In the fourth quarter of 2017, CCAC’s Young Leaders participated in a charrette/sprint exploring how transportation can unlock economic development around the site for the proposed Obama Presidential Center. Highlights of the three-day event can be seen on a video produced by the media team at Perkins+Will. A special thank you to Randall Starr, Andrew Broderick, and Kyler Queen for pulling this film together.

To recap the Sprint in it’s entirety:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Our teams rode the Metra Electric to 59th Street and conducted a walking tour of the proposed route for the Obama Presidential Center from 59th Street to 63rd and Cottage Grove. Dinner was held at Daley’s Restaurant.

Thursday, September 28, 2017: Stakeholder interviews were held at  Forum Studio. CCAC team members heard presentations from the following:

  • Representatives from the Obama Foundation
  • A Transit Panel featuring members from Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Metra Electric and the Chicago Skyway
  • Community & Economic Development presentation from the Woodlawn, Washington Park, and South Shore Community and Economic Development Organization and the South East Chicago Commission
  • An overview of the Woodlawn Master Development Plan

Friday, September 29, 2017: The teams presented their visions to our audience during the reception hosted at Forum Studio.

CCAC would like to thank the Sprint Organizers: Andrew Moddrell, Port Urbanism and Tyler Meyr, Forum Studio.

We would also like to thank the Sprint Planning Committee: Malek Abdulsamad, Related Realty, Andrew Broderick, Perkins+Will, Anezka Gocova, Forum Studio, Brandon Hummel, The Law Offices of Brandon G. Hummel, Natnael Moges, Denton’s, Will Press, The John Buck Company, Aaron Spiering, JGMA Architecture.

Special thank you to our 2017 Sprint Sponsors for their support of our signature event. Thank you to Michael Csar, Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP and Greg Hummel, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP.

We would also like to highlight our advisors Kevin Byrnes, Byrnes & Walsh and P.Barton DeLacy, DeLacy Consulting for providing their real estate expertise to our teams.

In addition to the CCAC Sprint Video, a committee was formed to develop a final work product incorporating the best ideas from each of the five charrette teams. A special thank you to Kerrie Mistry, Lothan Van Hook Destefano Architecture for compiling the information and thanks to Malek Absulsamad, Related Realty; Andrew Broderick, Perkins+Will; Kristin Boike, Jenner & Block LLP; Lance Dorn, SB Friedman Development Advisors, Brandon Hummel, The Law Office of Brandon G. Hummel; Katie Martin, Forum Studio; Sean McKay, Port Urbanism; Tyler Meyr, Forum Studio; Andrew Moddrell, PORT Urbanism; Julie O’Brochta, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; LeeAnn Tomas-Foster, Arcadis and Drakia Wilkins, Lendlease for their valuable input.

To view the final product of the 2017 Sprint, click the image above.


CCAC is thankful to all who made this event a success including CCAC members, stakeholders, sponsors and participants.

For more information, please contact Executive Director, Kelly O’Brien,