Chicago Trend

Chicago TREND is a social enterprise initially funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It's a centralized source of real estate developers, retailers and community development organizations seeking to better comprehend the trajectories of Chicago neighborhoods and spend money on profitable retail projects that can drive transformative change. Chicago TREND offers a suite of services to recognize neighborhood and strategic retail opportunities, shorten the typical retail development timeline, and provide financial incentives and risk sharing for retailers and developers. More specifically, Chicago TREND delivers:- Lyneir Richardson

Market data and analytics that offer sophisticated and predictive market data on communities� current state and modify trajectories, shopping patterns within specific commercial corridors, corridor preferences among different demographic groups, retail corridors ripe for investment, as well as the likely aftereffect of new retail development on communities.
Development facilitation services by in the role of an expert broker among parties interested in strategic retail development, organizing a coalition of outlets interested in urban retail development (Retail Coalition of the Willing), providing assistance that accelerates the event timeline, and initiating new retail developments the location where the data and analytics indicate market opportunities for strategic retail development.
Financing tools to permit developers to draw in high-impact national and local retail tenants that will influence upward neighborhood trajectory by giving debt and equity financing to close the financial lending gaps that prevent them from committing.

These tools create mutually reinforcing retail and community change THAT BENEFITS residents and businesses alike.- Lyneir Richardson