborhoods Series, our continuing focus on what makes this region unique.  Winter has officially arrived, bringing new places to explore indoors and out. Share your findings with #rediscoverchicagoland. Downtown Naperville, with its mix of independent businesses and chain retailers located in an attractive, pedestrian friendly environment, is a big draw for residents and visitors alike. One of its most distinguishing features is the Riverwalk – a beautiful tree-lined walkway that stretches for 1.75 miles … Read More

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(Re)discover: Chicago’s Buildings

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With over 200 sites available to visit through Open House Chicago, where do you begin? We have a few ideas; ULI Chicago provides a list of must-sees in this week’s segment of the (Re)discovering Chicagoland Neighborhoods Series, our continuing focus on what makes this region unique.  Take advantage of the 70 degree weekend and share your excursions with #rediscoverchicagoland. Downtown Embrace your inner tourist and head downtown to get a closer look at two ULI Global Awards for Excellence Winners. Begin with a walk through Millennium Park, which received its award in 2005, before heading across the street to 300 … Read More

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(Re)discover: Alleyways

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For this post in the (Re)discover Chicagoland Neighborhood Series, ULI Chicago went off the beaten path and explored Chicagoland alleyways! Check out our alley-finds below and don’t forget to share your own favorite unusual places with #rediscoverchicagoland. Alleys are an integral part of Chicago’s urban structure – they are the reason why our streets are lined with friendly porches instead of blank garage doors, and why we don’t have to dodge large garbage bins every time we stroll down the sidewalk! While alleys clearly play a critical service role and help create walkable, inviting … Read More

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(Re)discover: Wabash Arts Corridor

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ULI Chicago was in the South Loop for a look at community art in this installment of the (Re)discovering Chicagoland Neighborhoods Series, our continuing focus on what makes this region unique.  Embrace the summer weather while it lasts, and share photos of your neighborhood explorations using #rediscoverchicagoland. Wabash Arts Corridor Columbia College Chicago, in collaboration with the Wabash Arts Corridor, has brought together eighteen renowned international and local street artists this summer to transform Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood into a vibrant, open air art gallery. With blank walls as their canvasses and the City as their … Read More

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(Re)discover: Hyde Park

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ULI Chicago headed south to explore a few Hyde Park gems in this installment of the (Re)discovering Chicagoland Neighborhoods Series, our continuing focus on what makes this region unique.  Summer is quickly winding down, so take a longer lunch hour and post your own photos using #rediscoverchicagoland. Robie House More than a 100 years old, Robie House, one of the best examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie style architecture, continues to delight visitors with its dramatic exterior cantilevers and beautiful interior spaces. After a guided tour of the Robie House, you can continue to marvel … Read More

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(Re)discover: Garfield Park Conservatory

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Enjoy another installment in our (Re)discovering Chicagoland Neighborhoods Series focusing on what makes this region so unique.  Don’t forget to get out and about the City and Suburbs and post your own photos using #rediscoverchicagoland. Garfield Park Conservatory For more than a hundred years, the Garfield Park Conservatory, designed by the legendary landscape architect, Jens Jensen, has delighted visitors with more than 4.5 acres of naturalist landscapes under glass and open air. Recognized as one of the premier conservatories in the country, this West Side gem has an added attraction this summer, solarise:  a sea of all … Read More

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NEW (Re)discovering Chicagoland Neighborhoods Series

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ULI Chicago staff is getting around this Summer … and we’ll be posting our experiences as we visit fun, interesting, maybe breathtaking, and possibly goofy places, in the City and suburbs as we (Re)discover what makes this region so unique.  Come join us on this adventure and post your own photos using #rediscoverchicagoland so we can all enjoy a mini-desk-vacation.  Our first installment in the series is Downtown Oak Park. Downtown Oak Park The Village of Oak Park, which is still best known for its beautiful, low-slung prairie-style homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is … Read More

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