ULI Chicago News

2016 Larson Housing Award Winner: City of Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative

Winner of the 2016 ULI Larson Award for Leadership in Housing Policy, Chicago’s Troubled Buildings Initiative (TBI) is an innovative, inter-departmental program that is leveraging community partnerships to prevent neighborhood blight while improving housing options in low and moderate income neighborhoods across the City. Through TBI, the City is stabilizing buildings that pose a threat to the health and safety of residents and the neighborhood because of their deteriorated physical condition and/or poor management. Video Clip: How Troubled Buildings Initiative Works   Since its inception in 2004, TBI has turned … Read More

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James A. McShane Honored as 2016 ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


ULI CHICAGO PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact Cynthia McSherry, Executive Director, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972. CHICAGO (December 1, 2016) –James “Jim” McShane, CEO, The McShane Companies, will be honored this evening, December 1, 2016 at the Twenty-Second Annual ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner. The Urban Land Institute’s Chicago District Council (ULI Chicago) annually recognizes an industry leader who has had significant influence in the growth and development of Chicago’s real estate community, as well as pursues positive civic, charitable, and philanthropic endeavors. “Jim’s demonstrated … Read More

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Chicago Product Council Chair, Christy Lockridge, Talks 2017 Program. Learn More and Apply for a Council Today!


Curious about the Chicago Product Council initiative? We sat down with 2017 Blue Flight Chair, Christy Lockridge, Principal, Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, to discuss all things CPC. Check out her insight on the opportunity, and consider applying today! Q: What motivated you to initially get involved in CPC, and how did the experience compare to your expectations? A: I had previously been active in ULI on a national council but stepped away for a few years due to other commitments.  I was looking for a meaningful way to re-engage with ULI … Read More

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Meeting Summary: Real Estate Forecast 2017


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 Chicago Releases Report Outlining Revitalization Strategies for East Grand Avenue in Gurnee, IL


ULI CHICAGO PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact Cynthia McSherry, Executive Director, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972, chicago@uli.org  ULI Chicago Releases Report Outlining Strategies for Revitalizing East Grand Avenue In Gurnee, IL  CHICAGO (November 9, 2016) —The Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI Chicago) has released a report with strategies for revitalizing East Grand Avenue between Route 41 and Green Bay Road in Gurnee, IL. Prepared by an expert panel of ten, cross-disciplinary ULI members, the report recommends creating a unique identity for East Grand Avenue that is distinct from … Read More

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City of Chicago Housing Initiative Selected As Winner of ULI’s 2016 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award

Larson Award Winners. 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, Dallas Texas

ULI PRESS RELEASE DALLAS (October 27, 2016) – The City of Chicago’s Troubled Building Initiative was selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award, an annual recognition of the innovative ways the public sector is addressing the country’s affordable housing crisis. The Chicago initiative, honored last night during a ceremony at the ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, was chosen by a jury of national housing industry leaders. The housing initiative was selected from a … Read More

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How to Expand Your Membership: Monthly Coffee w/ ED Series


Making a personal connection with someone who is deeply committed and intimately knowledgeable about an industry or organization is one of the most productive relationships you can foster.  On the third Friday of every month, ULI Chicago offers just that to their members – and all you have to do is show up.  Executive Director, Cindy McSherry, hosts morning coffee at the ULI Chicago office designed to personally connect individuals with the many opportunities the District Council has to offer. Intentionally small, these gatherings offer one-on-one conversation and a chance … Read More

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(Re)discover: Chicago’s Buildings


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


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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Redevelopment Exercise Sparks Discussion Among Mentorship Program Participants


Members of ULI Chicago’s Mentorship Program recently gathered with John Gavin, Principal at Sterling Bay, to brainstorm land-use and redevelopment ideas for the former Coyne College site in Fulton Market. The exercise, modeled after the District Council’s Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) program, provided Proteges and Mentors the opportunity to share their expertise to address a real land use challenge. Coyne College, developed in 2004 by Smithfield Properties, is located on the northwest corner of N. Green Street and W. Wayman Street.  Sterling Bay acquired the existing 76,000 square foot building and adjacent … Read More

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