Mark Nora focuses on providing strategic creativity and tactical focus to maximize success for clients in real estate development projects. In this ever challenging market, Mark relies on his almost 40 years of experience as an attorney and urban planner to help clients achieve that success. The breadth and depth of his legal experience in the commercial, residential, and hospitality industries facilitates a client's ability to identify and resolve developmental challenges. Whether the issue involves land use and zoning, tax increment financing, public/private partnerships, or project and program finance, his extensive experience is a valuable asset in a client’s arsenal.

  • Structured redevelopment agreement in Lake County, Illinois for development of municipal services complex and expansion of multi-use office and commercial  complex.
  • Obtained approval of a $4.5 million Economic Development for a Growing Economy grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in connection with the relocation of a national health care consortium to Chicago.
  • Obtained approval of rezoning of commercial property to permit development of surgical center in northern Chicago suburbs.
  • Negotiated, documented, and closed on an application for tax increment financing for the redevelopment of blighted property as a performing arts and educational center in Chicago.
  • Represented purchaser of large mixed-use commercial and multifamily development financed by proceeds of $108 million multi-modal, multifamily housing revenue refunding bonds.
  • Obtained alcoholic beverage and other operational federal, state, and local licenses in multiple jurisdictions for national upscale chain of department stores.
Publications & Presentations
Leading Lawyers Magazine, Real Estate Edition
Publications & Presentations
Mr. Nora has conducted numerous seminars and presentations on:
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Economic Development Incentives
  • Urban Planning

before a wide variety of organizations including:

  • American Planning Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Chicago Bar Assocition
  • Illinois Association of Procurement Officials
  • Lorman Group of the National Business Institute
eAlerts Alerts
Empowerment Zones and Commercial Development
Real Estate Newsletter
2nd Quarter 2004