Category Archives: News From Chicago

ULI Panel Report Moving Navy Pier Redevelopment Plans Forward

Navy Pier is in the news again as leaders examine and discuss redevelopment plans in preparation for the Pier’s 100th birthday in 2016.  ULI conducted its latest advisory services panel on the Pier in 2010 sponsored by the City of Chicago and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.  The 2010 panel report titled “Reinventing the Navy Pier” outlines many of the plans being discussed and evaluated today including a new boutique hotel.  ULI conducted another panel in 1989, “An Evaluation of Revitalization Strategies for the City of Chicago and the Navy … 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 Spring Meeting Catch Up

Day Two of the ULI Spring Meeting opened with the release of Building for Wellness:  The Business Case.  The report, prepared as part of ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative, examines the investment payback on incorporating amenities that promote health and wellness, how developers have pursued this objective, and the resulting market response.  The report profiles 13 completed projects from around the world,  each representing one of three development strategies – renovation / redevelopment, new construction and master-planned communities.  Read ULI Press Release  A full complement of Concurrent Sessions took place throughout the … Read More

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ULI Spring Meeting Kicks Off in Vancouver

More than 3,000 real estate leaders (including over 150 from Chicago) will meet in Vancouver over the next three days for the ULI Spring Meeting.  The Opening General Session this afternoon spotlighted The Honorable Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver.  The day continued with city tours, committee and council meetings and will conclude with a keynote panel discussion on Global Capital Flows and numerous networking opportunities throughout the evening.  To catch all the action begin monitoring the #ULISpring14 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and Google+.  The Vancouver Sun Welcomes ULI  … Read More

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ULI Chicago Suburban Program Committee Focusing on Challenges and Opportunities in Suburban Markets

The ULI Chicago Suburban Program Committee hosted another program for industry professionals on March 11 with guest speaker Mark Eppli, Marquette University, who shared insights on whether suburban real estate is a value proposition in today’s market. The Suburban Program Committee is committed to bringing ULI’s quality programming events to suburban locations to make them convenient for professionals that may not have the ability to regularly attend events in the City. In addition, the Committee is creating meaningful programs that focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with Suburban Real Estate.  There are unique sets of trends and … Read More

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ULI Releases New Case Studies on Two Chicago Projects

ULI Case Studies showcase innovative approaches and best practices in real estate and urban development.  Each case study provides detailed information about the ideas, plans, process, performance, and lessons learned for an exemplary development project.  Two new studies were released highlighting developments in Chicago. Harper Court, a mixed-use project including office, retail, hotel, and parking uses located on a 3.18-acre site in Hyde Park.  Read more or download case study     Sullivan Center, a renovation and repositioning of a historic department store complex made up of nine buildings on a … Read More

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In Memoriam: Matthew Bucksbaum, Real Estate Icon and ULI Leader

Urban Land Institute leader Matthew Bucksbaum, co-founder of General Growth Properties, died November 24, 2013, of respiratory failure at age 87. A ULI Foundation Governor, Mr. Bucksbaum’s generous support for the Institute included an endowment in 2001 from the Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation made in conjunction with the Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation to support a ULI senior resident fellow for retail and entertainment. Through the endowment, the Bucksbaum Family sought to enhance ULI’s ability to conduct research and education efforts involving retail and urban entertainment, including best practices … Read More

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Public Presentation for Aurora Housing TAP receives positive community response

Members of the ULI Chicago Aurora Housing TAP gave a public presentation of panel recommendations on November 20, 2013.  Approximately 35-40 people were present and heard remarks from Mayor Tom Weisner, City of Aurora, and Keith Gregory, Executive Director of the Aurora Housing Authority, followed by the panel presentation and a question and answer period.  The panel report will be available soon.  Review the panel Scope of Work Review news coverage of the panel presentation: November 20, 2013 – The Beacon-News – Real estate experts to present plans for Jericho site Read Full Article … Read More

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ULI Works…in Chicago: Fall Meeting BuildUp – Divvy Provides New Bike Rental Option

Divvy Bikes has added a new option to the Chicago bike rental scene. Designed as a transportation option more than for recreation they can be used to get around the city or for a short ride along the lakefront.  Read Full Article,, 7/15/13 The weather may not be the best for bike-riding when ULI Fall Meeting attendees are in the City in November, but who knows?  It could be sunny and 65.  ULI Member, Adam Simon, HFF, tries out the new service in the Loop.  There is a bike-sharing … Read More

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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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