Monthly Archives: September 2013

ULI Works…in Chicago: Fall Meeting BuildUp – Explore Chicago’s Neighborhoods

Chicago is a city of distinct neighborhoods and local identity.  The City’s character is defined by the people who live, work and play here.  Culture and ethnicity play a large part in the grid of neighborhoods that span Chicago.  Pilsen, one of the fastest changing areas of the City, located just a short distance from McCormick Place, is an historic Latino neighborhood that has been at the center of a vibrant arts, education, and community redevelopment effort. Join us for “A Neighborhood Revitalized:  Chicago’s Pilsen”, a Speed Learning session, Thursday, November 7, … Read More

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Event Recap: Development Along the Chicago River Poses Interesting Challenges

On September 26th, The Hines development team led by Greg Van Schaack and Tom D’Arcy guided a group of ULI Young Leaders through the development of their Wolf Point and River Point projects. While both sites benefit from world class locations on the Chicago River, the team has encountered significant challenges along the way. River Point has survived both a global credit crisis and an unusual permitting process (which is abnormally complicated by rail tracks and/or water surrounding the site). Construction of the Amtrak platform is underway and the building … Read More

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Winnetka Park District in Support of ULI Chicago Panel Recommendation

September 23, 2013 – TribLocal Winnetka & Northfield – Study recommends Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods business district become a village gathering place A recent study of Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods business district recommends re-casting the neighborhood park as a village “great lawn,” linking residents and visitors alike to a vibrant arts and design-themed shopping and dining destination.  Officials said the idea was inspired by the energy and community spirit found at New York City’s Bryant Park. As conducted by Chicago-area officials with the nonprofit organization Urban Land Institute, which promotes the responsible use … Read More

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ULI Chicago TAP Explores Devon Avenue Corridor Redevelopment

The Village of Lincolnwood applied for and was awarded funding from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to evaluate the redevelopment potential in the Devon Avenue corridor between McCormick Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. CMAP and the Village of Lincolnwood selected ULI Chicago as the technical assistance partner to advance the project with a 2-day Technical Assistance Panel (TAP). ULI experts in development, market feasibility, finance, land use, and design met on September 10-11, 2013 to tour the study area, interview community and business stakeholders, … Read More

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ULI Works…in Chicago: Fall Meeting BuildUp – Pullman Historic District Pushing for National Park Status

The Pullman State Historic District, one of ten Mobile Workshops offered during the Fall Meeting, may soon become an urban National Park pending an economic feasibility study. Read More

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Cook County Land Bank Expected to Combat Urban Blight

September 3, 2013 – Chicago – Cook County Land Bank aims to help towns beat blight The Cook County Land Bank is nearly open for business, and if it works, assumptions about the power of local governments to combat urban blight might have to change.  The land bank is supposed to help Chicago and the suburbs take vacant or neglected property and make it productive or at least a community asset. It would acquire property, get rid of back taxes and liens and make it fit for a responsible … Read More

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