Salesforce Negotiations Bringing Changes To Trump-Driven Rules

The opening of Chicago’s Trump Tower in 2014, with T-R-U-M-P in 20-foot-tall letters looming over the Chicago River, stirred up discontent among pedestrians, office users and apartment dwellers. Chicagoans spoke out against the aesthetics of the sign, calling it an eyesore along the river, and when Donald Trump launched a presidential campaign in 2015, it served as a constant reminder of a man who quickly made himself unpopular in Chicago.
City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called the logo “tasteless,” quickly placed restrictions on any future signs that might visually pollute the streets or skyline. But the strong possibility of attracting another big corporate name to town caused…

Orland Park Selection Latest In Suburbs Looking To Create A Downtown Feel

The village of Orland Park just selected Structured Development LLC to complete the final phase of its new downtown district, following a request for qualifications and request for proposals process. The Chicago-based firm will develop the remaining 9 acres of the village’s 27-acre Downtown Main Street “Triangle” master plan. Once completed, the project will provide residents and visitors with a pedestrian-friendly, urban-inspired district that has little in common with the suburban strip malls of the past.
“Our vision is very much in line with the village of Orland Park,” Structured Development Senior Director of Real Estate Development Jeff Berta said. “The village already has a…

Pullman Makeover Takes Step Forward With Massive Community Center

At 135K SF with three indoor turf playing fields, batting cages, classrooms and more, the newly completed Pullman Community Center is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Chicago. The center also represents a step in the revitalization of the Pullman neighborhood, according to Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, the nonprofit that developed the center.

Chicago Power Women: 5 Questions With Farpoint Development’s Regina Stilp

This limited series profiles Power Women who have helped shape cities, neighborhoods, businesses and lifestyles in the cities where they work. These women will be honored at Bisnow’s Chicago Power Women event Dec. 4. 

Regina Stilp is one of the top officials of Farpoint Development, one of Chicago’s more innovative real estate developers. The company, along with its partner Draper and Kramer, is set to redevelop the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital in Bronzeville into a mixed-use community. It will also soon start work on the $75M renovation of the Uptown Theatre, an architectural landmark left abandoned for decades. 

This Week’s Chicago Deal Sheet

Chicago-based The Habitat Co. received approval from the city’s Planning Commission to move forward with plans for a $200M, 10-acre mixed-use project in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

No HQ2, No Problem: What’s Next For The 78

The city of Chicago is on the cusp of a new era. A collection of mixed-use communities with parks and green spaces will soon rise on the edges of its downtown, bringing a massive expansion of its office market. Those new neighborhoods, such as Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards development on the North Side and Related Midwest’s The 78 in the South Loop, were some of the chief attractions for Amazon in its hunt for an HQ2 site.
But the failure to land the office market’s biggest fish will not slow down the urban core’s transformation. With a research and business incubator…

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