Monthly Archives: November 2014

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

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ULI Members Honored as Bisnow 2014 Chicago Power Women

Congratulations to nine ULI Chicago members named Bisnow 2014 Chicago Power Women in CRE.  Bisnow completed a seven-part Power Women series profiling the 50 most influential women in Chicago commercial real estate.  Honorees were celebrated at a cocktail awards reception.  Read the most recent series profiles Congratulations to the following ULI Chicago honorees: Kim Adams, JPMorgan Asset Management Alissa Adler, Podolsky | Circle CORFAC International Susanne Cannon, DePaul Real Estate Center Collete English Dixon, Prudential Real Estate Investors Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Public Building Commission of Chicago Nila Leiserowitz, Gensler Mary … Read More

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Young Leaders Share Lunch and Conversation with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, twenty young leaders gathered for a “Brown Bag Lunch” to listen to and dialogue with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer at the offices of Related Midwest.  Bridget Gainer has served as the 10th District Cook County Commissioner since April 2009. She also works in the private sector as a Vice President of Global Public Affairs for Aon Corporation.  During the Lunch, Commissioner Gainer briefly highlighted the many responsibilities of the County but primarily focused on the real estate responsibilities of the County, an issue that is … Read More

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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

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ULI Chicago Young Leaders Give Back to Community

“ The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” Tom Bodett, Author and Radio Host On Saturday morning, November 8th, fifteen ULI Young Leaders volunteered to paint inspirational quotes throughout Burke Elementary School in Washington Park. The group was greeted by the energetic Principal, Jessica Biggs, and School Culture and Community Coordinator, Shaka Rawls, who provided an overview of the school and explained the importance of the project. This beautification project was meaningful … Read More

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300 East Randolph Wins 2014 ULI Global Award for Excellence

Chicago development, 300 East Randolph, has been selected as a winner of the 2014 ULI Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.  The development was previously honored with a local  ULI Chicago Vision Award (2012 Project Category: Innovation). A total of thirteen innovative developments from around the globe, including six in North America, four in Europe, and three in Asia, were selected as winners in the competition and were announced at ULI’s Fall Meeting in New York City last month.  See all … Read More

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