CCAC June 2023 Newsletter
Wednesday, June 7


CCAC Monthly Member Meeting

Equitable Transit-Oriented Development:

The Facts, Figures and Opportunities 

Tuesday, July 11

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Mark your calendar for this highly informative program about Equitable Transit-Oriented Development where you'll learn about all of the opportunities available in Chicago.
CCAC is pleased to host a panel of experts who will impart the facts, figures and ways to make these projects happen. Joining the conversation will be:
Liz Butler, Partner, Taft Law
Steve Vance, Founder & CEO, Chicago Cityscape
Daniel Kay Hertz, Director of Policy, Reserach and Legislative Affairs, City of Chicago Department of Housing
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
8:30 to 10:00 am, Breakfast will be Served
Location To Be Announced


June Monthly Member Meeting

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 Taste 222, 222 N. Canal, Chicago, IL 60606
Please RSVP right away as there are only a few seats remaining due to a couple of cancellations.
Special thanks to Level One Global Solutions for sponsoring the event.
Register for the CCAC Monthly Meeting with Toni Preckwinkle
RECAP: Burnham Council Happy Hour

Thursday, June 1

Dozens of CCAC members joined the CCAC Burnham Council Board of Directors for 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. 
Perfect weather and a remarkable Chicago location set the stage for interesting and engaging conversations ranging from current economic trends to potential policy shifts in Chicago to the best place to get a classic Chicago hot dog.
Be on the lookout for the next event being planned for early-fall.
Many thanks to Andrew Broderick with Perkins&Will and Matt Cermak wIth Chicago Title Insurance Company for sponsoring the event.

Tri-State Regional Tech Hub Strategy Convening

Held in Chicago May 29

Alliance for Regional Development, CCAC's sister organization, gathered thirty regional leaders from northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana to discuss strategy to assemble a consortium of organizations for a Tri-State Regional Tech Hub.  Recently announced federal funding -- potentially $75 million over 10 years -- is available from the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Economic Development Agency.
The conversation was wide ranging and concluded with the agreement to investigate the most successful possible approach.  The Chicagoland tri-state region is uniquely positioned to deliver the specific goals of the program and has an excellent shot at success.
Phase one applications are to achieve designation as a Tech Hub, required to be eligible for funding, and to apply for a strategy and planning grant of $500,000 to complete the planning and development of a full Tech Hub program design and grant application.  Phase one applications are due August 14, 2023.

$20,000 Cash Award

for COVID-19 Memorial Design Contest

Deadline August 15, 2023

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.

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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