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Fourteen Winners Announced at ULI Chicago’s 2014 Vision Awards


For more information, contact:  Cindy McSherry, Executive Director, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972

Winners recognized as visionary developments, programs, and leading young professionals in the land use and development fields

Chicago (June 6, 2014)  Fourteen inspired and dynamic winners were announced at the third annual Urban Land Institute Chicago Vision Awards held on June 4, 2014 at Redmoon Theater in Chicago.  The Vision Awards honor projects and programs that use creative development practices, inventive partnerships or sharing of resources, imaginative problem solving, or visionary ideas contributing to the growth of vibrant communities.   “The Awards program identifies some of the unique projects happening in neighborhoods across the city and suburbs that are creating positive change and can be replicated in other areas ” said Teri Frankiewicz, Vice President Community Development, Crown Community Development, and co-chair of the Vision Awards.

The 2014 Vision Awards winners were named in the following categories:  project, program, and young visionary.  “We received a broad range of nominations that makes participating on the jury so exciting and choosing winners so rewarding.  All of the nominees should be commended for their extreme hard work and creativity” said Nila Leiserowitz, Managing Principal, Gensler, and jury member for the Vision Awards.

ULI Chicago congratulates its 2014 Vision Awards winners:

Redmoon Theater

Neighborhood Impact:  Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street
Innovation in Education: Hansberry College Prep, 8748 S. Aberdeen Avenue
Mixed-Use:  Harper Theater and Retail Building Redevelopment, 5238 S. Harper Avenue
Affordable Housing:  Harvest Commons Apartments, 1519 W. Warren Boulevard
Urban Innovation:  John Marshall Law School Urban Campus Expansion, 304 S. State Street
Historic Redevelopment:  Metropolitan Tower, 310 S. Michigan Avenue
Sustainability:  Walgreens Net Zero Location, 635 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Chicago Plays!, Chicago Park District
Divvy, Chicago Department of Transportation
Camping Master Plan, Forest Preserves of Cook County
NeighborSpace – Community Garden Land Trust

John Carlson, Senior Vice President, Trammell Crow Company
Molly Meyer, Owner, Omni Ecosystems

Winners received a commemorative award and will be featured on chicago.uli.org as well as in an upcoming issue of Urban Light, ULI Chicago’s quarterly newsletter.  Qualifying winners will be submitted to ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence, representing the highest standards of achievement in the global development industry.

To learn more about the 2014 Vision Awards contact ULI Chicago at 773-549-4972 or visit chicago.uli.orgNOTE:  A selection of event photos are available for Press use.


ULI Chicago, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute, has more than 1,400 members in the Chicago land area. Organized in 1986, 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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