CCAC Newsletter
September 6, 2022

September CCAC Member Meeting:

A Conversation with Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar 
September 13, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
FULLY RESERVED: Wait List Available
Deputy Mayor of Chicago Samir Mayekar
Join us September 13th for a special conversation with Chicago Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar and Tyler Meyr, Managing Director of The Lamar Johnson Collaborative. Mayekar will discuss current issues of the day including key updates for economic and neighborhood development in the city of Chicago.

This event is fully reserved, but we are compiling a wait list.  To register for the wait list, click on the button below. Please note, this is a CCAC members-only event.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
12:30 am to 2:00 pm, lunch will be served

The offices of The Lamar Johnson Collaborative
35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

Special thanks to CCAC member The Lamar Johnson Collaborative for hosting the event.

FULLY RESERVED: Wait List Available
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Chicago Bears Unveil Potential Plans

for Development in Arlington Heights

In an open letter, the Chicago Bears unveiled the possible plans for a major mixed-use 326-acre entertainment district anchored by a new domed stadium in Arlington Heights.

The Bears announced that they will not be seeking public funds for the development of the stadium, but would most likely require public funding for the remainder of the massive undertaking.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot commented that Chicago would “keep fighting that fight as long as we possibly can” and that “we’ve got plan B, plan C and others in the works as well if the Bears decide that they’re going to abandon the city of Chicago.”

Community meetings in Arlington Heights will begin Thursday, September 8th.

First INVEST South/West Ground Breaking

Takes Place in Auburn Gresham 

Ground breaking Ceremony for Auburn Gresham Apartments
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Alderman David Moore (17th), Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar, DPD Commissioner Maurice Cox and several other local leaders participated in the ground breaking for the INVEST South/West project in Auburn Gresham. 
The event took place August 24th, included many local residents, business owners, and community leaders, and was the first INVEST South/West project to begin construction.  The initial one-site project expanded to two parcels, roughly one block apart, after significant community engagement activities and participation in planning.
Congratulations to the entire development team:  Evergreen Real Estate Group, Imagine Development, Ross Barney Architects, Nia Architects and GMA Construction.
Special thanks to the CCAC team that developed the original RFP:  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Fifield Companies, Callison RTKL, Level-1 Global Solutions, and Praedium Valuation Group.
Additional INVEST South/West ground breakings are expected approximately one per month through the end of the year.
Block Club Chicago | Article
Auburn Gresham | Link

CCAC Executive Committee Member Dr. Suzet McKinney is Illinois REJournal's Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Suzet McKinney, CCAC Executive Committee Member and Sterling Bay Principal, Director of Life Sciences. Suzet was honored by Illinois REJournal as their Woman of the Year for her work on Lincoln Yards and other projects. CCAC Members had a chance to see the Sterling Bay Life Sciences building up close and hear a full update on the progress at Lincoln Yards when Suzet and her team hosted CCAC's monthly meeting back in June of this year.
Congratulations to Sterling Bay for also receiving the Illinois REJournal award of Developer of the Year and to Sterling Bay's Keiana Barrett for being honored as Champion of Diversity.

CCAC to be Honored by the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes Construction and Transportation Awards honor industry companies, organizations and individuals. This year, CCAC will receive the 2022 Leadership in the Private Sector Award for its leadership on INVEST South/West and other programs in partnership with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.
CCAC Executive Director Mark Hopkins will receive the award at the Annual Awards Luncheon taking place on Friday, October 7, 2022. Those interested in attending can learn more by visiting the Awards Luncheon website.
Thanks to all of the CCAC members who donated their time and talents to each of these important projects. This award is for you.

Chicago Seeks Public Input on Citywide Plan

For the first time since 1966, the city of Chicago is seeking to implement a new citywide plan. The Mayor's Office is encouraging all Chicagoans to review the current draft of the plan and submit their comments. 
Visit for more information and to make your voice heard.

Chicago BACP and Chicago DPD Release

Updated Business Zoning Guide

The Chicago Departments of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and Department of Planning and Development have released an updated Business Zoning Guide. Any organization that runs a business and advises businesses in Chicago on their professional services can review the new guide to make sure they are up to date on the latest regulations.
You can find the Business Zoning Guide by clicking on the link here or on the image above.
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