Author Archives: ULI Chicago

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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ULI Chicago Releases Report Outlining Strategies for Promoting Workforce Housing in North River Communities, Chicago, IL 

ULI Chicago Releases Report Outlining Strategies for Promoting Workforce Housing in North River Communities, Chicago, IL  CHICAGO (December 12, 2017) —The Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI Chicago) has released a report with strategies for promoting workforce housing, affordable to households earning between 50% and 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI), in Chicago’s North River communities. Albany Park, which is the core of the study area, is one of the most diverse Chicago area communities–two-thirds of the study area residents speak a language other than English at home, and while … Read More

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Does It Really Matter Where Customers Shop?

        Does It Really Matter Where Customers Shop? By Bridget Lane, Director, Business Districts, Inc. The headlines about 2017’s all-important holiday sales season have come out and they seem contradictory… Shopping center traffic is up, internet sales break records, 91% of shoppers surveyed by Deloitte plan to shop online, millennial and Gen Z Shoppers are brick-and-mortar’s essential future. What is the truth? The key to reconciling these headlines is understanding the difference between shopping and buying. Shopping is deciding what to purchase and buying is both a … Read More

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Part 2 | Chicago Product Council Members Talk the Benefit of Participating on a CPC. Learn More and Apply Today!

Curious about the Chicago Product Council initiative? We sat down with returning Chicago Product Council Members to discuss all things CPC. Check out their insights on the opportunity, and consider applying today! Read Part 1 of our CPC Interviews Cindy Malone SVP/Director of Sales, Chicago Title Insurance Company Q: Tell us about one of your favorite experiences from this past year’s program. A: I have truly loved every Product Council meeting. The interaction among fellow Council members is great.  …My favorite was the behind the scenes tour of Wrigley Field. … Read More

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