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Chicago's 57-acre Museum Campus encompasses three major museums along with Soldier Field

Working Group Convenes to Maximize Chicago’s Museum Campus 

The Lightfoot administration has launched a working group, led by Mesirow CEO Richard Price, that will develop recommendations to enhance and reimagine the visitor experience of Chicago’s lakefront Museum Campus. The campus’ 57 acres include the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place. 

“The Museum Campus is an integral part of Chicago and a huge contributor to our city’s culture and economy,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “In order to maximize the benefits of its valuable assets, as well as address larger issues about the campus, recommendations from dedicated and talented community leaders are absolutely necessary.”   

Before the pandemic, tourism was a $16-billion industry, and this working group aims to further revitalize the city’s recovering tourism sector. It’s comprised of Chicago leaders and policymakers who will focus on outstanding cultural amenities, recreation and open spaces, athletic facilities, and transit access. 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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