Understanding how Chicago's underground construction review works

Understanding how Chicago's underground construction review works

If you are building in Chicago you may have to take part in the OUC process. If you’re digging, you’re most likely going to interact with the 27 constituent agencies and utility companies of the Office of Underground Coordination. Read about the office’s history and the OUC process itself.

Considering building co-living? Talk to MAPS first

Considering building co-living? Talk to MAPS first

There are at least 8 co-living buildings in Chicago, and MAPS wants to help make sure your co-living proposal gets the necessary zoning and building code approvals without any complications.

Hudson News's new store is now open at Midway airport

Hudson News's new store is now open at Midway airport

MAP Strategies has been working with Hudson Group, owner of the ubiquitous Hudson News stores at airports around the country, and IBI Group architects to manage the permitting and code compliance of dozens of new stores at O’Hare and Midway airports. The stores include a brand new FAO Schwarz toy store at Midway. Hudson’s new concept “Ink by Hudson”, which focuses on books, will also be coming in to the airports.

Exciting new project just completed as part of the new Chicago Midway airport revitalization.

Lamberto Smigliani, Architectural Department Manager at IBI Group, said, “The IBI-MAPS-Milhouse team worked together with Hudson to complete this project in record time. This new store will serve as the gateway to Midways’ Concourse A and will serve thousands of passengers each day. We were all glad to be part of the team and part of the revitalization of the airport.”

The latest renovated Hudson News store is now open at Midway. Enjoy the photos below, provided by Hudson Group.

Five density bonus programs in Chicago

Five density bonus programs in Chicago

Property owners who want to build more space on their land have some options. The typical route, and available across the city, is to apply for a zoning change to a classification with a higher “dash” number. However, property owners in certain parts of the city may be able to get an increase in density based on the property's location.

Bronzeville housing study published

Bronzeville housing study published

MAPS’s new Urban Planning Department can handle all of your zoning, site selection, and pre-development needs, including neighborhood-level housing studies like this one that we created for a client about Bronzeville.

A.M. 1980 was built fast

A.M. 1980 was built fast

We just happened to photograph the construction of A.M. 1980 exactly a year apart, making it easy to see how fast it was built!