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Chicago Developer McLean To Speak at UI

Chicago real estate developer and philanthropist Dan McLean, a University of Iowa alumnus, will discuss his career building commercial and residential properties when he speaks at the UI on Friday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. in Room C425 of the Pomerantz Center.

The lecture, part of the Knapp Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

McLean is president and chief executive officer of MCL Companies, a Chicago-based company specializing in the development, construction and marketing of urban properties. Among its Chicago-area projects are The Embassy Club, The Pointe and Lincoln Park, Old Town Square, The Oak Club, Riverview, Parkview, River East Center, and Metroplace. Its largest project is the creation of the River East neighborhood, home of the River East Art Center, located along the north bank of the Chicago River between Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue, adjacent to Navy Pier. When completed in 2010, the 13-acre development is anticipated to have 3,000 residents with parking for 4,000 cars, a hotel, restaurants and 21-screen cinema complex.

McLean's company also worked to develop thriving mixed-use communities from such former public housing projects as Henry Horner Homes, Cabrini-Green and the Near West Side.

MCL's developments outside of Chicago include Cherry Creek in Denver, Fisher Island in Miami and Central Park West in New York City. The New York City project is particularly noteworthy because the building was a hospital built in the 19th century that several developers have tried-and failed-to develop for the past several decades.

McLean also serves as trustee to Cinema Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and the Adler Planetarium, and a trustee-director of the Steppenwolf Theater Company.

McLean received his bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business in 1970.

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