ULI Chicago News

Local ULI Chicago Members Win National WLI Prologis Scholarship

ULI Chicago had two local members awarded the 2018 WLI Prologis Fall Meeting Scholarship.  Navi Sandhu, Assistant Vice President, Fifield Companies and Meghan Webster, Senior Associate, Gensler, competed in a nation-wide application process and were two of the ten recipients, receiving complimentary registration to the Fall Meeting, participation on a National Product Council, as well as a WLI mentor and access to WLI Fall Meeting events. Navi and Meghan, who recently returned from the ULI Fall Meeting in Boston, share more about their experience below. Navi Sandhu As one of … Read More

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Building Reuse Implementation Memorandum Released

ULI Chicago has released the Building Reuse Implementation Memorandum to provide a roadmap for translating ideas and recommendations presented in the building reuse report into actions. Developed under the leadership of building reuse taskforces with insights from industry stakeholders, the memorandum outlines policy and code changes and outreach and education efforts that can help overcome common, but significant barriers to reusing older buildings in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Streamlining the approval process for reuse projects and incremental code changes, such as reducing the number of required off-street parking spaces and raising thresholds for new … Read More

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Announcing our 2018-19 ULI Chicago Jeffrey Kahan Full-Member Fellows

ULI Chicago is pleased to announce our 2018-19 Jeffrey Kahan Full-Member Fellows, Sara Disney Haufe, Senior Transportation Engineer, Sam Schwartz and Christa Petruska, Vice President, LaSalle Investment Management. Created in memory of long-time ULI member, Jeffrey Kahan, the Kahan Fellowship provides ULI young leaders with a one-year Full membership and participation on the IOPC-Blue National Product Council, including attendance to the ULI Fall & Spring Meetings. In addition, they have been paired with a Council mentor who will act as a resource to expand their Council experience. This year’s Fellows just returned from … Read More

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Theaster Gates Receives Prestigious ULI Nichols Award

Congratulations are in order!  The highlight of the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting was Chicago-native and internationally renowned urban planner Theaster Gates receiving the 2018 J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Internationally acclaimed artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, whose rise to prominence began with his use of art and culture to revive underserved neighborhoods in his hometown of Chicago, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The Nichols Prize honors the legacy of Kansas City, Missouri, … Read More

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Young Leaders Learn to Weigh Risk & Reward During the 2nd Small Group Discussion Series of 2018

ULI Chicago’s Under 35 members met in August for the 2nd sold-out Small Group Discussion Series of 2018. The three-part speaker series featured top CRE executives from Sterling Bay, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, and Moderne Ventures. Each meeting included interesting insights regarding the current state of the CRE industry and provided an intimate setting in which young professionals learned about evaluating the risks and rewards associated with various endeavors, as well as how to approach the flexibility required within the real estate market. Session 1: “Sterling Bay – Creative Office … Read More

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WLI & Molly Meyer Discuss the Impact of Green Roof Technology on Urban Infrastructure at the 3rd Breakthrough Series Event

ULI Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) held its third Breakthrough Series event honoring Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder, Omni Ecosystems. Guests were treated to a bird’s eye view of representative projects, courtesy of Omni’s in-house drone pilot, while Molly described combining her rigorous academic background with real-world carpentry experience to implement her vision for accessible and active urban green space.  Following the presentation, and a passing rainstorm, guests were able to view Molly’s work first-hand at Omni’s industrial loft penthouse and green roof. Molly described creating a vertically integrated multi-disciplinary … Read More

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ULI Chicago Panel Recommends Redevelopment Strategies for the Village of Mundelein’s Southside Corridor

On April 3-4, 2018, a Technical Assistance Panel convened by ULI Chicago at the invitation of the Village of Mundelein, IL, worked collaboratively to prepare recommendations regarding redevelopment potential and appropriate land uses for key sites along Mundelein’s southside corridor. Several under-performing and vacant sites along Mundelein’s Townline Road (IL Route 60) represent a variety of development opportunities that have the potential to transform Mundelein’s southside. ULI Chicago’s panelists worked collaboratively over the 2 days to create realistic and implementable recommendations for the Village regarding future land uses, transportation and … Read More

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The Group that TAPS Together Stays Together

In summer of 2016, ULI Chicago convened a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to help the Village of Gurnee create a plan to reinvigorate East Grand Avenue.  The TAP team included planners, developers, architects, financiers, market researchers and economic development specialists, all members of ULI Chicago. Over the course of two days, the team toured Gurnee, met with the Mayor, other city officials, business owners and local stakeholders, garnering data and perspectives that were translated into a series of both long-term and immediately-actionable recommendations that the Village of Gurnee could implement.  … Read More

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Brittani Sanders | 2018 ULI Spring Meeting Recap: What Our Kahan Fellows Have to Say

In Part 2 of our two-part series, Brittani Sanders, one of our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, shares her musings and major takeaways from the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit. Each year, ULI Chicago’s Jeffrey Kahan Fellowship recipients attend the ULI Fall and Spring Meetings, gaining valuable insights from the senior CRE players who convene semi-annually to attend their US Product Council meetings. Our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, Julie Heigel, Assistant Vice President, Waterton Associates LLC, and Brittani Sanders, Director, Multi-Family, CRG Real Estate Solutions, mixed it up a bit from years past … Read More

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Julie Heigel | 2018 ULI Spring Meeting Recap: What Our Kahan Fellows Have to Say

In Part 1 of our two-part series, Julie Heigel, one of our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, shares her musings and major takeaways from the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit. Each year, ULI Chicago’s Jeffrey Kahan Fellowship recipients attend the ULI Fall and Spring Meetings, gaining valuable insights from the senior CRE players who convene semi-annually to attend their US Product Council meetings. Our 2017-18 Kahan Fellows, Julie Heigel, Assistant Vice President, Waterton Associates LLC, and Brittani Sanders, Director, Multi-Family, CRG Real Estate Solutions, mixed it up a bit from years past … Read More

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