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Eleven Winners Announced in Urban Land Institute Chicago’s Inaugural 2012 Vision Awards


CONTACT: Cindy McSherry, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972

Eleven Winners Announced in Urban Land Institute Chicago’s Inaugural 2012 Vision Awards

Winners recognize visionary developments, programs and young professionals in the land use and development fields

Chicago – (June 7, 2012) Over 300 real estate professionals attended the 2012 ULI Chicago Vision Awards on June 6, 2012 at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. Eleven creative and visionary winners were announced and applauded during the unique awards event. “We were thrilled with the turnout for this year’s inaugural event. Our intent was to host a creative, inventive, and most of all ‘fun’ event in honor of the passion and vision of all our finalists” said Teri Frankiewicz, Crown Community Development and co-chair of the Vision Awards.

The 2012 Vision Awards winners were named in three categories: project, program, and young visionary with special designations in the project category. “Our 2012 winners exemplify the desire and drive necessary to advance best practices in land use while solving often complex problems and finding innovative solutions. We are pleased to honor and highlight their achievements” said Mary Ludgin, Heitman, LLC and jury member for the Vision Awards.

ULI Chicago 2012 Vision Awards winners are:

Innovation:  300 E. Randolph, Chicago
Non-Profit: Inspiration Kitchens, Chicago
Sustainability: Testa Produce, Inc. Distribution Facility, Chicago
Urban: The Legacy at Millennium Park, Chicago
Suburban: The Shops and Residences at Uptown Park Ridge, Park Ridge

Energy Savers, CNT Energy & Community Investment Corporation
Green Permit Program, City of Chicago Department of Buildings
Modern Schools Across Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago & Chicago Public Schools
Sweet Beginnings
, North Lawndale Employment Network
Troubled Buildings Initiative – Distressed Condominium Program
, Community Investment Corporation & City of Chicago

Dave Cocagne
President & CEO, Vermilion Development

The Vision Awards, introduced by ULI Chicago this year, honored projects and programs that used creative development practices, inventive partnerships or sharing of resources, imaginative problem solving, or visionary ideas contributing to the growth of vibrant communities. Nominees were evaluated by a jury of peers in the industry. Winners received a glass and metal award and will be featured at chicago.uli.org as well as in an upcoming issue of Urban Light, ULI Chicago’s quarterly newsletter.

To learn more about the 2012 Vision Awards contact ULI Chicago at 773-549-4972 or visit chicago.uli.org.


ULI Chicago, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute, has more than 1,000 members in the Chicago land area. Organized in 1986, the district council celebrates 25 years in 2012. ULI Chicago provides expertise and guidance on land use and development issues to local communities through comprehensive technical assistance services and infrastructure initiatives. The district council hosts monthly meetings, trends conferences, policy forums, and networking opportunities for its members and others in the real estate industry.

The Urban Land Institute is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.


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