Category Archives: Event Re-cap

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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Chicago Product Council BLUE Flight Spends Full Day in Discussions and Project Tours

The Blue Flight for the ULI Chicago Product Council met on April 14th at 300 S. Wacker for the CPC’s second meeting this year.  Blue Flight Chair Jim Smith with Kensington Realty Advisors introduced the day, asking council members to consider ‘why you’re here today and what do you expect to get out of the day’.  To kick-off the energy in the room, Christy Lockridge and Mary Dwyer, both with Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, led a speed-networking session. Jason Ross with Cohen Financial moderated a panel discussion on current debt … Read More

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Meeting Summary: Crowdfunding – Opportunities and Challenges

This is a summary of the February 25, 2016 meeting of the ULI Chicago District Council, which gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago to hear an expert panel of professionals discuss opportunities and challenges of crowdfunding in the real estate marketplace. Topics on this alternative source of capital for developers and investors included the differences between real estate crowdfunding platforms, how developers access crowdfunding sources, risks to both investors and real estate owners, and types of transactions that are attractive to retail investors. The moderator for the session … Read More

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Railyard to Redevelopment: 150 North Riverside

A group of 30 ULI Chicago young leaders gathered on February 16th to listen to triumphs and lessons learned from John O’Donnell and Tony Scacco of Riverside Investment & Development Company, the leader behind the 150 North Riverside project.  The 54-story Class A office building is exceptionally located on the west bank of the Chicago River at Lake Street.  The transit oriented development is centrally located just blocks from Metra, Amtrak, and CTA train and bus stops. The building, which should be substantially completed this December, will sit on a … Read More

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Key Industry Leaders Headline 2016 Chicago Product Council Program Kick-Off Event

The 2016 Chicago Product Council Program kicked-off on January 12, 2016 with 94 ULI members assigned to two flights of a broad-based urban development and mixed use Council.  The Leadership Teams from both Flights planned an exciting Kick-Off event with two high-profile industry leaders to set the tone for this year’s Council program. After opening remarks by Council Chairmen, Jim Smith, Managing Principal, Kensington Realty Advisors, Inc. and David Galowich, Principal, Madison Realty Group, Inc., they welcomed Randy Rowe, Chairman, Green Courte Partners, LLC.  As the Global Chairman of ULI, … Read More

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ULI Young Leaders Meet in Denver for 2015 Leadership Exchange

On June 18th and 19th, ULI Young Leaders from Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, New York, Austin, New Orleans, Miami, and Denver gathered  to participate in the 10th annual ULI Young Leaders Exchange in Denver. Attendees experienced a day and half tour of projects throughout various areas of Denver, including the Central Platte Valley, the 16th Street Mall, Mariposa in La Alma/Lincoln Park, Cherry Creek, and RiNo (River North). The Exchange began Thursday afternoon with a tour of the area west of Denver’s Union Station that was previously a … Read More

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Zell Speaks to ULI Young Professionals at Chicago Giving Back Event

A crowd of over 150 ULI Chicago members, including young professionals, local leaders, and ULI Foundation Governors gathered on April 7th for Chicago’s Giving Back Event sponsored by the ULI Foundation.  The Chicago event featured Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Investments, interviewed by Randy Rowe, Chairman and Founder of Green Courte Partners, LLC.  In his trademark manner, Zell spoke of his philosophies on investment, offered career advice and answered questions from young professionals in the audience. He candidly discussed his beginnings in real estate and how his real estate investment strategy actually helped him transition to more … Read More

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Related Midwest Concludes Three-Part, YL Small Group Discussion Series

For the third and final session of the outstanding Young Leaders Small Group Discussion series, Related Midwest gave a presentation on “Executing on a Vision” to a sold-out audience of ULI Young Leaders.  The presentation featured some renowned members of Related Midwest staff, specifically Curt Bailey, President; Don Biernacki, Senior Vice President – Construction; Will Tippens, Vice President – Planning and Entitlements; Tricia Van Horn, Vice President – Marketing; and, ULI Young Leader, Nick Anderson, Vice President – Acquisition and Development. Curt began the presentation by providing a brief overview of … Read More

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Private Equity focus of YL Small Group Discussion Series-Session II

ULI Chicago Young Leaders’ three-part discussion series continued with its second session on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The discussion, led by Jay Weaver and Robert Bloom of Walton Street Capital, focused on the real estate private equity industry. They discussed the history of real estate private equity, the forming of Walton Street, and perspectives on the current market.  The sold-out event included over 30 young professional members of ULI looking to broaden their knowledge of the industry and engage in open discussion with some of Chicago’s top executives. Jay and Robert … Read More

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Young Leaders Kick-Off Small Group Discussion Series

The ULI Chicago Young Leaders kicked off a three-part small group discussion series on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, providing young professionals access and intimate conversations with some of Chicago’s top executives. The first session in the series “Can We Build Here?” was led by Thomas Kerwin and Angela Spadoni of bKL Architecture, LLC.  They discussed how to evaluate a potential building site and what can impact the ability to complete an economically viable project. Thomas and Angela provided an overview of the process including examining location from both a macro and micro perspective, … Read More

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