Category Archives: News From Chicago

ULI Chicago Releases Report Outlining Strategies for Promoting Workforce Housing in North River Communities, Chicago, IL 

ULI Chicago Releases Report Outlining Strategies for Promoting Workforce Housing in North River Communities, Chicago, IL  CHICAGO (December 12, 2017) —The Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI Chicago) has released a report with strategies for promoting workforce housing, affordable to households earning between 50% and 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI), in Chicago’s North River communities. Albany Park, which is the core of the study area, is one of the most diverse Chicago area communities–two-thirds of the study area residents speak a language other than English at home, and while … Read More

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Does It Really Matter Where Customers Shop?

        Does It Really Matter Where Customers Shop? By Bridget Lane, Director, Business Districts, Inc. The headlines about 2017’s all-important holiday sales season have come out and they seem contradictory… Shopping center traffic is up, internet sales break records, 91% of shoppers surveyed by Deloitte plan to shop online, millennial and Gen Z Shoppers are brick-and-mortar’s essential future. What is the truth? The key to reconciling these headlines is understanding the difference between shopping and buying. Shopping is deciding what to purchase and buying is both a … Read More

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Part 2 | Chicago Product Council Members Talk the Benefit of Participating on a CPC. Learn More and Apply Today!

Curious about the Chicago Product Council initiative? We sat down with returning Chicago Product Council Members to discuss all things CPC. Check out their insights on the opportunity, and consider applying today! Read Part 1 of our CPC Interviews Cindy Malone SVP/Director of Sales, Chicago Title Insurance Company Q: Tell us about one of your favorite experiences from this past year’s program. A: I have truly loved every Product Council meeting. The interaction among fellow Council members is great.  …My favorite was the behind the scenes tour of Wrigley Field. … Read More

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Part 1 | Chicago Product Council Members Talk the Benefit of Participating on a CPC – Learn More and Apply for a Council Today!

Curious about the Chicago Product Council initiative? We sat down with returning Chicago Product Council Members to discuss all things CPC. Check out their insight on the opportunity, and consider applying today! Bill Dvorak Vice President, Development, Pritzker Realty Group, LLC Q: What motivated you to initially get involved in CPC, and how did the program compare to your expectations? A: The Council’s allow the participants to go beyond traditional networking by engaging the group in discussions on relevant topics.  As a member you benefit from hearing different perspectives and … Read More

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FY18 ULI Chicago Jeffrey Kahan Fellows Announced

The ULI Foundation and ULI Chicago are pleased to announce the FY18 Jeffrey Kahan Fellows, Julie Heigel, Vice President, Pearlmark Real Estate and Brittani Sanders, Director, Multi-Family, CRG Real Estate Solutions. The Fellows will participate as Full Members in ULI for the coming year as well as join a national Product Council at both the ULI Fall and Spring Meetings. In addition, they have been paired with a Council mentor who will act as a resource to expand their Council experience. A jury of seven ULI members and associates of Jeffrey Kahan reviewed applications and interviewed qualified candidates. … Read More

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Workforce Housing Strategies for North River Communities, Chicago, IL

ULI Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) convened a 2- day workshop to develop recommendations for maintaining and building workforce housing in Chicago’s North River neighborhoods, especially Albany Park. The purpose of the workshop was to promote a mix of housing types to serve a variety of household types and income levels, with a primary focus on housing affordable to households earning between 50%-120% of AMI.  Review Scope of Work. ULI Chicago panelists reviewed extensive background information, toured the area, and spoke to key stakeholders … 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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Another WIN for Sweet Beginnings, a Winner of the Inaugural ULI Chicago Vision Awards

Congratulations to 2012 ULI Chicago Community Vision Award Winner, Sweet Beginnings, on their selection for the first round of impact investment awards by Benefit Chicago! Sweet Beginnings LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network and offers full-time transitional jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals and others with significant barriers to employment in a green industry. Sweet Beginnings produces an all-natural line of raw honey and honey-infused body care products that are sold online and a host of retailers across the Chicago area including Whole Foods Market and Mariano’s. … 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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