CCAC May 2023 Newsletter
Friday, May 12

CCAC Monthly Meeting:

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday, June 9

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Join CCAC for a special meeting with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday, June 9. 
With significant change continuing to occur in the region as a result of the recent elections, the continued effects of the pandemic, and several other inflection points that Chicagoland has experienced recently, we will hear from one of the area's most influential leaders about her perspective on the future.
Friday, June 9, 2023
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
, Lunch will be Served

Location To Be Announced

Please RSVP soon as space is limited.
Register for the CCAC Monthly Meeting with Toni Preckwinkle

RSVP Now for the

Burnham Council Happy Hour

Thursday, June 1

CCAC's Burnham Council Board of Directors is holding a pre-summer happy hour on Thursday, June 1 at The Northman Beer & Cider Garden on the banks of the Chicago River near Columbus Avenue. 
Please join us for interesting conversation, networking and a drink or two.
Thursday, June 1, 2023
4:30 to 6:30 pm
Location: The Northman Beer & Cider Garden, 233 E. River Walk, Chicago, IL 60601
RSVP for the Burnham Council Happy Hour

April Member Meeting Recap:

CCAC Hosted Aldermanic Panel

Five Chicago Aldermen joined CCAC members for a lively discussion about the future of the city's downtown and neighborhoods.  Joining the breakfast meeting at the Woman's Athletic Club were: Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd),  Ald.-Elect Ronnie Mosley (21st), Ald.-Elect Bill Conway (34th), Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th) and Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd).
One of the top priorities of each Alderman was public safety.  Additionally, each council member discussed their specific additional priorities for the city and their individual wards.
Special Thanks to CCAC Executive Committee member Rana Lee and her colleagues at SmithGroup for hosting the event.

Burnham Council Lawson House Tour Recap

The Burnham Council hosted a detailed mid-construction tour of the Lawson House, once the home to Chicago's YMCA. The art deco landmark is being repurposed to modern residential units with 100% being affordable for at least 50 years.
Thank you to Doug Farr and the team at Farr Associates for organizing the tour.

Transition Briefing and Preparation

CCAC has worked closely with each mayoral administration since its founding in 1956.  In anticipation of Mayor-Elect Johnson's inauguration on May 15, CCAC is preparing a set of briefing documents that will communicate the organization's strategic vision of Chicago's central area -- the business, lifestyle and employment heart of the city. 

These documents will be published soon after presentation to the new mayor and will also be made available to the press.

2024 Central Area Plan Update

The process to develop the Chicago Central Area Plan Update is well under way.  The City held a kick off webinar that can be viewed here | Kick Off Webinar
Andrew Broderick with Perkins&Will and CCAC Burnham Council Chairman was interviewed on WBEZ along with Melody Mercado with Block Club Chicago, Kendra Freeman with Metropolitan Planning Council, and Monica Felix with Chicago Cultural Alliance.  
WBEZ Interview | Link
The next event is a 2024 Central Area Plan Update Open House which is taking place on Tuesday, May 23, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Harold Washington Library: Registration for the event is open now | Registration 
The final plan update is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2024.

$20,000 Cash Award

for COVID-19 Memorial Design Contest

Calling all artists, architects, designers, & creative minds!
COVID-19 respected no boundaries, whether at best - lockdown, or at worst - loss of life. For these reasons and more, under the aegis of the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, the COVID-19 Memorial Monument Commission is spearheading the COVID-19 Monument of Honor, Remembrance, & Resilience.

Honor frontline workers
Remember those whom we have lost
Celebrate the resilience of humanity

The first phase is a design concept competition. The commission invites you to design a concept for an eventual physical structure. The winning concept receives a prize of $20,000 USD.

Click below for contest information and submission guidelines.

COVID-19 Memorial Design Contest Information

2023 Membership Opportunities

Thank you once again for your membership in CCAC.  Your participation ensures our ability to move forward on our plans and initiatives to improve Chicago and its central area for all Chicagoans.
In recent months, several members have brought new members to the organization and we're reaching out to you to consider doing the same.  Please think about a friend or colleague at another firm who might be interested in the work of CCAC. 
Our membership includes firms in architecture, design, planning, finance, law, development, construction, brokerage, evaluation, unions and many more segments.  Please reach out to CCAC Executive Director Mark Hopkins if you have potential new members.  He can be contacted at
(312) 602-5148
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