ULI Chicago News

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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Dynamic Projects, Interesting Spaces and New Data Tools Highlighted at Council Day

Photo courtesy of Perkins+Will

The ULI Chicago Product Council Blue Flight recently met for their final, half-day Council meeting at the Perkins+Will “Cloud” conference room on the 18th floor of the Wrigley Building. The agenda featured urban infill mixed-use development and redevelopment projects and included two panels, four presentations from Blue Flight members and several roundtable discussions. Council members had ample time to network in between sessions and had an inside look at several exciting projects around the City. The Wrigley Building Renovation The first presentation of the day highlighted Zeller’s recent redevelopment of … Read More

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


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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FY17 ULI Jeffrey Kahan Fellows Announced

The ULI Foundation and ULI Chicago are pleased to announce the FY17 Jeffrey Kahan Fellows, Anastacia Fratto, ResElevate and Rocky Afo, Leopardo Companies, Inc. The Fellows will participate as Full Members in ULI for the coming year as well as join a national Product Council at the ULI Spring and Fall Meetings. In addition, they will be paired with a Council mentor who will act as a resource to expand their Council experience as well as a local Chicago mentor in their market sector. A jury of nine ULI members and associates of Jeffrey Kahan reviewed applications and interviewed qualified … Read More

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