Category Archives: Members-Only

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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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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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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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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Young Leaders Share Lunch and Conversation with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, twenty young leaders gathered for a “Brown Bag Lunch” to listen to and dialogue with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer at the offices of Related Midwest.  Bridget Gainer has served as the 10th District Cook County Commissioner since April 2009. She also works in the private sector as a Vice President of Global Public Affairs for Aon Corporation.  During the Lunch, Commissioner Gainer briefly highlighted the many responsibilities of the County but primarily focused on the real estate responsibilities of the County, an issue that is … Read More

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