Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Art of Concrete Art – A Benefit for Chicago Public Art Group – 8/15/13

The weather forecast for Thursday August 15 is – 83° and Fun! You’ve seen the Red/White Ozinga concrete trucks all around the city. You’ve seen Chicago Public Art Group’s work all around the city. Now—see them both at this Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete sponsored fundraiser for Chicago Public Art Group at the Ozinga plant. Get a close look at the plant, play with wet concrete, see how artists carve concrete, and see concrete do things you would have not thought possible. All for a very good cause – Chicago Public … Read More

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Cook County Land Bank Applying Big Data to Vacancy Issues

July 23, 2013 – – Applying Big Data to Vacants, and Other Steps Taken By Chicago’s Land Bank Imagine you’re an elected official in a city like Detroit, Philadelphia or Chicago — a place with so many vacant properties that one can only estimate, within two or three thousand, how many properties are not in productive use. Now, imagine someone hands you a sack of cash and instructs you to get as many properties as you can redeveloped, or at least make it so they aren’t serving as warrens … Read More

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Social Impact Design, Keynote Discussion, Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

Join Enterprise Community Partners for the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute opening night keynote discussion, Social Impact Design.  Together, the panelists and audience will explore how design can contribute to improved health outcomes and stronger neighborhoods. Keynote Speaker:  Robert Ivy, President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Panelists:  2013 winner of the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Design Excellence in Affordable Housing and the 2013 winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Chicago Cultural … Read More

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Cook County Land Bank Receives $6 million from Illinois Attorney General

July 17, 2013 – Today, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that the Cook County Land Bank Authority is the recipient of $6 million from Illinois’ portion of the national foreclosure settlement. This major funding announcement means the Cook County Land Bank can now operationalize its mission and objective to return vacant and abandoned property back to productive and sustainable uses. In addition, the funds will be used to help the already existing South Suburban Land Bank. On behalf of the CCLBA Board of Directors, we want to thank Attorney General … Read More

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Winnetka’s Opportunity Sites Workshop continues Technical Assistance Services provided by ULI Chicago

ULI Chicago recently conducted the Winnetka Opportunity Sites Workshop, the second in a series of technical assistance services provided to the Village of Winnetka. The 8-member panel focused on long-term strategies to revitalize Winnetka’s commercial areas while remaining balanced, economically sustainable, and consistent with existing community character. ULI Chicago hopes that recommendations and lessons-learned from the Workshop will help communities around the Chicago region struggling with similar issues. In February of this year, ULI Chicago conducted the Winnetka Commercial Districts TAP which assessed three distinct business districts (Indian Hill, Elm Street, … Read More

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Pullman Neighborhood Continues to Develop Following ULI Chicago TAP

Maker of eco-friendly cleaning products to build soap production plant in Pullman Park July 16, 2013 – Chicago Tribune – Method, the maker of hip-looking, eco-friendly cleaning products, plans to open a 150,000-square-foot soap production facility on Chicago’s Far South Side next year, city officials are expected to announce Tuesday. Read Full Article Read more about ULI Chicago’s Pullman State Historic Site TAP conducted in October 2011 outlining recommendations for redevelopment of the historic site and the surrounding community.

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ULI Works…in Chicago: Fall Meeting BuildUp – Divvy Provides New Bike Rental Option

Divvy Bikes has added a new option to the Chicago bike rental scene. Designed as a transportation option more than for recreation they can be used to get around the city or for a short ride along the lakefront.  Read Full Article,, 7/15/13 The weather may not be the best for bike-riding when ULI Fall Meeting attendees are in the City in November, but who knows?  It could be sunny and 65.  ULI Member, Adam Simon, HFF, tries out the new service in the Loop.  There is a bike-sharing … Read More

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ULI Members Comment on the Impact of Universities on Chicago Neighborhoods

The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ public radio talked to ULI members, Alicia Berg, Columbia College Chicago, and Christine Carlyle, SCB, about universities and their impact and roles in Chicago neighborhoods. “Not long ago, Chicago’s urban universities often took two approaches to campus planning: they either physically walled themselves off from  their surrounding neighborhoods or they quietly contemplated moving to the suburbs. Today, universities have brought down many of those barriers and are major players in economic and urban development affairs in the neighborhoods that surround them.” Listen to complete segment, The Afternoon Shift, 7/11/13

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City of Aurora & Aurora Housing Authority Looking for Housing Strategies

The City of Aurora and the Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) engaged ULI Chicago  and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to conduct a two-day Technical Assistance Panel taking place July 11-12, 2013.  The purpose of the panel is to determine the most appropriate use for the 13-acre Jericho Circle site owned by the AHA, as well as recommend other strategies for the City and AHA to pursue to create additional housing opportunities throughout the City of Aurora. The panel will also explore the impact of the foreclosure crisis on neighborhood stabilization and shifts … Read More

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Chicago Congratulates New ULI Chairman, Lynn Thurber

ULI PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON (July 1, 2013) – Lynn Thurber, chairman of LaSalle Investment Management in Chicago, has been named the new chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global non-profit research and education institute dedicated to leadership in land use and creating thriving communities worldwide. Thurber, a ULI leader and former treasurer of the institute, will serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term that ends June 30, 2015. A member of ULI since 2004, Thurber plans to emphasize building on the progress made by the institute … Read More

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