CITY WINERY CHICAGO FACILITY HONORED WITH 2013 VISION AWARD
BY URBAN LAND INSTITUTE CHICAGO
(Chicago, IL -June 6, 2013) City Winery Chicago, a new fully operational winery, restaurant with outdoor patio, concert hall and private event space located in the historic urban Fulton Market district here, last night received a 2013 Chicago Vision Award granted by the Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI). Michael Dorf, proprietor of the 10-month-old City Winery Chicago (and its sister property in New York), was on hand to receive the award from ULI Vision Award Co-Chairs Alicia M. Berg, Columbia College Chicago; Theresa O. Frankiewicz, Crown Community Development; and Kirsten Ekdahl Hull, Joseph Freed & Associates LLC.
Among the attributes cited on City Winery Chicago’s winning nomination included the unique design and reuse of a 100-year old building, creation of more than 150 new jobs, adaptive re-use of the building materials in the design and furniture, and engagement of local professionals and laborers.
Built in 1911, the former refrigerated food distribution warehouse has been transformed into a 33,000-square-foot contemporary winery and hospitality facility, featuring reclaimed original wood beams, masonry, brick and arched openings. The décor evokes the romance of being in wine country, from the exposed stainless steel fermenting tanks and French oak barrels, to the aroma of fermenting grapes. To complete the project, Dorf led a design team comprising architect Christopher Warnick and designer Phillip Katz, joined by Summit Construction.
“Knowing the architectural history of Chicago and having the operational experience of our first facility in New York allowed us to really create a special building that could capture all the Old World charm and warmth, but utilize modern infrastructure to be efficient with our layout,” said Dorf. “We keep referring to this location as our 2.0 version—better in so many ways and stunning in its aesthetics. We are thrilled to be recognized with this honor.”
The 2nd Annual ULI Chicago Vision Awards define the standard for real estate development in the Chicagoland area. The Vision Awards recognize the full development process – construction, economic viability, marketing, and management—as well as design – and promote best practices in development, identifying projects and programs that exemplify the policy and practice areas that underpin ULI. ULI Chicago, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute, has more than 1,000 members in the Chicago land area. Organized in 1986, ULI Chicago provides expertise and guidance on land use and development issues to local communities through comprehensive technical assistance services and infrastructure initiatives.
The district council hosts monthly meetings, trends conferences, policy forums, and networking opportunities for its members and others in the real estate industry. To learn more about the 2013 Vision Awards contact ULI Chicago at 773-549-4972 or visit chicago.uli.org.