Current Project

The Burnham Lakefront


Lakefront & 31st Street, Chicago, IL – McLaurin and partners, Farpoint, Draper & Kramer, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, MPEA, Illinois Governor Rauner, and Chicago Mayor Emanuel have presented this location as a potential Amazon HQ2 Headquarters at the former Michael Reese Hospital campus. Ideally located just south of downtown Chicago alongside the lakefront and adjacent to rich-cultural communities. This multi-phased project is envisioned as a progressively designed, fully sustainable, high-tech campus over 100+ acres along Chicago’s Lakefront. For more details, visit

The project would include:

  • 100+ Acres of Prime Property
  • 12M Square Ft of New Development
  • 2 Miles of Lakefront

    "This is a great opportunity to continue needed economic development south of the McCormick Square campus. We have selected a proven, talented and diverse development, finance and consulting team that can collaborate with us to fulfill the great potential of a vital part of Chicago."

    – Lori T. Healey, CEO of MPEA


    Current Project

    S. Lafayette Ave.


    8522 S. Lafayette Ave., Chicago, IL – McLaurin and partners have identified a unique opportunity to enhance the value of the former Soft Sheen Products building on Chicago's South Side. By subdividing the 14.5 acres of land and 200K SF building, the partners plan to expand education, community open space, and storage on the transportation-advantaged property.


    "This type of asset repositioning is where McLaurin excels, a legacy urban property that had previously failed redevelopment attempts. We utilized our relationships, decades of experience, and creative management skills to transform a once dormant behemoth."

    – Zeb McLaurin, CEO


    Current Project

    P.S. Bronzeville


    Chicago, IL – McLaurin is re-imagining this central and underutilized location within minutes of downtown Chicago. This development is in the shadows of the White Sox dug out, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Chicago’s lakefront. The development would create an elevated walking and biking path for residents from I-94 to the lakefront and bring much needed retail to the area. 

    The project would include:

    • Commercial retail
    • 500+ residential units
    • Pop-up retail for greater local access

    "Chicago’s downtown area and lakefront can keep you happily occupied for days, but you haven’t really seen Chicago until you’ve visited some of our distinct and culturally diverse neighborhoods. They’re fun and fascinating – and they’re just minutes away from downtown on public transportation."

    – Chicago Office of Tourism


    Current Project

    NorthLight Theatre


    Evanston, IL – Northlight Theatre’s new performing arts center will soon find its home in the bustling town of Evanston. The mixed-use facility will function as a public square providing space for community and smaller groups to perform, discuss, and gather. The 350 seat mainstage and 100 seat black box theatre will provide an economic boom for surrounding retailers and restaurateurs as many of Northlight’s current patrons hail from Chicago.  


    "We have often talked about having a home of our own. This proposed state-of-the art facility will beautifully showcase our award-winning work with the purpose of welcoming our loyal audiences and the community to our space."

    – Tim Evans, Executive Director at Northlight


    An Unprecendent Transaction



    71st & Stony Island, Chicago, IL – The corner where Starbucks currently stands was the former home to a shuttered fast food restaurant. It is now one of the company’s most successful franchises. McLaurin answered the call of the City and local Alderman to push the envelope for this under-valued asset in Chicago’s South Shore Community, now steps from the new Obama Presidential Center.  After years of pursuing national tenants, McLaurin successfully developed the first Starbucks Urban Coffee Opportunity flagship on the South Side.


    Developers Eye Stony Island Ave. For Retail – The Herald, Jul 1999
    For Some, It's Coffee; For Others, It's ClassChicago Tribune, Jul 2004
    Magic Partnership Brings Starbucks To The South Side – Chicago Sun-Times, Sep 2004
    Starbucks More Than Just A Cup Of Coffee  – Chicago Defender, Oct 2004


    "This is a cornerstone for us. Who would ever think Starbucks would invest at 71st & Stony Island?"

    – Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago 2004


    A Historic Land Swap



    Division & Larrabee, Chicago, IL –  Target opened its doors on Division & Larrabee, the former site of Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) Cabrini Green Development, the neighborhood anchor to what became the most sought-after real estate in the city. McLaurin facilitated an economic boom in this community that otherwise may not have been realized by carefully crafting a historic land swap with the CHA. This location is, reportedly, the last big box Target store projected to be built. 


    Vision For Cabrini Target Unveiled – Chicago Sun-Times, May 2011
    New Target Opens On Former Site Of Cabrini Green Housing Development – CBS Chicago, Oct 2013


    "20, 30, 40 years ago, Target nor anybody would ever go through Cabrini Green. Today, a resident of public housing was a developer and 60 employees at the store are residents from the neighborhood."

    – Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago