Past Events

2021 Past Events

SALONS [VIRTUAL]

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The Shame of Chicago” Viewing & Discussion Groups
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


May 19

FULTON MARKET WALKING TOUR [IN-PERSON]

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


May 19

May Program [Virtual]

Topic: Chicago’s Tech Bet…And Opportunity

Description:

With many projects on the horizon, Chicago is a hot bed for tech-driven development in life sciences, bio-medical and computer sciences. Bolstered by an ideal mid-America location, abundant infrastructure, natural resources, high quality of life, moderate cost of living, and highly accredited educational institutions who generated some of the world’s leading tech experts and future professionals, is the Chicagoland area poised to capture a global leadership position? Can this highly active local and national market fuel competition that will drive innovation and excellence while also promoting regional collaboration to reposition Chicago as a global center for tech and a superior location to live, work and play for the nation’s emerging talent, many “home-grown.” Come join the conversation on how Chicago can best leverage this timely opportunity for its future.

Speakers:

Kyle Schulz, Executive Vice President of Development and Foreign Direct Investment, World Business Chicago
Kenneth Bahk, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Kaleidoscope Health Ventures
Vikki Caruso, EVP of People, Clearcover
Michael Falvin, Managing Director, Flavin Ventures


April 28

Social Pop Up [Virtual]

Time: 4:00 p.m.


April 21

April Program [Virtual]

Topic: The Color of Law: Impacts on Chicago

Details:

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein explores the enduring effects of historical government policies that fostered national housing discrimination. These de facto and de jure housing-related practices contributed to generational inequalities across the U.S. The Chicago region is referenced specifically among the issues laid bare in the book.

How has the Chicago region addressed the long-term impacts these discriminatory practices have had on Chicago area residents?

Join our panel for a thought-provoking exploration of innovative programs and policies now being used to remedy the effects of the issues explored in the Color of Law. 


March 24

Ely Chapter Water Cooler Chat

Meet us at the virtual water cooler to network with other Ely Chapter members and guests in a relaxed, afternoon conversation.

The Ely Membership Committee is hosting a series of free networking and membership information sessions on Wednesday, March 24. We welcome all chapter members and extend a special invitation to members’ guests that may be prospective candidates for nomination to join our organization. Both events are perfect opportunities to network with your fellow members and introduce your potential candidates to the LAI Ely Chapter. Board members and Membership Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions you or your nominee may have.  This event will count towards the two event attendances required for nomination.

Time: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


March 24

Coffee Talk with Ely Chapter

Get your day started right! Grab your coffee, a breakfast treat and meet us on Zoom.

The Ely Membership Committee is hosting a series of free networking and membership information sessions on Wednesday, March 24. We welcome all chapter members and extend a special invitation to members’ guests that may be prospective candidates for nomination to join our organization. Both events are perfect opportunities to network with your fellow members and introduce your potential candidates to the LAI Ely Chapter. Board members and Membership Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions you or your nominee may have.  This event will count towards the two event attendances required for nomination.

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


March 17

March Program [Virtual]

Topic: Innovating Together
DetailsThe Chicago region is a patchwork of hundreds of municipalities with unique challenges and opportunities. The dynamics of the pandemic and of ongoing demographic shifts are reshaping the relationship between Chicago and its suburbs, making suburban communities more critical than ever to the overall health of the region and to strategies for regional rebuilding and innovation.

How can our suburbs thrive individually while working together to reduce damaging intra-regional competition? How can our collective assets, strengths, and collaborative nature drive success as a cohesive, competitive region?

Join this suburban spotlight conversation for a deep dive into the challenges we face as a region of diverse communities and the proactive strategies communities have used to retain and attract residents, spur job creation, and grow community wealth.
Speaker: Moderator Mary Bak, Kinzie
Panelists: Nick Greifer, City of Harvey, Kevin Kramer, Village of Hoffman Estates,  John Lynch, Oak Park Development Corporation, LaVern Murphy, Village of Matteson
Time: 11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. 


February 17

February Program [Virtual]

Topic: Thinking Beyond 2021

Details: While the Chicago region faces a year of regrouping, rebuilding, and recovery, now is the time to think – and plan – beyond the pandemic. What are the bold ideas, innovations, policies, and industries that will drive our region forward through 2021 and beyond, allowing us to create new opportunities to grow together? What are our competitive advantages, and how can we make the most of them as we work to strengthen our communities?

Join us for a conversation on regional transportation, entrepreneurialism, leadership, and economic development and the role each of these pillars of growth can play in building a more prosperous and sustainable future.


January 20

January Program [Virtual]

Topic: 2021 Capital Market Insights, Real Estate and Economic Forecast
Speaker: Mary Ludgin, Managing Director, Head of Global Research for Heitman
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2021 Ludgin Economic Forecast_Slide Deck

2020 Past Events


October 21

2020 New Member Initiation & Awards Banquet

5:00 p.m. – Cocktails
5:45 p.m. – New Member Initiation & Awards


September 16

September Program [Virtual]

Topic: Property Tax Equity in Cook County
Speakers: Fritz Kaegi, Cook County Assessor; Bruce Orenstein, Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


August 19

August Program [Virtual]

Topic: Business Leadership Council: African American Business Opportunities & Challenges
Speakers: Avis Lavelle, BLC Executive Director & Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners President; Charles Smith, BLC Vice Chair  & CS Insurance Strategies CEO; Robert Blackwell, Jr., EKI-DIGITAL Chairman
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


August 19

New Member Welcome [Virtual]

Topic: Business Leadership Council: African American Business Opportunities & Challenges
Speakers: Avis Lavelle, BLC Executive Director & Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners President; Charles Smith, BLC Vice Chair  & CS Insurance Strategies CEO; Robert Blackwell, Jr., EKI-DIGITAL Chairman
5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


July 22

Virtual Salons [Virtual]

Topic: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Continuing the Conversation
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


June 17

June Program [Virtual]

Topic: Change, Healing and Growth: A Conversation With City of Chicago Leaders
Speakers: City of Chicago Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood & Economic Development Samir Mayekar, and First Deputy Commissioner City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development Eleanor Gorski

11:45 a.m. – Log On
12:00 p.m. – Program Begins
1:00 p.m. – Program Ends

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May 20

May Program [Virtual]

Topic: Housing Market Reactions to the COVID Pandemic
Speakers: Charlton Hamer, Habitat Affordable Group; Robert Bollhoffer, 29th Street Capital; Vicky Arroyo, BankFinancial
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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May 6

Chapter Check-In Webinar [Virtual] 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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February 19

Luncheon
Petterino’s
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: The Evolution of Chicago’s Union Station: Keeping the Vision on Track
Speaker: Laura Wilkison, CMAP; Ray Lang, Amtrak; Jeffrey Sriver, CDOT; Leanne Redden, RTA

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January 15

Luncheon
Petterino’s
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: Real Estate Market Dynamics in an Era of Disruption
Speaker: Mary Ludgin


2019 Past Events


December 18

Ely Chapter Holiday Party
Sidebar Grille
221 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, 60601
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


November 20

Luncheon
Petterino’s
150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 60601
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: Social and Business Cases for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Speakers: Zach Lowe, Leon Walker, Ann Moroney, Ernest Sawyer

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August 21

Luncheon – Shopping Mall Retrofits
Maggiano’s
516 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: Shopping Mall Retrofits
Speaker: Expert Panel. Click below for speaker information.

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July 25

Pop-Up Networking with Wine & Cheese Tasting
Arcadis, Host and Sponsor
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


July 17

New Members Welcome Progressive Networking Luncheon
Petterino’s
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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June 19

2019 New Member Initiation Banquet
The Peninsula Chicago
108 E. Superior St.
6:00 p.m. – Cocktails
7:00 p.m. – Dinner
8:00 p.m. – Awards
8:30 p.m. – New Member Initiation Ceremony
Black Tie Optional

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April 17

Luncheon
Petterino’s
150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 60601
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: Redeveloping Chicago’s Old Post Office
Speaker: Expert Panel

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May 15

Salons
Locations Vary at Members’ Homes
Dinner, Dessert, Drinks & Lively Small Group Discussion
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Topic: Moving Discussions: Equity, Economics and Experiences of Mobility


March 20

Luncheon
Petterino’s
150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 60601
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: Chicago’s Affordable Housing Ordinance
Speaker: Panel Discussion

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February 20

Luncheon
Petterino’s
150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 60601
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: Intermodal Transportation
Speaker: Panel Discussion

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January 16

Luncheon
Petterino’s
150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 60601
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topic: The 2019 Capital Market Insight, Real Estate and Economic Forecast
Speaker: Mary Ludgin, Managing Director – Head of Global Research, Heitman

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