Category Archives: Community Development

Development Dialogue | Richmond, IL

Our work in the communities continued this summer as we, in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), conducted a Development Dialogue in Richmond, IL to help the Village leadership analyze and prioritize development opportunities. Richmond has nearly 2,000 residents and is located along US Highway 12 in McHenry County, IL near the Wisconsin State Line. Lake Geneva, a popular resort town in Wisconsin, is only a short drive away. People choose to live in Richmond attracted by its small-town character, picturesque downtown and easy access to McHenry’s … Read More

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Building a Local Food Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

ULI Chicago members gathered to hear from four panelists who are working to advance the region’s access to a local, sustainable food supply. Moderated by Joanna Trotter, The Chicago Community Trust, the speakers Michael Davidson, The Chicago Community Trust, Anupy Singla, Indian as Apple Pie, Natalie Shmulik, The Hatchery, and Rich Wallach, IFF engaged ULI members in a discussion of the different challenges and opportunities present in our region’s food industry. Consumers’ demand for locally sourced food continues to increase, and the upper Midwest offers some of the world’s best … Read More

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What Does Community-Focused Economic Development Look Like?

On April 13 2017, forty ULI Chicago members headed to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago to take a behind-the-scenes look at Englewood Square, a new retail development that is trying to do just that. Located at 63rd and Halsted, Englewood Square has brought back retail to the once bustling 63rd Street shopping corridor, known in its heyday to be the busiest neighborhood shopping district in the City. Besides an 18,000 SF Whole Foods Market, Englewood Square hosts Starbucks, Chipotle and 22,000 SF of additional retail/service tenants including Oak Street Health, … Read More

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Discussing Housing Sub-markets in the Chicago Region

Housing markets are defined by a combination of many different socio-economic and physical factors that often transcend jurisdictional boundaries. To identify areas with similar housing characteristics across the seven-county region, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) have partnered with the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) to develop a housing model based on factors such as age and quality of housing stock, and education and income levels of residents. The purpose of the housing model is to reveal patterns of similarities as … Read More

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ULI Members Provide Input on Proposed Updates to Chicago’s Sustainable Development Policy

ULI Chicago’s Public Policy Committee hosted Michael Berkshire from the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development (DPD)  for a presentation on the proposed update to the City’s Sustainable Development Policy. First implemented in 2004, Chicago’s Sustainable Development Policy requires new development projects and major renovations that are receiving financial assistance or needing special approvals to include sustainable elements.  The policy has resulted in Chicago being a global leader in the green roof movement and square footage of LEED certified buildings.  The main objectives of the update are to: … Read More

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ULI Members Provide Feedback on CMAP’s ON TO 2050 Regional Plan

ULI Chicago’s Public Policy Committee hosted the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on April 14, 2016 for a presentation on the ON TO 2050 Comprehensive Plan for the Chicago region. CMAP’s Outreach Principal, Jane Grover, and Senior Outreach Planner, Kelwin Harris, outlined the planning process and solicited input from ULI members regarding planning priorities that should be addressed in the 2050 Regional Plan.  View CMAP’s Making a Plan for Our Region Presentation ULI members discussed many issues that should be addressed to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of our region in … Read More

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Social Impact Design, Keynote Discussion, Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

Join Enterprise Community Partners for the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute opening night keynote discussion, Social Impact Design.  Together, the panelists and audience will explore how design can contribute to improved health outcomes and stronger neighborhoods. Keynote Speaker:  Robert Ivy, President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Panelists:  2013 winner of the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Design Excellence in Affordable Housing and the 2013 winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Chicago Cultural … Read More

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ULI Members Comment on the Impact of Universities on Chicago Neighborhoods

The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ public radio talked to ULI members, Alicia Berg, Columbia College Chicago, and Christine Carlyle, SCB, about universities and their impact and roles in Chicago neighborhoods. “Not long ago, Chicago’s urban universities often took two approaches to campus planning: they either physically walled themselves off from  their surrounding neighborhoods or they quietly contemplated moving to the suburbs. Today, universities have brought down many of those barriers and are major players in economic and urban development affairs in the neighborhoods that surround them.” Listen to complete segment, The Afternoon Shift, 7/11/13

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 19th Annual CNDA Awards

THE 19TH ANNUAL CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT AWARDS Recognizing outstanding achievement in neighborhood real estate development and community building. Applications are due on September 10, 2012. All applicants must be available for a site visit on October 5, 2012. THE RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION AWARDS FOR ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY DESIGN Recognizing best practices in community design, landscape design and architecture. Applications are due on September 14, 2012. A monetary award will be presented to winners, who will be announced and honored at a late-afternoon ceremony on February 13, 2013 at … Read More

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ULI Member, Teri Frankiewicz comments on the Community Development Outlook

April 16, 2012 – Urban Land – Members of ULI’s Community Development Council speak about the impact of the slow economy, the increased appeal of smaller sites in denser locations, consumers’ current amenity preferences, the impact of ethnic and demographic changes, and the rising demand for housing that can accommodate multiple generations.  ULI Chicago Advisory Board Member and ULI Trustee, Teri Frankiewicz, shares her outlook. Read full article

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