TCN Members in the News
MACARTHUR FOUNDATION TO GIVE $24.3 MILLION TO CHICAGO-AREA ARTS GROUPS
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Julia Stasch), in partnership with the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, will invest $24.3 million over the next five years to extend its ongoing support of Chicago-area cultural organizations.

The grants offer general operating support to 300-plus theaters, music institutions, dance companies, film groups, museums, conservatories, zoos and more, according to an announcement from the MacArthur Foundation.

"Our support for Chicago's creative sector is designed to help arts organizations create meaningful performances, exhibits and experiences, and the flexibility to innovate and experiment," said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. Read more...
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO TRAUMA CENTER SET TO OPEN MAY 1
The University of Chicago Medicine ( Sharon O'Keefe) will open a Level I adult trauma center on May 1. The program will treat people with traumatic injuries, such as gunshot wounds, vehicle crashes, burns and falls.

"The goal of the projects, including the trauma program, is to respond to unmet needs in the community. The hospital's occupancy rates are often 90 percent or higher. On a daily basis our hospital is all too often completely full, we knew we had to develop a solution," said Sharon O'Keefe. Read more...
ELIZABETH GLASSMAN ON PARTNERSHIP WITH BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts will share works from its Art of the Americas collection with four partner museums across the Northeast. The multi-year initiative is made possible by a nearly $2 million grant awarded to the Boston MFA by the Terra Foundation for American Art ( Elizabeth Glassman).

"The project funded as part of Terra-Art Bridges will address museums' crucial needs in audience engagement by supporting research and experimentation in collections sharing, exhibition development and staff professional development. We look forward to seeing the innovative projects from our partners in Boston and across the country," said Elizabeth Glassman. Read more...
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN RECEIVES GRANT MONEY TO PROTECT HORTICULTURAL RECORDS
The Chicago Horticultural Society is getting more than $200,000 in federal grant money  from the National Endowment for the Humanities  to protect fragile horticultural records housed at its botanic garden north of the city. 

The Chicago Botanic Garden is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society. 

Chicago Botanic Garden President and CEO Jean Franczyk said that the digitized volumes will be added to the Biodiversity Heritage Library and thus be available to audiences all over the world. Read more...
RENAISSANCE SOCIETY FEATURED
The Renaissance Society  ( Solveig Øvstebø) ,  the non-collecting museum on the fourth floor of the University of Chicago's Cobb Hall,  was recently featured in  UChicagoNews.

The Renaissance Society  has undergone many transformations in its more than century-long existence and today  its reputation for ambitious exhibitions has made it a destination for artists seeking to experiment and have their work seen on a global scale. Among the recent successes are works featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Art Institute of Chicago (Sarah Guernsey and Zoe Ryan).

"We give artists a chance to produce new work," said Solveig Øvstebø , the Renaissance Society's Executive Director and Chief Curator since 2013. "We are so happy to see that the artworks often go on to live their lives in other institutions and museums, where they are encountered by even more audiences." Read more...
NAVIGANT AND BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA ANNOUNCED NEW JOINT VENTURE
Navigant ( Julie Howard) and Baptist Health South Florida recently announced the signing of an operating agreement to create a new joint venture entity to provide revenue cycle management (RCM) services to healthcare provider organizations. 

"As healthcare providers transition to a value-based payment system, there is a critical need for innovative solutions. Our move to create a new commercial entity with Baptist Health South Florida is a perfect example of our deep commitment to partnering with our clients, and to identifying unique pathways to add value," said Julie Howard. Read more...
FOLEY & LARDNER LLP AND GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL LLP COMPLETE COMBINATION
Foley & Lardner LLP ( Jill Nicholson and Z. Scott) and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announced the successful combination of the two firms, effective April 1, 2018. The combined firm will have approximately 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices in the United States, Mexico, Asia and Europe.

"We couldn't be more pleased with this combination which adds additional depth and expertise to a variety of Foley's key practices," said Jill Nicholson, Partner, National Chair of Bankruptcy, Foley & Lardner LLP. Read more...
  JULIE SMOLYANKSY DISCUSSES NEW COOKBOOK ON WGN RADIO
Lifeway Foods President and CEO Julie Smolyanksy joined Justin Kaufmann, the WGN AM 720 evening host, to discuss her new cookbook, "The Kefir Cookbook: An Ancient Healing Superfood for Modern Life, Recipes from My Family Table and Around the World."   Read more...
Women on Boards
CAROL R. BIBB APPOINTED TO J.F. LEHMAN & COMPANY'S OPERATING EXECUTIVE BOARD
J.F. Lehman & Company has appointed Carol R. Bibb, to its Operating Executive Board ("OEB"). The OEB is a group of seasoned industry and government executives who have significant experience in the firm's target industries. 
 
Carol joins the OEB after completing five years of service with J.F. Lehman & Company as Managing Director, Operations. As part of her transition to the OEB, Carol will remain a director of several current portfolio companies including National Response Corporation, Ravn Air Group, Sprint Energy Services and API Technologies. Read more...
GOLI SHEIKHOLESLAMI APPOINTED AS INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER AT PATREON
Goli Sheikholeslami, CEO of Chicago Public Media, has been appointed to the Patreon Board of Directors. Patreon is a membership platform that connects creators with their biggest fans and enables those fans to become paying members, or patrons, of their favorite creators.

"I'm delighted to join the Board of Directors at Patreon. Patreon's model of connecting content creators with new fans is a dynamic way of building a community of digital consumers for the next generation," said Goli Sheikholeslami. Read more...
Awards
NILA LEISEROWITZ TO BE INDUCTED INTO IIDA COLLEGE OF FELLOWS
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has announced the induction of four IIDA Members into the prestigious College of Fellows, including honoree and TCN member Nila Leiserowitz, FIIDA, FAIA, RIBA. 

Honorees will be celebrated in a ceremony at the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 10, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (Madeleine Grynsztejn). Admission to the College of Fellows is the highest honor paid by IIDA to its Professional Members, recognizing those whose activities and efforts have benefited and enhanced IIDA, and whose design work has influenced and enhanced the Interior Design profession. Read more...
Announcements
JANE D. PIGOTT TO SPEAK AT THE FUTURE IS NOW: LEGAL SERVICES 2.018
Jane D. Pigott, Managing Director R3 Group LLC, will speak at The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.018 on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The Future Is Now 2.018 features 10 speakers from across the country. Lawyers, entrepreneurs, and innovators will gather to discuss the practicality of artificial intelligence, legal research algorithms, retaining diverse talent, the ethical obligations of data analytics, equal justice as a bi-partisan issue, criminal justice reform, and much more. Read more...
LEAP INNOVATIONS CELEBRATES 4 YEARS
From Phyllis Lockett, Founder & CEO, LEAP Innovations:

I am humbled and excited to share that this month marks our fourth birthday at LEAP Innovations!

When we launched LEAP four years ago, we were a small organization with a big mission: to bridge the gap between education and innovation, and create an approach to teaching and learning tailored to the individual needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Today, we remain committed to this vision, and to helping each and every learner reach their full potential. And every year, we get closer.

Over the past four years, LEAP has worked directly with nearly 120 schools across Chicago to implement personalized learning, impacting 1,800 teachers. To date, more than 150 edtech companies have applied to pilot their products with LEAP, and we've piloted 19 of them, bringing the best in edtech innovation to Chicago's schools. Our team has also grown - from a founding team of six, we're now at 30 and still going strong!

Our work with schools is already showing promising results. In the second cohort of the Pilot Network, students in a reading pilot gained an average of 2.94 test-score points over the comparison group. Put another way, a typical student in a reading pilot would gain 13 additional percentile points above a typical comparison student starting with the same score (i.e., 50th percentile to the 63rd percentile).

Because of Chicago's trailblazing educators and school leaders, generous and forward-thinking philanthropic community, and champions of innovation, our city is becoming a national leader in personalized learning - and our students are benefitting.
TUNE IN TO THE NEW LEAP INNOVATIONS PODCAST SERIES!
As a way of celebrating and sharing stories that inspire, motivate and challenge the work LEAP Innovation does on a daily basis, LEAP Innovations is launching a new podcast series that features stories on personalized learning, edtech piloting and teaching innovation directly from teachers, students, community members, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and more.
 
Click here to listen to the Podcasts on iTunes.
 
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WENDY DUBOE ANNOUNCES
RETIREMENT FROM UNITED WAY

Wendy DuBoe , President and CEO, United Way of Metro Chicago, announced in March that she will be stepping down after 15 years with the organization. Prior to serving as CEO for the past six years, Wendy held the role of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Community Investment Officer and was instrumental in creating the first ten-year regional community investment plan, LIVE UNITED 2020. She also played a crucial role in the creation of the Neighborhood Network initiative, which is some of the most innovative large scale social innovation work being done in the country.

"The organization is on the right trajectory and in great hands with an amazing staff and board. After 15 years with United Way, it's a good time to turn the reins over to the next leader," said Wendy DuBoe. "It's been the honor of my life to serve the organization and work alongside the talented team, board, donors, volunteers and agencies to fight for the financial stability, health, education and safety of every person in every neighborhood." Read more...
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD CHICAGO FIRST QUARTER MARKETBEAT RELEASED
Cushman & Wakefield (Marilyn Lissner) has released their 1st Quarter 2018 Chicago CBD MarketBeat statistics. Highlights of the MarketBeat include the following:
  • Year-to-date leasing activity measured 2.1 msf
  • The overall vacancy rate reached 13.6%
  • Overall gross asking rental rate for all building classes increased 3.3%
To view the Local Market Snapshot, click here

To view  the US Market Reports, click here
Opinion
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