LOCUS LinkUps heading to Chicagoland this spring for spotlight on Opportunity Zones

LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors is pleased to announce its latest LOCUS LinkUp, Pathways to Opportunitya four-part, virtual series of networking and dealmaking events for responsible real estate developers and social impact investors interested in learning more about real estate project and business investment opportunities in Chicagoland’s Opportunity Zones. 

Pathways to Opportunity will be hosted in partnership with the Chicagoland Opportunity Zones Consortium as part of its ongoing participation in LOCUS’ National Opportunity Zones Academy

LOCUS LinkUps are networking and dealmaking events that bring together developers, investors, and local leaders and elected officials who are passionate about equity, opportunity, and smart growth in diverse communities. Structured as private networking events, LinkUps feature local officials sharing information about their community’s project opportunities, real estate markets, and development programs and incentives with a national audience of developers and investors. The ultimate goal of a LOCUS LinkUp is to match participants with project opportunities that they can be a part of. 

Pathways to Opportunity will take place over a series of four events this February, March, and April. As part of each event, attendees will be joined by representatives of Chicagoland’s most exciting new development and investment opportunities. 


Mark your calendars for:

February 4: Illinois Medical District 

On February 4, On February 4, attendees will be introduced to the Illinois Medical District (IMD), a global healthcare innovation community located just two miles from downtown Chicago on the city’s West Side. The IMD is home to world-renowned medical and healthcare institutionsand under the leadership of CEO Dr. Suzet McKinney, is seeking to become a vibrant live-work-learn-play life sciences community that revitalizes Chicago’s West Side.Learn more about the IMD and register here

March 4: INVEST South/West 

On March 4, LinkUp attendees will be joined by representatives from Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, who will showcase numerous Opportunity Zone project sites within the city’s INVEST South/West community improvement initiative. Over the next three years, the City of Chicago will marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations, and corporate and philanthropic partners toward 10 communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides. The City will also align more than $750 million in public funding through this groundbreaking collaboration. Learn more and register here

April 1: Cook County’s Lincoln Highway Industrial Corridor 

On April 1, representatives from Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development will present numerous Opportunity Zones sites located along the Lincoln Highway Industrial Corridor ready for industrial development, logistics, and large- and small-scale manufacturing. Learn more and register here

April 29: Business Development and Investment Opportunities Across Chicagoland 

Thursday, April 29, 10-11am CST

Finally, on April 29, attendees will learn about Opportunity Zones sites best suited for accelerators, incubators, and individual businesses throughout Chicagoland. Register here

Learn more and register

All events will be hosted from10-11am CST on their scheduled date. For more information, please contact Tola Myczkowska at [email protected].