Help us build a foundation for the future by partnering with us as we play a key role in addressing the challenges faced by many urban areas. The need for leadership in land use has never been greater.
Key ULI Chicago initiatives include:
Our City, Our Future: Building Resilient Neighborhoods
ULI Chicago launched the Resiliency Initiative in October 2020 to harness the strength of its members to build equitable and sustainable neighborhoods as the building blocks of a thriving, resilient Chicago. Working in close partnership with the city of Chicago, we will convene industry and community experts in a series of workshops through Spring 2021 to prepare implementable recommendations that will also inform Chicago’s new citywide plan. Identifying opportunities for encouraging capital investment across all sectors of the built environment, with a focus on uplifting all residents and neighborhoods, will be a key part of the initiative.
In partnership with LISC Chicago, we launched Yield in the summer of 2020. Modeled on ULI’s Product Councils, Yield is a learning network that will build capacity of emerging commercial real estate developers of color in Chicago, support local wealth creation, and help bring visions of authentic neighborhood projects to life in South and West Side Chicago communities. Yield aggregates emerging and seasoned real estate professionals who share best practices and work together to further actionable neighborhood-based commercial real estate projects.
Unlocking Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Chicago
In May 2020, ULI Chicago released recommendations for a successful, equitable ADU policy for Chicago as the culmination of a year-long ADU Initiative that engaged over a hundred members. ADUs, such as basement and attic units and backyard houses, can add new housing units at a lower cost than typical new construction units and create more diverse, vibrant neighborhoods. We combined on-the-ground knowledge of members with data analysis and lessons learned from peer cities across the country to develop implementable recommendations for Chicago. ULI Chicago’s ADU recommendations were instrumental in the framing of Chicago’s ADU ordinance introduced by Mayor Lightfoot in Chicago City Council in May 2020; the ordinance is currently being reviewed by City Council members.
ULI Chicago is forging ahead confidently to provide the leadership necessary to plan for the future. Great challenges breed great opportunities for creative thinking, unique problem solving, and innovative ideas. Help us build a foundation.
The following 2021 giving opportunities are available:
- Leadership – $10,000
- Contributor – $7,500
- Supporter – $3,000
To schedule a meeting to discuss sponsorship opportunities and discover ways your company can benefit from involvement in ULI Chicago, please contact Cindy McSherry, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972.