Category Archives: Membership

On-the-Go Involvement with ULI Chicago

ULI Members, like YOU, are diligently active in their jobs, communities, and lives – that’s what makes this organization so dynamic. Knowing you’re busy, here’s a quick guide on how to integrate your ULI membership and schedule. Member Directory Connect with the 40,000 ULI members worldwide, with over 1,400 here in the Chicagoland area. This member-only directory allows you to search by a variety of parameters, expanding your professional network. Breakfast Meetings Create a new connection and stay current with the industry’s trends and topics, all before the office even … Read More

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How to Expand Your Membership: Monthly Coffee w/ ED Series

Making a personal connection with someone who is deeply committed and intimately knowledgeable about an industry or organization is one of the most productive relationships you can foster.  On the third Friday of every month, ULI Chicago offers just that to their members – and all you have to do is show up.  Executive Director, Cindy McSherry, hosts morning coffee at the ULI Chicago office designed to personally connect individuals with the many opportunities the District Council has to offer. Intentionally small, these gatherings offer one-on-one conversation and a chance … Read More

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ULI Fall Meeting Starts Today – Are You Ready?

The ULI Fall Meeting starts today with “Tour Day”.  If you were lucky enough to register early for one of these on-site tours, you will have an amazing day!  From Mission Bay to Oakland to the Port of San Francisco, ULI members will be all across the Bay Area.  These exclusive real estate and cultural experiences are always a sell out and this year has been no different. For those just arriving today and adjusting to Pacific time, get some coffee and make sure you are ready to maximize your Fall meeting … Read More

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Ask a ULI Member: Aging up within ULI … Staying involved after 35

The cost of an associate membership without the under 35 discount can be hard to justify.  After 35, people often begin the struggle of maintaining a good work/life balance with growing families.  Having a young family myself means my time is valuable and anything that takes away time from my family or work has to be worth it.   As an investment broker, I always ask myself “how do I maximize my return on my investment (ROI)?”  So what’s the benefit of maintaining your ULI membership after 35?  I have found … Read More

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ULI Members Honored as Bisnow 2014 Chicago Power Women

Congratulations to nine ULI Chicago members named Bisnow 2014 Chicago Power Women in CRE.  Bisnow completed a seven-part Power Women series profiling the 50 most influential women in Chicago commercial real estate.  Honorees were celebrated at a cocktail awards reception.  Read the most recent series profiles Congratulations to the following ULI Chicago honorees: Kim Adams, JPMorgan Asset Management Alissa Adler, Podolsky | Circle CORFAC International Susanne Cannon, DePaul Real Estate Center Collete English Dixon, Prudential Real Estate Investors Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Public Building Commission of Chicago Nila Leiserowitz, Gensler Mary … Read More

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ULI Member, Kirsten Hull, Awarded ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative Scholarship

Kirsten Ekdahl Hull, Portfolio Manager, McCaffery Interests, Inc., is one of ten recipients of a Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Scholarship in connection with the ULI Fall Meeting, October 21-23, 2014 in New York City.  The mission of the WLI is to raise the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry.  The competitive Scholarship Program fulfills a key objective of the Initiative by recognizing and supporting outstanding women members of ULI. Over 130 scholarship applications were received and those chosen had a compelling background and … Read More

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Longtime ULI Member, Marshall Bennett, Profiled in Media

Marshall Bennett has been a member of ULI since 1962 and is a past recipient of the ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Chicago Sun-Times recently profiled his long and illustrious real estate career. April 11, 2014 – Chicago Sun-Times – The Sitdown: Marshall Bennett, 92, has quietly redesigned the area landscape during his lifetime Read Full Article and View Video Excerpt  

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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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Charles Fraser: Hilton Head Visionary

Four of the most revered and innovative real estate developers and ULI leaders, all of whom began their career on Hilton Head Island with Charles Fraser, talk to ULI about how Charles encouraged them to get involved with ULI and how the organization helped their careers. Watch the Video Learn more about ULI member benefits at:

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New Member Breaks Ice at Breakfast Meeting

Becoming an Urban Land Institute member was an important decision for me considering that I’m a mother, a working professional, and an MBA student.  Through my participation in the MBA program, I’ve come to realize that my networks are not as strong as I had thought.  I am generally connected to engineers and other project consultants in the western suburbs, but less so with other industry professionals in both the suburbs and the City.  Now that school is winding down and my children have become more independent, the timing was … Read More

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