ULI Chicago has conducted four Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) since 2021 to help strengthen commercial corridors in the City of Chicago. These include:
City Chicago Neighborhood TAP: Central Avenue in Austin (completed April 2023), in partnership with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Austin Coming Together
City of Chicago Central Area TAPs:
These TAPs were conducted with support from the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as part of City of Chicago’s Central Area recovery planning efforts.
- North Michigan Avenue (completed October 2021), in partnership with City of Chicago DPD & The Magnificent Mile Association
- LaSalle Street in the Loop (completed February 2022), in partnership with the City of Chicago DPD & Chicago Loop Alliance
- State Street in the Loop (completed June 2023) in partnership with the City of Chicago DPD & Chicago Loop Alliance
Here is more Information on the Central City Recovery Roadmap and our partnership organizations:
- The Central City Recovery Roadmap was issued in June 2021 by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Central Area Committee to provide post-COVID downtown recovery strategies to revitalize and draw visitors back to the downtown area.
- The Magnificent Mile Association is a private, non-profit membership organization with a mission of preserving, promoting, and enhancing one of Chicago’s most unique, multi-use neighborhoods. In addition to international marketing and planning popular consumer programming year-round, the Association also serves its members with district planning and beautification and incomparable networking opportunities. Members include real estate properties, retail shops, hotels, restaurants, entertainment establishments, institutional and residential properties and various professional services.
- Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA)’s mission is to create, manage and promote positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate economic recovery. CLA is a membership organization as well as the sole service provider for Special Service Area#1-2015, and the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation produces public art projects and events. For more information, please visit here.
- Austin Coming Together (ACT) is dedicated to providing backbone support for a 50+ network of non-profit, faith-based, public, and private entities. ACT is the designated lead agency—the local community-based organization—for Austin’s first Quality-of-Life Plan called Austin Forward. Together. This plan, prepared with the support of LISC Chicago, was released in 2018. Revitalizing Central Avenue and establishing it as Austin’s “Main Street,” is a focal project of Austin Forward.Together ACT facilitates collaboration to achieve more, together. This approach is called collective impact. ACT serves Austin by leveraging consistent community engagement to focus on these strategic imperatives:
- Continuous improvement of human services
- Attracting public and private investment through community organizing and planning
- Building capacity for policy change