Category Archives: Events

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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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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Eleven Winners Announced at ULI Chicago’s Vision Awards & Two Global ULI Awards for Excellence Finalists

Eleven Winners Announced at Urban Land Institute Chicago’s 2017 Vision Awards & Two Global ULI Awards for Excellence Finalists Winners recognized as visionary developments, programs, and leading young professionals in the land use and development fields   Chicago (June 6, 2017)  Eleven winners were announced at the sixth annual Urban Land Institute Chicago Vision Awards on May 31, 2017 at Morgan MFG in Chicago.  The Vision Awards honor projects and programs that use creative development practices, inventive partnerships or sharing of resources, imaginative problem solving, or visionary ideas contributing to … 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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How Strong is Your Networking Game?

  Whether new to the industry or a seasoned professional, there’s always something to be gained from networking. Take a look at these top opportunities, and put your skills into play at our upcoming Spring Networking Event.   Unexpected Market Prospects Reading up on industry publications and hearing from expert panels at our breakfast meetings are key ways to stay up-to-date on RE trends. But what about those market opportunities under the radar? Collaborating with colleagues outside the typical industry setting will spark conversation otherwise undiscussed. Six Degrees of Separation … Read More

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Young Leaders Embrace Industry Advice in Three Part Speaker Series

It has been a busy start to the New Year for the ULI Chicago Young Leaders, as many recently gathered over the course of three consecutive weeks to participate in the 2nd Annual Small Group Discussion Series. This three-part speaker discussion series showcased CRE professionals from The John Buck Company, Skidmore Merrill Owens, and Singermen Real Estate. Each of the three events proved to be full of dynamic industry insight and meaningful dialogue. Part 1: The John Buck Company – Development Case Studies The first event featured Dominic Adduci, Principal … Read More

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Meeting Summary: Real Estate Forecast 2017

This is a summary of the Real Estate Forecast 2017 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago to hear highlights of the Emerging Trends in Real Estate® report for 2017, a national real estate forecast published by ULI and PwC. The guest speaker was Dean Schwanke, Senior Vice President, Case Studies & Publications, ULI – Urban Land Institute. Following his overview, a local response panel discussed a range of topics from an outlook on Chicago-area real estate to the projected impact of … 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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Meeting Summary: Breaking the Mold – Malls Mix It Up to Stay Vital

This is a summary of the September 20, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at the Riverway Auditorium in Rosemont to hear industry leaders discuss how the rapid shift in retail has prompted owners and developers to create new strategies to maximize the value of well-located, but increasingly underutilized, real estate. Among other topics, the panel discussed the repositioning and redevelopment of former power centers and malls into multi-family residential, senior housing and smaller footprint retail uses to meet consumer trends. The moderator for the session … Read More

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Meeting Summary: 2016 Capital Markets Mid-Year Review

This is a summary of the June 28, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at LondonHouse Chicago to hear an expert panel of professionals discuss the state of the capital markets, including the tumultuous impact of Brexit, the recent referendum in which United Kingdom voters narrowly expressed their desire to leave the European Union. The panel–featuring a pension fund advisor, a national developer, a leading private equity group, and one of the nation’s largest real estate lenders–covered market sentiment, lending parameters, investor preferences, and capital availability, … Read More

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