Lunch & Learn Seminar: Public Way Approvals

June 12, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

115 S. LaSalle St., 8th Floor Conference Center, Room 806/807


Presented Foley & Lardner
Lunch will be served!

Failure to properly permit and insure all public way improvements can leave property owners and managers open to liability issues. Further, delays in securing signage or façade improvements can cause issues for new tenants or management companies. Navigating the public way permitting process and managing existing permits can be cumbersome if you are not familiar with the proper procedures. Whether you are seeking approvals of canopies, bollards, planters, snow melting equipment or something else entirely, having a good understanding of the City’s process, your obligations and the cost of completing your project will save you time and headaches. We will share our tips and tricks for securing the necessary permits and pitfalls to avoid to ensure you have confidence in your ability to navigate the public way! 

By attending this seminar, attendees will learn about:

  • When you need to seek a public way permit
  • What the process is for seeking a public way permit
  • The most common obstacles in seeking and managing existing public way permits
  • Other issues associated with public way management such managing pedestrian activity, permitting temporary construction or obtaining a sidewalk café permit.


Donna Pugh, Partner, Foley & Lardner
Donna J. Pugh is a partner and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where she focuses on obtaining land use and zoning entitlements on behalf of her retail, health care and corporate clients. With her approach of bridging the gap between client, civic and municipal needs, Ms. Pugh has an exceptionally high success rate of securing necessary approvals for land development projects in the Chicago area. She is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and Health Care Industry Team.

A consensus builder, Ms. Pugh works to unite institutional property owners, elected officials and community groups to achieve approvals that maximize flexibility of future land use and benefit all involved stakeholders.

Meaghan O’Connor, Land Use Planner, Foley & Lardner
Meaghan O'Connor is a land use planner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is a member of the Zoning and Land Use team at the firm’s Chicago office. Meaghan holds a master's degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (M.U.P.P., 2017) with a concentration in spatial planning and design.