CCAC Summer Newsletter
CCAC Summer Newsletter
CCAC eNews
Summer 2015
CCAC eNews is the monthly newsletter of the Chicago Central Area Committee. For more information about the CCAC or to inquire about membership, please contact Kelly O'Brien at (312) 602-5148 or
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The CCAC 2015 Meeting Calendar is ready to download in PDF format. The Calendar lists this year's dates and locations for our popular luncheon speaker series, hosted each month by a different CCAC member organization. (NOTE: Locations subject to change--see website for newest calendar. Meetings open to paid members and guests, only.)
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CCAC Hears from Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871
CCAC would like to thank Adair Schwartz, President of Power Realty Partners, for hosting CCAC’s monthly luncheon at the Chicago Yacht Club on June 9, 2015. At the meeting, members heard from Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871.
The mission of 1871 is to grow, train and support entrepreneurs of all ages in their efforts to create and expand the number of new, diverse, digitally-enabled, early-stage businesses in the Chicagoland area. 1871 does this by providing entrepreneurs with a robust, connected and highly active community of peers, access to space and connectivity, education and training resources, early-stage angel and venture capital funds, hundreds of mentors and introductions, pilot programs and partnerships with large and small customers. 1871 is a massive hub of incubators, accelerators, universities, schools, investors, corporations, and mentors. It is more properly described as a startup factory.
In his talk, Tullman addressed key technology trends that are or will impact our lives.  We had three key takeaways from his talk:
1) Time is the scarcest resource in our lives today:  An entirely new industry has emerged where businesses deliver consumers the product of time saved. Instacart, OpenTable and LuxeValet, all deliver products and services instantly as a consumer needs it. Amazon is going one step further to anticipate your shopping needs - using data about you to to predict what products you will order and preemptively shipping those products to an Amazon warehouse near your home.
2) Context is more important than content: Relevance is key. Brands and messages are competing for attention with everything, and as consumers, we only make the time for we need or for we’re interested in. Reach, resonance and reaction are just as (if not more) important than the message itself - and enabled through technology, specifically mobile.
3) The labor market is changing: We are starting to see a migration towards an economy of free agents.  People are able to turn their excess capacity into an income stream through companies such as Task Rabbit, Uber, Airbnb, Mechanical Turk, Chore Mart.  This change is allowing us to work wherever, whenever.
The talk from Tullman was a rapid fire lesson in how technology is impacting our behaviors and attitudes around the way we lead our lives. 
CCAC Hears about Building a Zero Carbon Chicago
Richard Wilson opened the lunch by explaining that architecture needs to be different in order to be sustainable, and that by investing in a city’s core area – a major focus of the CCAC – a city can reduce its carbon footprint.
CCAC would like to thank Richard Wilson, Director of City Planning and Urban Design at Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture for hosting CCAC’s monthly luncheon at their downtown office building on June 14, 2015.  CCAC members heard from a panel of presenters on efforts to move Chicago to a zero-­‐carbon city.
Wilson opened the lunch by explaining that architecture needs to be different in order to be sustainable, and that by investing in a city’s core area – a major focus of the CCAC – a city can reduce its carbon footprint. After a research study of the City of Chicago performed by Wilson’s firm, it was determined that, “70% of carbon emissions originate from buildings compared to 40% for typical US Cities due to the age of [Chicago’s] buildings.”   
Dr. Chris Drew, Director of Sustainability for Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, started the discussion by pointing out that the idea of carbon emissions has changed over time, and that a holistic approach to a building’s carbon footprint needs to be examined. For example, while skyscrapers occupy very little land, they use a lot of energy for normal operations. To illustrate his point, he told that audience that 10% of a building’s energy consumption is just pumping water through the building. Buildings also create a lot of carbon emissions to construct, and Drew pointed out that the process of creating, “one metric ton of concrete emits 300 – 400 kilos (600 – 700 pounds) of carbon dioxide.” 
Drew presented the Chicago Decarbonization Plan, which is a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by the year 2050 with the year of 1990 as the base year. The plan includes eight areas of study and focus: buildings, infrastructure, urban matrix, water, mobility, waste, community, and energy. Unfortunately, Chicago has a lot of room for improvement towards following the plan. After an initial dip in carbon emissions, they have started to climb back up.
There were many options for carbon reduction that Drew presented, including encouraging transportation planners to incorporate better transportation planning; as well as encouraging city planners to combine residential and commercial zoning in the same space, as this diversification avoids entire areas of the city being vacant and unused at different times of day; creating programs where buildings can share and trade unused resources; continue efforts to separate Chicago’s wastewater from its storm water runoff, and using technology to better collect waste and refuse instead of sending garbage trucks down every street every day.
Drew closed his remarks by indicating that the energy company’s current infrastructure has mostly reached capacity for Chicago’s core area, so if the city’s core is going to continue to grow, then the city must find ways to reduce the carbon emissions of new buildings, as well as retrofit the current buildings in order to meet future demand.
CCAC Chairman Greg Hummel then reminded the audience that the two previous months’ speakers – an executive from ComEd and technology start up host 1871 – both made similar points and it is the responsibility of  CCAC to push for smarter and more creative ways of thinking such as ComEd’s smart-­‐grid project and 1871’s approach to collaboration among tech start-­‐ups.
Caralynn Nowinsky, Executive Director of UI Labs, a Chicago-­‐based applied research and commercialization collaborative, was next to speak about bringing talent to technology by encouraging universities and companies to work together.            She remarked, “There are some problems too big for any one institution to solve, but together they can share assets and they can share the risk, and they can develop solutions to those problems.”
The UI Labs is currently at the end of their start-­‐up mode, using initial funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to create the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to bring together manufacturing and technology companies to collaborate with university, government, and community partners with a goal of transforming the manufacturing industry.
UI Labs next major initiative is CityWorks, which is a laboratory to, “facilitate the collaboration between various companies, universities, start ups, and other innovators to be able to carry out live research on development projects.” 
Nowinsky re-­‐enforced an earlier point made by the previous month’s speaker Howard Tullman on the importance of state and local governments making data assets available for research and study.  By making the data that the city generates available to the public, researchers – like those at UI Labs –  can use that data to develop innovative solutions.
Nowinsky was excited to talk about the Infrastructure Trust’s next big project, which is to focus on storm water management, and how green infrastructure can reduce storm water runoff.
The last speaker on the panel was Claire Tramm, Energy Director for the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, which exists to bring the private and public sectors together to improve services to the City of Chicago and its residents through alternative financing. Tramm’s discussion started with some of the Trust’s successes, including retrofitting 60 city building to make them more energy efficient with money raised through private capital, which is paid back to the Trust using the savings from the buildings being more energy efficient.
A future project includes doing something similar to make Chicago’s street lights more energy efficient, perhaps funded by allowing the same lighting infrastructure to be used by smart devices in some innovative manner, who then pay the city for that benefit.
Tramm shared her enthusiasm that the Trust provides non-­‐traditional solutions to the city’s problems, and partners with a variety of institutions throughout the city to save, and perhaps even share, energy.
Central Area Connector White Paper Update for Summer
CCAC consultant Ed Zotti continues to conduct Scoping Meetings and is evaluating potential routes and modes.  Subcommittee Chairs will be in touch regarding future meetings and continued tasks.  The Connector Steering Committee will not meet in July.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 27, 2015 at Bryan Cave from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 CCAC Kicks Off Young Leaders Initiative
CCAC has a long history of influencing strategic planning choices in Chicago and facilitating the discussion on challenging issues that affect the nation’s third-largest city.  Since our founding in 1956, CCAC members have worked in partnership with the City of Chicago on a series of comprehensive plans focused on the development of downtown Chicago.  To ensure that tradition stays alive, CCAC launched its Young Leaders initiative to ensure that the city’s future leaders continue to be civic minded and engaged. 
The initiative kick-off was an event on June 23rd at the Forum Studio.  The featured speakers included Zoe Ryan of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ty Tabling of the Chicago Architecture Biennual for the interesting program.  Also, due to the efforts of hosts Andrew Moddell of PORT Urbanism, Tyler Mehr of Forum Studio, and Will Press of the John Buck Company, there were over 100 young professionals present.  
Congratulations to Nathan Hemming, of NORR, for winning two VIP tickets to the Chicago Architecture Biennial opening reception this fall.  CCAC would also like to thank Ty Tabbing and the Chicago Architecture Biennial for generously supporting the Young Leader Initiative by offering this opportunity. 
CCAC membership as a Young Leader includes invitations to join quarterly networking events similar to the kick-off event, as well as an invitation to the CCAC Holiday Party.  In addition, Young Leaders will have the option to attend two of the monthly CCAC lunch meetings of their choice that include exciting programs and guest speakers that appeal to Chicago’s community leaders.   
The Young Leadership initiative will include an abundance of dynamic programming of interest to Chicago’s next generation of movers and shakers, as well as plenty of networking opportunities for its leadership to meet fellow thoughtful and civic-minded shepherds.   
Through its Young Leadership initiative, CCAC is aiming to ensure that Chicago’s future continues to have thoughtful and civic-minded leaders to meet the future demands of a world-class city.  Annual individual memberships are $1,000; organizational membership levels also include $5,000 for corporations, $2,500 for not-­‐for-­‐profits, and $1,500 for small firms. 
To become a Young Leader please contact Kelly O'Brien at at (312) 602-5148 or
Next CCAC Meeting: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Join us at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 for the next CCAC lunch meeting, hosted by Jeremiah Boyle, Managing Director of Economic Development.
Please Note: As per the Executive Committee, CCAC lunch meetings are limited to paid members, their guests, and specially invited individuals only. To inquire about CCAC membership, please contact Kelly O'Brien at

Remarks and VIP Tour


Tuesday, September 8, 2015



Noon—1:30 p.m., plus tour



Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

230 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL (map)



Jeremiah Boyle,

Managing Director of Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Kelly O'Brien at

Please note that for the month of August there will not be a regular monthly CCAC lunch.
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