Legacy Programs

ULI Chicago’s Legacy Programs are select initiatives that have been a critical component of past work and have made a significant impact on the region. ULI Chicago continues to support these initiatives and their lead organizations.

Legacy Programs

Infrastructure Initiative

ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Initiative was a multiyear effort led by ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Committee. Its goals were to address the relationship between infrastructure and land use; improve regional infrastructure decision-making; and develop national models of best practices.  Projects included the development of the Infrastructure Game Changers Analysis Process, its application to the Lakeshore Industrial Heritage Corridor and Regional Infrastructure in Northeastern Illinois, and investigation of infrastructure finance.

The Preservation Compact

Funded through a multiyear grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Preservation Compact brings together leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to preserve and improve existing affordable rental homes in Cook County.

In six years from 2005 to 2011, ULI and ULI Chicago coordinated Compact activities; developed leadership for preservation composed of developers, investors, experts and advocates and oversaw the creation of a comprehensive Rental Action Plan for Cook County. ULI Chicago also coordinated the work of seven Keystone initiatives designed to preserve affordable rental units that might otherwise be lost.

During this time, interventions by Compact partners preserved thousands of rental units, created a more favorable policy for affordable rental units by the Cook County Assessor’s office and improved access to energy retrofit funds from the Federal government and the State of Illinois.

In 2011, The Preservation Compact was integrated into the Community Investment Corporation’s existing program of work in support of affordable rental preservation. Please visit www.preservationcompact.org to learn how The Preservation Compact’s influence on local, state, and national affordable rental housing policy continues to grow.

For more information about The Preservation Compact, contact Stacie Young, Director, The Preservation Compact.


UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically challenging classroom-based, web-supported program in which students learn the roles, issues, trade-offs, and economics involved in urban development.  The program was developed at The Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with ULI, and a team of high school economics and government teachers.

ULI Chicago launched UrbanPlan in 2004 with 50 students at DePaul University.  Subsequent sessions were held at Illinois Institute of Technology, Kent State University, Loyola University, as well as additional sessions at DePaul.  From 2004 through 2011, over 600 university students and many ULI member volunteers participated in UrbanPlan in the Chicago area.  ULI continues to offer UrbanPlan in select communities and has expanded the program to include high school students.  Learn more about UrbanPlan at the national level.

Charles H. Shaw Forum on Urban Community Issues

Former ULI Chairman, ULI Chicago Trustee, and Chairman of The Shaw Company Charles H. Shaw (1933 – 2006) endowed the annual ULI/Charles H. Shaw Forum on Urban Community Issues in 2001. Since then, the Forum has incorporated issues related to the viability of urban neighborhoods to the forefront of ULI programs.

Shaw Forum Reports
The Shaw Forums/Community Catalyst Reports can be downloaded free of charge or ordered in bulk at a nominal cost from ULI’s bookstore.