CCAC July 2023 Newsletter
Monday, July 10

Equitable Transit-Oriented Development:

The Facts, Figures and Opportunities

Tuesday, July 11, 2023


Hosted by: 

CCAC is pleased to convene a panel of experts who will impart the facts, figures and methods to make ETOD projects happen in Chicago.
With significant government funding available and multiple possible sites across the city, this is a topic on the minds of many of the city's leaders, developers and civic organizations.
The conversation will cover the necessary steps on the path to success and include the real-world experiences of the first ETOD development to break ground in Chicago.
Joining the conversation will be:
Liz Butler, Partner, Taft Law
Jeff Head, Vice President of Development, Habitat Affordable Group
Daniel Hertz, Director of Policy, Research and Legislative Affairs, City of Chicago Department of Housing
Steven Vance, Founder & CEO, Chicago Cityscape
Lilian Yool, Sr. Development Manager, The Habitat Company
Special thanks to The Habitat Company for hosting this event.

Please also review the nearby article about the specific City of Chicago funding available for ETOD projects with proposals due August 18, 2023.


June Monthly Member Meeting


CCAC members and special guests enjoyed hearing from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at the June Monthly Meeting on Friday, June 9. 
Thomas McElroy, CEO of Level-1 Global Solutions and CCAC member, hosted the lunch event at Taste 222 on North Canal Street and introduced President Preckwinkle.  McElroy noted the names of dozens of well known local, state and federal level leaders who began their careers on her professional teams over time.
President Preckwinkle provided her perspective on the future of Cook County and Chicago, described her close working relationship with Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, and enlightened the audience with many details of her program and policy priorities going forward.
Special thanks to Level-1 Global Solutions for hosting the event.

Chicago Equitable Transit-Oriented

Development Grants:

Apply by August 18, 2023
Time is short to apply for significant City of Chicago funding for ETOD projects.  Development grants up to $250,000 and pre-development grants up to $150,000 are available but the August 18 deadline is swiftly approaching.  Click the image below for more details.
Save the Date:
Thursday, August 31st, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Join CCAC for a special social event on the Chicago Riverwalk on Thursday, August 31, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Please mark your calendar and watch for more information coming soon.

2023 Mayoral Transition Report

Nearly 400 Chicagoans, representing a wealth of diverse perspectives, served on 11 transition committees that offered robust ideas and recommendations for Mayor Brandon Johnson's administration. They represent an unprecedented diversity of voices and perspectives—including diversity based on race, gender, generation, income level and neighborhood, and with representatives from business, civic, social justice and community-based organizations.  
The final report is designed to serve as a blueprint, for building bridges between the city’s diverse communities and voices and between vision and action, so that every child, every family, and every neighborhood can experience the fully embodied Soul of Chicago that the Mayor invoked in his inauguration speech—so that all of our neighborhoods are safe, equitable and truly thriving. 

Congratulations to NASCAR Chicago

Tens of thousands attended the two-day race weekend in Grant Park on July 1 and 2 for the first-ever street race for NASCAR.  Torrential, record-setting rain and flooding couldn't keep the fans away and the ever-diligent NASCAR Chicago team and professional drivers were not deterred.
NASCAR Chicago Street Course President Julie Giese and her entire team pulled off an event that in most other cities would have been simply canceled.
CCAC members and other Chicago residents on Twitter reported hearing event attendees commenting about the beauty of Chicago and saying they were planning to return for longer visits soon. (Chicago looked great on the race day coverage.)  The races themselves, particularly the Cup Race on Sunday, have been acclaimed by critics and drivers alike as one of the most exciting NASCAR races to date.
Here's hoping NASCAR 2024 has the weather more typical of Chicago in July.

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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