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Fogelson Forum Explores Impact of 2004 Zoning Reform

Posted: 08/16/2012

A discussion on Thursday, Sept. 27 about Chicago’s 2004 Zoning Reform: “Is It Working for Chicago?” kicks off the 13th season of Roosevelt University’s Gerald Fogelson Forum on Real Estate

A panel of experts will weigh in on the topic and then lead a discussion with attendees. The program takes place at 5:00 p.m. at Roosevelt’s new Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash Ave., the new home of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, which sponsors the Forum.

Chicago’s most recent zoning code took effect in November, 2004.  The reform elements included new residential zoning classifications and standards designed to protect established neighborhood character; new pedestrian street overlay controls to help preserve walkable urban development patterns; updated and flexible parking regulations, including exemptions for transit-served locations, new parks and open space zoning districts; floor area and density bonuses for providing affordable housing in the downtown area and many other substantive and technical changes.   

A panel of experts will present their assessments on the effectiveness of the reforms. They include Kirk Bishop, principal, Duncan Associates; Benet Haller, director, Urban Design and Planning (DHED), City of Chicago and Jack Guthman, partner, Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.  D. Bradford Hunt, associate professor of social science and history at Roosevelt University, will serve as moderator.

The format of the Fogelson Forums was changed this fall to be more discussion oriented and focused on issues of long term importance to the real estate field. In addition, the location and time were changed to enable a broader spectrum of the school’s faculty and student population to participate. 

The Fogelson Forums will now be held in Room 612 of the Wabash Building.  A non-alcoholic reception will be held at 5:00 p.m., followed by the program from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The cost for attending has been reduced to $25 from $75 to appeal to professionals of all levels.

The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Heller College of Business, was established in 2004 and supports the work of the school while also sponsoring industry events, such as the Fogelson Forum. The school’s leadership and faculty include the region’s most influential real estate executives who take an active role and participate as teaching fellows, mentors, guest lecturers, and sponsors of on-site training programs.

This summer, the Institute moved to its new home in the 32-story academic, student affairs and residence life building. It is the second tallest university building in the country and the sixth tallest in the world.

Please register online at for this event. To find more information about the Gerald Fogelson Forum on Real Estate, contact Latosha McKinney at the Marshall Bennett Institute at 312-281-3269 or visit