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Illinois Medical District Vision Charrette

The Chicago Central Area Committee was delighted to participate in the IMD Vision Charette on November 13-15, 2013 at the offices of the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) on Chicago’s Near West Side. The Illinois Medical District (IMD) is a special-use zoning district located just west of downtown Chicago consisting of 560 acres of world-class medical research facilities, labs, universities, a biotech business incubator, and a significant amount of developable area, all with convenient access to public transportation and major expressways. In 2013, The Illinois Medical District Commission conducted its first-ever strategic plan. Contributing to that strategic plan, the CCAC undertook the IMD Vision Charrette to provide providing creative expertise and strategic counsel on a variety of key initiatives.

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Project Scope

This Charrette developed a vision for:

  • District Identity: Coordinating a vision for a “Gateway” on Damen Street from the Blue Line station to Ogden Avenue.

  • Transportation/Access: Coordinating with the CTA/CDOT/IDOT and partners to improve both sides of the Eisenhower Expressway in conjunction with the Circle Interchange Project

  • Joint Initiatives: Coordinating with stakeholders and IMD partners to develop shared facilities encompassing both real estate development and business perspective.

IMD Vision Charrette Scope of Work


Project Summary

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, the IMDC resolved to adopt the CCAC’s recommendations for improving the regional, national, and international presence of the Illinois Medical District. IMDC Executive Director Warren Ribley praised CCAC’s efforts, saying, “We are both grateful and impressed with the time, energy and commitment that the CCAC volunteers put into understanding the complexities of the IMD and are proud to be partners with the CCAC.” Click the link below to view the full recommendations.

IMD Vision Charrette Recommendations

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Team Participants 

The CCAC would like to thank all members involved with this Charrette, including

  • Warren Ribley

  • John M. Collins, PhD

  • Heather M. Tarczan

  • Floyd D. Anderson, A I A

  • Karen Atwood

  • Gail Borthwick

  • Christine L Carlyle, AIA, AICP

  • Michael DeLuca

  • Pat FitzGerald

  • Stephen Galler

  • Terri Haymaker

  • Kevin M. Hull

  • Avram Lothan FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • Susan Longworth

  • Philip Nevels

  • Peter J. Raphael

  • Stephen E. Schlickman

  • Michael Szkatulski

  • Douglas Voigt, AICP

  • Gregory Hummel

  • Claire Gregoire

  • Kelly O’Brien

Click on the link below to access these team member's full bios. 

Team Bios

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