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Young Leaders Learn to Weigh Risk & Reward During the 2nd Small Group Discussion Series of 2018

ULI Chicago’s Under 35 members met in August for the 2nd sold-out Small Group Discussion Series of 2018. The three-part speaker series featured top CRE executives from Sterling Bay, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, and Moderne Ventures. Each meeting included interesting insights regarding the current state of the CRE industry and provided an intimate setting in which young professionals learned about evaluating the risks and rewards associated with various endeavors, as well as how to approach the flexibility required within the real estate market. Session 1: “Sterling Bay – Creative Office … Read More

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WLI & Molly Meyer Discuss the Impact of Green Roof Technology on Urban Infrastructure at the 3rd Breakthrough Series Event

ULI Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) held its third Breakthrough Series event honoring Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder, Omni Ecosystems. Guests were treated to a bird’s eye view of representative projects, courtesy of Omni’s in-house drone pilot, while Molly described combining her rigorous academic background with real-world carpentry experience to implement her vision for accessible and active urban green space.  Following the presentation, and a passing rainstorm, guests were able to view Molly’s work first-hand at Omni’s industrial loft penthouse and green roof. Molly described creating a vertically integrated multi-disciplinary … Read More

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ULI Chicago Panel Recommends Redevelopment Strategies for the Village of Mundelein’s Southside Corridor

On April 3-4, 2018, a Technical Assistance Panel convened by ULI Chicago at the invitation of the Village of Mundelein, IL, worked collaboratively to prepare recommendations regarding redevelopment potential and appropriate land uses for key sites along Mundelein’s southside corridor. Several under-performing and vacant sites along Mundelein’s Townline Road (IL Route 60) represent a variety of development opportunities that have the potential to transform Mundelein’s southside. ULI Chicago’s panelists worked collaboratively over the 2 days to create realistic and implementable recommendations for the Village regarding future land uses, transportation and … Read More

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The Group that TAPS Together Stays Together

In summer of 2016, ULI Chicago convened a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to help the Village of Gurnee create a plan to reinvigorate East Grand Avenue.  The TAP team included planners, developers, architects, financiers, market researchers and economic development specialists, all members of ULI Chicago. Over the course of two days, the team toured Gurnee, met with the Mayor, other city officials, business owners and local stakeholders, garnering data and perspectives that were translated into a series of both long-term and immediately-actionable recommendations that the Village of Gurnee could implement.  … Read More

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Brittani Sanders | 2018 ULI Spring Meeting Recap: What Our Kahan Fellows Have to Say

In Part 2 of our two-part series, Brittani Sanders, one of our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, shares her musings and major takeaways from the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit. Each year, ULI Chicago’s Jeffrey Kahan Fellowship recipients attend the ULI Fall and Spring Meetings, gaining valuable insights from the senior CRE players who convene semi-annually to attend their US Product Council meetings. Our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, Julie Heigel, Assistant Vice President, Waterton Associates LLC, and Brittani Sanders, Director, Multi-Family, CRG Real Estate Solutions, mixed it up a bit from years past … Read More

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Julie Heigel | 2018 ULI Spring Meeting Recap: What Our Kahan Fellows Have to Say

In Part 1 of our two-part series, Julie Heigel, one of our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, shares her musings and major takeaways from the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit. Each year, ULI Chicago’s Jeffrey Kahan Fellowship recipients attend the ULI Fall and Spring Meetings, gaining valuable insights from the senior CRE players who convene semi-annually to attend their US Product Council meetings. Our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, Julie Heigel, Assistant Vice President, Waterton Associates LLC, and Brittani Sanders, Director, Multi-Family, CRG Real Estate Solutions, mixed it up a bit from years past … Read More

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WLI Launches Breakthrough Series

ULI Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) created a new program series called the “WLI Breakthrough Series”.  The Series was established to highlight the accomplishments of women in the Chicago CRE market, while facilitating meaningful discussions and networking opportunities, both with the guest speaker as well as other event attendees. The launch of the WLI Breakthrough Series took place last November and featured guest speaker, Laura Hines, Director, Hines.  Laura spoke about her successful projects, specifically the development of Chicago’s new River Point, which is where the event took place, as … Read More

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ULI Chicago Members Provide Technical Assistance in Mundelein

ULI Chicago members are in Mundelein for the next two days conducting a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) at the request of Village of Mundelein officials.  The TAP will be focusing on redevelopment strategies for select priority sites within the southside commercial area in the Village of Mundelein. The TAP will seek to answer the following questions posed by the Village of Mundelein: What are appropriate future land uses for the corridor, which has been split between large commercial uses and industrial/office uses? What transportation enhancements may be necessary to enhance the … Read More

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How Craft Breweries are Driving Development

Last week ULI Chicago members gathered at The Plant, a former meatpacking facility in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, to experience first-hand how craft brewers are thriving in long-term disinvested neighborhoods and helping drive their revitalization. The Plant formed the perfect backdrop for this conversation – after sitting vacant for years and being marketed as a “strip and rip” building, i.e. a building likely best suited for stripping out any valuable building materials before being torn down, The Plant has been transformed into an incubator for food businesses focused … Read More

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Development Dialogue | Aurora, IL

ULI Chicago members recently conducted a Development Dialogue in Aurora, IL to help jumpstart the City’s downtown redevelopment efforts. This technical assistance was provided in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and as a follow-up to the newly adopted Downtown Master Plan for the City. Located along the Fox River, Aurora is the second largest city in the State of Illinois with just over 200,000 residents. In addition to historic charm and beautiful architecture, downtown Aurora has many significant assets – its Metra rail commuter station is … Read More

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