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Thursday, September 25, 2014

9:00am - 5:00 pm

The Orland Park Civic Center, Jane Barnes Annex

14750 Ravinia Avenue

Orland Park, IL 60462

This event is co-hosted by

The Village of Orland Park

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Morning Program

Three Planning Cases Studies: "The Region," "The City," and "The District"


CNU Illinois is pleased to focus on the southern and eastern areas of the Chicago metropolitan region for our seventh annual state conference, "Ready, Set, Plan!" Our program will investigate the urban planning process at various scales through  a series of case studies. Our morning program will explore “The Region,” “The City,” and “The District.”

Our first case study, “The Region” will feature the Millennium Reserve. The Millennium Reserve stretches from downtown Chicago southeast to the Indiana border and southwest to suburban Park Forest. It encompasses numerous neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side and southeast side as well as 37 south suburban municipalities. Our second case study, “The City,”  will highlight the Village of Park Forest’s 2013 “Sustainability Plan.” This 2013 CNU Illinois Charter Award winning submission for “Best Town Plan” is a community-based plan for transforming this post-war suburb into a sustainable place while reinforcing and improving the urbanism that presently exists. Our third case study, “The District,” will share the proposal for the “Lakeside” development in Chicago. McCaffery Interests, in partnership with U.S. Steel, is seeking to redevelop the former the U.S. Steel Southworks site into a LEED-ND certified community distinguished by large open spaces, excellent connectivity, access to public transportation/bike paths and compact walkable neighborhoods.



 8:30  - 9:00     Registration & Continental Breakfast

 9:00  - 10:00   CNU Illinois Welcome

10:00 - 10:35   Case Study: "The Region"

10:35 - 10:50   Break

10:50 - 11:25   Case Study: "The City"

11:25 - 12:00   Case Study: "The District"

Noon - 12:10   Morning Wrap Up

Regional Heritage Luncheon

East side resident and author Rod Sellers has described the history of the Calumet region as one of  “smokestacks and steeples.”  In successive waves, German, Swedish, Polish, Italian, Eastern European, and Mexican immigrants, as well as African Americans migrating from the the southern states, all came to work in the the region’s factories and mills. While many of those factories are now gone, the cultural heritage brought by each group of newcomers remains. Our buffet luncheon will celebrate this diversity with a selection of dishes representing these various influences. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Our lunchtime program will feature a conversation with Kevin Clark, founder and owner/manager of Bulldog Brewery, located in Whiting, Indiana. The region’s heritage is reflected in the names of Bulldog’s brews including the “1890 Stout" named for the year that oil refineries came to Whiting, and “11 Mile Lager" named in honor of the 11.69 mile stretch of Cline Avenue, traveled by thousands each day in Northwest Indiana.



Noon - 12:10    Afternoon Check-In

12:10 -  1:00    Buffet Luncheon

12:30 - 12:50   Lunchtime Program

Afternoon Program

Featured Case Study: "Main Street"

Implementing Planning in Downtown Orland Park


Our fourth case study will focus on Downtown Orland Park's “Main Street,” with a special emphasis on the “implementation” phase of the planning and development process. Named as one of Chicago’s “Best Places to Live” by Chicago Magazine in 2014 and “Village of the Year” in 2013 by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC), Orland Park has embarked on a bold transformation of its downtown core. Building upon its new Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2013, Orland Park is already experiencing popular and financial success with some recently completed projects. Representatives from Orland Park will share their experience with both the planning process as well as the administrative and financial enabling steps necessary to move plans from paper to built reality.

Our afternoon program begins with a keynote address from Orland Park Mayor, Daniel McLaughlin, followed by a presentation by Development Services, and is highlighted by a tour of the downtown. The tour will begin in the Civic Corridor featuring the Civic Center, Village Hall, Library and the LEED-Gold Police Station. The tour will continue with the “Old Orland” Historic District; the “Orland Park Crossing” lifestyle center; the 143rd Street Metra Station and a walking tour of the recently-completed  “Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park” mixed-use development, honored with a 2013 CNU Illinois Charter Award for "Best Building." The tour concludes with a coffee and dessert reception at the Ninety 7 Fifty. Please note that due to transportation logistics, we may not be able to accommodate all walk-in registrations on the day of the event. Pre-registration is highly recommended.



 1:00 - 1:15     CNU Illinois Welcome

 1:15 - 1:40     Keynote Address: Mayor McLaughlin

 1:40 - 2:15     Case Study: "Main Street"

 2:15 - 3:30     Bus Tour: Downtown Orland Park

 3:30 - 3:40     Afternoon Wrap Up

 3:30 - 4:30     Walking Tours of the Ninety 7 Fifty

 3:30 - 5:00     Coffee & Dessert Reception

Registration Information

Pre-Registration EXTENDED until Wednesday, September 24 at 5pm. To register, please visit our event page on Eventbrite.

Full Day Registration (9:00am - 5:00pm)

Morning, Luncheon & Afternoon


Member Pre-registration $70 ($80 at the door)

Non-Member Pre-registration $90 ($100 at the door)

Student Pre-registration $20 ($25 at the door)

143rd St. Shuttle to Civic Center $5 (details below)

This event is approved for CNU-A continuing education credit.

Morning Only Registration (9:00am -1:00pm)

Morning & Luncheon


Member Pre-registration $45 ($50 at the door)

Non-Member Pre-registration $55 ($60 at the door)

Student Pre-registration $15 ($20 at the door)

143rd St. Shuttle to Civic Center $5 (details below)

Afternoon Only Registration (Noon - 5:00pm)

Luncheon & Afternoon


Member Pre-registration $45 ($50 at the door*)

Non-Member Pre-registration $55 ($60 at the door*)

Student Pre-registration $15 ($20 at the door*)

143rd St. Shuttle to Civic Center $5 (details below)


*Due to transportation logistics, we cannot guaranty walk-in registration will be available for our afternoon program.

Transportation Information

General Information


The Orland Park Civic Center is 0.94 miles from the 143rd Street Station served by Metra’s SouthWest Service. Check the schedule here. The location is also accessible by Pace Bus Route 832 and Route 379 from Midway Airport. Ample on-site free parking is also available in the south lot. Get driving directions here.


Pre-Arranged Shuttle from the 143rd Street Metra Station to the Civic Center


If you are arriving by Metra, it is recommended that you pre-book one-way ground transportation from Metra's 143rd Street Station to the Civic Center for an additional cost of $5. Rides must be reserved through the Eventbrite site prior to 5pm on Wednesday, September 24. For those attending the Full Day or Morning Program, Metra Train #807 leaves Union Station in downtown Chicago at 8:35am and arrives at 143rd Street at 9:26am. The Shuttle would deliver you to the Civic Center by 9:45am in advance of the first presentation at 10:00am. For those attending only the Afternoon Program, Metra Train #811 leaves Union Station at 10:35am and arrives at 143rd Street at 11:26am. The Shuttle would deliver you to the Civic Center by 11:45 in advance of the Luncheon at 12:15pm. The afternoon tour and reception conclude just steps away from the 143rd Station. Trains depart from Orland Park to Union Station at 4:09pm and 5:47pm.

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