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Two Chicago Developments Named as Urban Land Institute 2014 Global Awards for Excellence Finalists

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

CHICAGO (June 18, 2014) – Two Chicago developments, 300 East Randolph and MetraMarket, have been selected as finalists in the 2014 ULI Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.  The two finalists have also been honored locally with ULI Chicago Vision Awards (300 East Randolph 2012 Project Category: Innovation and MetraMarket 2013 Project Category:  Adaptive Re-Use).

300 East Randolph (Developer: Walsh Higgins & Company; Goettsch Partners) – A two-phased, vertically expanded office tower located in the East Loop.

MetraMarket (Developer: U.S. Equities Realty; Designer: Cannon Design) – A mixed-use urban development in the West Loop that provides a unique and effective, high-traffic marketplace for small local artisans and purveyors.

A total of twenty-three outstanding developments from around the globe, including eleven in North America, seven in Asia, and five in Europe, have been selected as finalists in the competition.  See all finalists  From this select group, a jury representing the many fields of real estate development expertise will choose a group of winners that will be announced in October at ULI’s 2014 Fall Meeting in New York City.

“Chicago’s contributions to development, design, and architecture are known throughout the world.  We are very proud of our long history of ULI Global Awards with more than 25 projects named as either finalists or winners over the past 28 years including Millennium Park and Roosevelt Vertical Campus, among many others,” said Paul Shadle, DLA Piper LLP (US) and Chair, ULI Chicago.  See previous Chicago winners

The competition, now in its 36th year, recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management.  The program, open to all and not just to ULI members, is viewed as the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

The competition is part of the Institute’s Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, which is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design.  For more information about ULI’s Awards for Excellence program and previous winners, visit the Global Awards for Excellence competition page.

NOTE: Courtesy images of the finalists are provided by ULI for use by members of the press and media only. High resolution photos of the 2014 ULI Awards for Excellence finalists are currently available for download.


ULI Chicago (www.chicago.uli.org), 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 (www.uli.org) 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 more than 32,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

300 East Randolph Photo Credit: James Steinkamp © Steinkamp Photography
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