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Eisenberg Foundation’s Real Estate Challenge Will Focus on West Loop Arena 

The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation’s 12th annual Real Estate Challenge will focus on Johnny’s IceHouse East in the West Loop, formerly the home of the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice rink. Eleven university teams will have the opportunity to propose a development plan for this year’s site and compete to win scholarships of up to $5,000.  

Currently the site holds a 51,500-square-foot ice arena situated on 0.5 acres of land, which will cease operation upon its sale. The site has the potential for adaptive reuse of the existing structure or ground-up development. Student teams will be tasked with proposing a development plan that is economically viable and complements the unique uses surrounding the site. 

The competition is slated to begin Feb. 21, with a virtual site tour. The final presentations will be given April 23, at a Chicago venue to be announced. 

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