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IMD Food Truck Ban Lifted

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March 2, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication
RGage@medicaldistrict.org
312-738-5800

 

 IMD & Alderman Ervin Announce Rule Change Lifting Ban
on Food Truck Operation in Illinois Medical District

Rule change to fulfill a longstanding need for more amenities
in one of the nation’s largest urban medical districts

CHICAGO– The Illinois Medical District (IMD) and Alderman Jason Ervin (28th) today announced that a ban on food trucks operating within the District has been lifted. The rule change was introduced in the Chicago City Council’s January meeting and approved in February.

Food truck vendors who are properly licensed, and who follow existing regulations can now operate widely throughout the IMD. IMD staff have conducted extensive outreach to individual vendors and vendor associations to inform them that the ban has been lifted. The rule change is in addition to previous efforts by the IMD and Alderman Ervin in November 2016, which resulted in three areas in the District being designated for food truck operation.

"I'm thrilled the Illinois Medical District community will have the same access to the latest food service industry trucks as every other neighborhood in Chicago,” said Alderman Ervin. “The West Side of Chicago is quickly transforming to one of the most exciting destinations to live, work and play, and smart changes to our rules and regulations like this only further accelerate this transformation."

The welcoming of food trucks to the IMD also fulfills a need for more amenities for its 80,000 daily visitors. In response to numerous initiatives, IMD stakeholders identified the lack of restaurants, lunch destinations and coffee shops as a drawback. Among the goals outlined in the updated IMD Master Plan is to provide high quality amenities such as services, retail and social spaces. The ability of food trucks to move throughout the District makes this service more accessible to more individuals.

“Our vision for the future of the IMD is to create a more vibrant, thriving environment for those who live, work and visit,” said IMD CEO/Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney. "The initial response to the food truck presence in the District has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re committed to building on that moving forward.”

The IMD is working closely with vendors and city departments to ensure that all requirements for food truck operation are met, and that the vendors’ presence in the District creates an inclusive and beneficial environment for everyone who uses the service.

 

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The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) fosters economic growth in the Illinois Medical District (IMD) by supporting healthcare, research, program, technology commercialization and real estate development initiatives. The IMDC facilitates collaboration among clinicians, academic researchers, private industry and patients, acting as an independent third party convener that brings institutions and individuals together around common needs, goals and themes. Our mission is to be a leader in patient care and medical research utilizing our diversity and unique assets while driving economic growth. www.medicaldistrict.org

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IMD & Partners to Break Ground at Gateway Development Site

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November 11, 2016
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Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication
RGage@medicaldistrict.org
312-738-5800

IMD & Partners to Break Ground at Gateway Development Site
Mixed-use real estate development will provide long-term economic benefits to one of
the nation’s largest urban medical districts and its surrounding communities

CHICAGO– The Illinois Medical District (IMD), its development partners and city leaders today announced the groundbreaking on The Gateway Project, a one point two-million square foot real estate development located at 2020 W. Ogden Avenue. A small ceremony will take place onsite at 11 AM on Monday, November 14, 2016.

The development contract for the Gateway site was awarded in 2013 to Gateway Partners, LLC, following a competitive bidding process. Gateway Partners, LLC is comprised of East Lake Management, Higgins Development Partners and Thomas Samuels Enterprises. This 9.5-acre mixed-use development includes:

  • 225-room hotel;
  • Retail and amenity spaces;
  • Medical office facility;
  • Life Sciences laboratory;
  • Fitness center;
  • Pharmacy;
  • Residence tower for young professionals;
  • Multi-family housing;
  • Multi-level parking structure and;
  • Open space public plaza.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate this occasion with our IMD partners and friends,” said IMD Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney. “The Gateway development will serve as a critical economic catalyst for the District and its surrounding communities.”

The Gateway Development is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs in the IMD. In addition, the 92,000 square feet of retail and amenity space will meet an existing demand for the 50,000 daily visitors and nearly 30,000 employees in the District. The medical and science spaces will expand opportunities for collaboration and research, keeping in line with the IMD’s future vision for the world’s next great healthcare innovation district.

The groundbreaking at the Gateway site comes during a time of comprehensive redevelopment planning that is currently underway throughout the District. Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), Rush University Medical Center and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have announced redevelopment projects that are expected to begin in the next year. In addition, several other new and existing IMD partners are in various phases of redevelopment and expansion plans, including the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT), Growing Solutions Farm and the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.

“The west side has patiently awaited its turn to take part in the great economic growth that is happening throughout the city,” continued Dr. McKinney. “The time is now, and the Gateway Development is just the start of a brighter future for the IMD and the surrounding communities.”

Infrastructure construction is scheduled to being in late fall 2016, with scheduled early delivery of phase one of development occurring in May 2018. Retail vendors have yet to be determined. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, IMD leadership and Gateway Partners, LLC will be available for a short comment period.

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The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) fosters economic growth in the Illinois Medical District (IMD) by supporting healthcare, research, program, technology commercialization and real estate development initiatives. The IMDC facilitates collaboration among clinicians, academic researchers, private industry and patients, acting as an independent third party convener that brings institutions and individuals together around common needs, goals and themes. Our mission is to be a leader in patient care and medical research utilizing our diversity and unique assets while driving economic growth. www.medicaldistrict.org

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