Planning and Advocacy Committees/Task Forces
The Magnificent Mile Association P&A Division has eight permanent committees that generally meet on a monthly basis, 11 months out of the year. These Committees are chaired by two The Magnificent Mile Association member volunteers and generally seat 15-20 committee members.
The Magnificent Mile Association Task Forces are instituted for a limited duration and are formed to address specific issues related to urban planning and advocacy in the The Magnificent Mile Association district, as they arise. Task forces pull members from the Division at large who specialize in the areas that the specific task forces address.
The Planning & Advocacy Division's Committees and Task Forces are described in greater detail, below.
Project Review Committee
Michael Csar, Co-Chair
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Lee Golub, Co-Chair
Golub & Company
The Magnificent Mile Association Project Review Committee is comprised of a hand-selected group of real estate, development, architecture and urban planning professionals responsible for reviewing all new developments in the The Magnificent Mile Association development review area. The boundaries for this area are: Oak Street to the north, Randolph Street to the south, State Street to the west and Lake Michigan to the east, although on occasion the Committee will review projects that fall outside of these boundaries as needed. This group works closely with area developers and the City of Chicago to preserve and enhance area character and encourage creative and innovative developments and projects. Positions on this Committee are by appointment only.
Sign and Urban Design Committee
Randy Kurzman, Co-Chair
Kurzman Architecture, LLC
Jennifer Siragusa, Co-Chair
The Magnificent Mile Association Sign & Urban Design Committee reviews building renovations (façade modifications, changes to design) and permanent and temporary signage, including construction canopies, banners, and window displays) in the The Magnificent Mile Association signage review area. The boundaries for this area are Oak Street to the north, Randolph Street to the south, Rush Street to the west and St. Clair Street to the east. The Committee works closely with businesses, building owners, sign companies and the City of Chicago to encourage creative and innovative signage and design, promoting the unique character of North Michigan Avenue. Positions on this Committee are by appointment only.
Public Way Committee
Erik S. Grossnickle, Chair
Bartlett Tree Experts
The Magnificent Mile Association Public Way Committee monitors conditions on the public right-of-way in the The Magnificent Mile Association district, with specific focus on North Michigan Avenue. This Committee encourages quality improvements to the public way, and monitors outdoor cafes, directional signage, bus shelters, newsboxes, etc. This Committee is also responsible for presenting the Annual Magnificent Mile Association Beautification Awards, given each year to buildings along the Avenue and properties in the surrounding neighborhoods with exceptional parkway plantings and exterior building conditions. This Committee is open to general Magnificent Mile Association Membership. I am interested in learning more about this committee.
Traffic & Transportation Committee
John Curran, Co-Chair
Big Bus Tours
Michael Werthmann, Co-Chair
The The Magnificent Mile Association Traffic & Transportation Committee monitors and evaluates traffic related issues and proposals and looks at the long-term transportation needs of the The Magnificent Mile Association district. This Committee is made up of transportation industry professionals, parking garage and valet owners and operators, area institutions and representatives from the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Department of Transportation and other related groups. This Committee is open to general Magnificent Mile Association Membership. I am interested in learning more about this committee.
Security & Emergency Preparedness Committee
Amber Adams, Co-Chair
Julio Aguilera, Co-Chair
The Magnificent Mile Association Security & Emergency Preparedness Committee works to promote safety and security and to look at long-term security needs and emergency preparedness planning in the The Magnificent Mile Association district. This Committee is made up of The Magnificent Mile Association retail, hotel and building security professionals, The Magnificent Mile Association member security companies, area institutions, and representatives from the Chicago Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Emergency Management and Communications and Cook County State's Attorney's Office. This Committee is open to those The Magnificent Mile Association members specializing in the areas of security and emergency preparedness. I am interested in learning more about this committee.
Donovan Pepper, Co-Chair
Robert Christie, Co-Chair
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare
Grant DePorter, Co-Chair
Harry Caray's Restaurant Group
The Committee was formed to address the need for formalizing the Association's policy positions on various timely issues and establishing procedures for determining positions that reflect the diverse The Magnificent Mile Association membership. Positions on this Committee are by appointment only.
21st Century Planning Committee
Christine Carlyle, Chair
Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Inc.
This Committee undertakes research, review and analysis of longer-range planning issues including the development of new parks and open space, landmarking of area buildings, and updating The Magnificent Mile Association's Vision 2025 policy document. Positions on this Committee are by appointment only.
North Michigan Avenue District 'By The Numbers' Committee
Lara Keene, Co-Chair
Mid-America Real Estate Corporation
Gail Spreen, Co-Chair
The North Michigan Avenue District 'By the Numbers' Committee compile economic, physical and social data and information on the Magnificent Mile District and provides periodic updates to the Association's data resource Michigan Avenue 'By the Numbers.'