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The ULI Chicago Technical Assistance Panel provides a multi-disciplinary team approach to address a specific land-use or development challenge.


Moving your Project Forward

ULI Chicago’s signature Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) provides comprehensive and strategic advice in response to a specific land use or development assignment.

  • Two-day commitment with extensive research and in-depth analysis
  • 10-12 member expert panel
  • Confidential stakeholder interviews
  • Public Presentation

Deliverable: Full-color, printed report that assembles practical, implementable recommendations to the sponsor and the local community.

Browse sample reports in the ULI Chicago TAP Report Library

Benchmarking Success

The Technical Assistance Panel process includes a 1, 6, and 12 month followup with sponsoring organizations to discuss progress, challenges or changes that have occurred in the original scope of work for each panel assignment. This is an important component of the process that allows for further assistance and guidance as communities work towards implementing recommendations from the ULI Chicago panel report.

Need More Information?
Contact ULI Chicago at 773-549-4972.

Latest Panel Updates

ULI’s Senior Resident Fellow, Maureen McAvey, Talks Retail


ULI’s Senior Resident Fellow and Bucksbaum Family Chair for Retail, Maureen McAvey, has been instrumental in leading the ULI Chicago Retail Initiative through its early stages. During a recent visit to Chicago, Maureen shared her thoughts on the challenges facing retailers and communities today and how ULI can help address these issues. What retail issues are on your radar right now? There are big demographic changes underway. One of the largest demographic cohorts today, Generation Y (people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s), is ethnically diverse and well-educated. … Read More

ULI Releases Retail Report co-authored by Chicago Member


A new ULI report, Retail in Underserved Communities, explores factors that hamper retail development in some lower-income communities, offers solutions to overcome the dearth of shopping options for neighborhood residents, and includes case studies exploring how retail development sparked revitalization efforts. The report is co-authored by ULI senior resident fellow Maureen McAvey and ULI Chicago member, Bridget Lane, director of Business Districts Inc. in Evanston, and is based on observations from industry experts at a ULI forum held in February 2014 that included representatives from ULI, the U.S. Department of … Read More

ULI Chicago Launches Retail Initiative with 2-day Workshop


ULI Chicago kicked off its 2-year retail initiative by convening a workshop on October 29-30, 2014 to address the challenges that suburban communities face in maintaining and attracting successful retail developments. The workshop brought together 15 experts including retail developers, investors, public sector representatives, planners, and engineers to help define the framework that must exist for retail development to thrive in the 21st century. Retail development is especially challenging because retail markets are constantly shifting and evolving, and are rarely defined by political boundaries. Our suburban communities are increasingly dotted … Read More