Christopher G. Kennedy
American businessman
Christopher G. Kennedy
Christopher George Kennedy is an American businessman. Until April 2012, Chris Kennedy was president of Merchandise Mart Properties, a commercial-property management firm based in Chicago, Illinois, which manages various properties including The Merchandise Mart in Chicago and the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles, California, and the Boston Design Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the son of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a member of the Kennedy family.
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University Of Illinois At Chicago Vying To Be Future Site Of Barack Obama's Presidential Library
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The University of Illinois at Chicago has thrown its hat into the ring of institutions competing to house Barack Obama's future presidential library and museum. UIC announced its plan to bid for the library Sunday with a university spokesman saying the school is exploring "at least five sites" on its Near West Side campus, the Tribune reports. "Our candidacy follows the recommendation of a task force of deans, administrators and outside advisers who agreed that UIC's diversity, research, outreach and central location make it uniquely appropriate for the library and museum honoring President Obama's legacy," UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares told the Tribune. Among UIC's Chicago-based competition is the University of Chicago (where the president was a lecturer at its law school for more than a decade); Chicago State University; and even the site of the old Michael Reese Hospital in Bronzeville. As the Associated Press notes, Obama has no formal ties to UIC or Chicago State while ...
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JFK's Nephew: Fidel Castro Was 'An Amazing Guy'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, the nephew of the late former President John F. Kennedy, on Thursday described an encounter he had with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 2001 as "amazing." Speaking with HuffPost Live host Jacob Soboroff, Lawford described the time that year when he sat next to Castro at a screening of the 2000 docudrama "Thirteen Days", which documents the Kennedy administration's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. In 2005, Lawford told CNN's Larry King that Castro got up at the end of the film and said it was "great," but that it had ignored Cuba's perspective on the situation. This isn't the first time Lawford has mentioned his feelings about his meeting with Castro. As The New York Times previously noted, Lawford "proudly describes" watching the film with Castro in his memoir "Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption." Lawford went on to give his take on Raul Castro's leadership and America's current relationship with C ...
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Kerry Kennedy: Doctors Say Seizure Caused Accident
Bronxville-Eastchester Patch - over 4 years
Kerry Kennedy says that a seizure is to blame for her North Castle car accident on Friday, based on findings from doctors. Speaking out for the first time since she was arrested Friday near Interstate 684 after hitting a tractor trailer with her car, Kennedy talked to reporters after her Tuesday arraignment at North Castle town court on her driving while ability impaired charge; she pleaded not guilty. Kennedy explained that she had neurological testing done after her arrest. “Determined to understand my medical condition, I underwent a full battery of neurological testing at Mount Sinai Medical Center," she said outside of the court building, located in Armonk. Based on an MRI taken, there is "an area of hyper density" due to a past head injury that she suffered. “A comprehensive battery of neurological function tests showed symptoms consistent with the right side of the brain injury," she said." This was just one sign that a seizure may have been the cause. Kennedy ...
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Wolf Point proposal doesn't live up to promise of its site; Kennedy family's $1 billion development, designed by Cesar Pelli, needs substantial reworking
Chicago Times - over 4 years
From today's print edition Cities rarely get opportunities for architectural greatness like the one Chicago now has at Wolf Point. This historic plot at the meeting of theChicago River'sbranches — once home to pioneer taverns and trading posts, in recent decades an eyesore surface parking lot — is as prominent as they come. It deserves the finest architecture and public spaces. Nothing less will do. The $1 billion plan for Wolf Point unveiled at a community meeting Tuesday by representatives of the Kennedy family and three financial partners is not there yet. It needs substantial improvement before the developers and their architects, led by Cesar Pelli of the New Haven, Conn., firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, should be granted the zoning change they covet. The problems range from a traffic study that appears overly friendly to the developers who paid for it to building designs that are, at present, underdetailed and uninspired. Questions about how the towers will add to — or detract fro ...
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Kennedys and Pelli's firm unveil plans for three-tower riverfront complex
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Touting what would be downtown Chicago’s largest new real estate development since the 2008 financial crisis, representatives of the Kennedy family and three financial partners on Tuesday provided the first glimpse of a proposed three-tower office and apartment complex on a historic but long-underutilized site along the Chicago River. The project, whose cost is pegged at more than $1 billion, calls for a slope-roofed office building of 925 feet, which would be Chicago’s eighth-tallest structure. Another office building and an apartment high-rise would bring the project’s combined square footage to nearly 3 million square feet, more than the biggest skyscraper of the boom years, the 2.6-million-square foot Trump International Hotel & Tower. The plans, made public at a community meeting called by Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, and attended by more than 300 people, are for the triangular Wolf Point parcel to the southwest of the Merchandise Mart. The Kennedys sold the Merchandise Mart ...
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Wolf Point plan deserves scrutiny; Kennedy family and architect Pelli plan complex that includes 900-foot skyscraper
Chicago Times - almost 5 years
Is it finally Wolf Point’s time? Exactly 180 years ago, as depicted in an old postcard, pioneers patronized primitive taverns and inns at a patch of land alongside the confluence of the Chicago River’s north and south branches. Native Americans paddled canoes down the river. Now, after years of failed proposals for the prominent site, the Kennedy family is floating plans for a three-tower complex whose tallest skyscraper would rise 900 feet. That would make it the city’s eighth tallest building--no Willis Tower, but nothing to sneeze at. No drawings are available. We likely won’t see any until a May 29 community meeting called by Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd. Yet the public has every reason to start analyzing the broad outlines of the development now. The fate of one of the choicest parcels in town hangs in the balance. And the issue is whether the design by New Haven, Conn., architect Cesar Pelli will rise to the level of greatness demanded by the site — or whether the Chicagoans ...
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SPECIAL EVENT: City Newspaper's 2012 Cultural Crawl
City Newspaper - almost 5 years
Presented by VisitRochester Join the event on FACEBOOK for updates as soon as we get them. For a PDF version of the official Cultural Crawl Guide, published in the April 18 issue of City, CLICK HERE. Get out and take in Rochester's arts and cultural scene in ONE DAY! On Saturday, April 21, 10a.m.-7 p.m. dozens of the biggest and brightest organizations in Rochester's art, dance, music, theater, comedy, literary, film, and family-entertainment scenes will be offering FREE or low-cost events. This is an opportunity to get a taste of the immense arts and cultural opportunities that exist in Rochester, NY. Participating groups include: Anderson Alley Artists: FREE open studios and art demonstrations by select Anderson Alley artists. (NOTA, 3-5 p.m.) Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester: FREE admission to the gallery, currently showing "Brian O'Neill: The Bridge Between Two Worlds." (NOTA, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Axom Gallery: FREE admission to the gallery, featuring th ...
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Actor, activist Lawford to speak Thursday in GF - Grand Forks Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, an anti-drugs advocate, author and actor, will speak Thursday in Grand Forks at the invitation of the Community Foundation's Women's Fund. Christopher Kennedy Lawford, an anti-drugs advocate, author and actor,
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UI nears halfway point to finding $60 million in savings - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Trustees will get a report on the savings at a meeting of the Executive Committee, made up of chairman Christopher Kennedy and board members Edward McMillan and Pamela Strobel. The committee meets at 1 pm Wednesday in Chicago
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BOOK REVIEW: Rock's birth relived through '1950s Radio in Color' - Wicked Local
Google News - over 5 years
Christopher Kennedy's '1950s Radio in Color' spotlights the lost photos of Cleveland DJ Tommy Edwards. By Peter Chianca / pchianca@wickedlocal.com Did you know that MTV was invented in 1956? In Cleveland? As far-fetched as either of those suggestions
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John Gray named interim principal at Nayatt School - EastBayRI.com
Google News - over 5 years
At the meeting, the School Committee voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Mrs. Keith, who was hired to replace Christopher Kennedy, the former Nayatt School principal who resigned at the end of the last school year after it was revealed that
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New candidate for Lake County State's Attorney - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
She joins fellow Republicans Bryan Winter and Mike Nerheim in the race for that party's nomination, while Democrats Christopher Kennedy and Scott Drury are seeking their party's nomination for the office. Waller announced last month he won't seek
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'Lost' photos from Cleveland chronicle 1950s rock - The330
Google News - over 5 years
Edwards, who died in 1981, was a DJ by trade but also an amateur photographer, and 200 of the more than 1700 Ektachrome slides he took have been compiled into a book by self-described “rock 'n' roll detective” Christopher Kennedy as 1950s Radio in
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Fort Polk soldiers return home - Leesville Daily Leader
Google News - over 5 years
Pfc. Christopher Kennedy gets a big hug from his mother, Lisa Williams, upon his return from Afghanistan Aug. 1. Kennedy's unit, the 814th Eng Co, 46th Eng Bn, 1st MEB, was treated to a redeployment ceremony at Fort Polk's 1st MEB Gym
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Vital phone link faulty for week - Bury Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
FOR Christopher Kennedy the telephone is literally a lifeline, but he has been without his for nearly a week. Mr Kennedy is a former cancer patient and has angina so he wears an alarm he can press at anytime, anywhere in his Winthrop Road,
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Illinois hires Cincinnati's Thomas as AD - STLtoday.com
Google News - over 5 years
Thomas also received high marks for Cincinnati's improved academic performance by its athletes and Christopher Kennedy, chairman of the Board of Trustees, reiterated the importance Illinois places on that matter. "At Illinois we wanted in our new
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UIUC names Wise new chancellor at Urbana campus - Forbes
Google News - over 5 years
"She has run an institution as large as the entire University of Illinois, and she's a lead researcher among her peers who knows how to pursue research grants," said Christopher Kennedy, chair of the University of Illinois' board of trustees
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Merchandise Mart Cuts Staff - Gifts & Decorative Accessories
Google News - over 5 years
We are doing so again in order to better service our customers and position us for sustainable future growth." Falanga was recently promoted to president of the company, following Christopher Kennedy's stepping down from the position
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A Kennedy on a quest to do more - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
I had just 30 minutes to talk with Christopher Kennedy, the outgoing chief of Chicago's Merchandise Mart and the eighth of Robert F. Kennedy's 11 children. So I got to the point. "For what? What would I run for?" Kennedy replied, sounding incredulous
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Lawford to speak at ShareHouse gala - In-Forum
Google News - over 5 years
Keynote speaker will be Christopher Kennedy Lawford, the son of actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy. He will share his story of addiction and recovery. Lawford is an actor, writer, lawyer, activist and public speaker
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christopher G. Kennedy
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 48
    In May 2012, Kennedy started the Chicago based non-profit Top Box Foods.
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    Until April 2012, Kennedy was president of Merchandise Mart Properties, a commercial-property management firm based in Chicago, Illinois, which manages various properties including The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles, California, and the Boston Design Cente in Boston, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and is a member of the Kennedy family. Kennedy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Robert Francis Kennedy and Ethel (née Skakel) Kennedy, the eighth of their eleven children. He is one of four grandchildren of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy born during the administration of his uncle U.S. President John F. Kennedy. His siblings are:
  • 2010
    Age 46
    On September 23, 2010 Bill Ayers was unanimously denied emeritus status at the University of Illinois at Chicago after board chairman Kennedy gave a speech protesting it, with the quote "I intend to vote against conferring the honorific title of our university to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father, Robert F. Kennedy."
    More Details Hide Details As Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., Kennedy is responsible for the development of the Kennedy family real estate holdings in Chicago known as Wolf Point, Chicago. The Wolf Point development site represents a billion-dollar commitment to the downtown core, and the site is zoned for construction of a residential apartment building, a self-park garage, and two additional high-rise buildings. Kennedy also is a partner in Sudbury Station LLC, a development entity proposing a 250-unit luxury rental housing development with a state mandated minimum affordable housing set aside in Sudbury, Massachusetts, designed to meet local housing needs for seniors and the working class community. Proposed on a 39-acre parcel zoned residential near the Historic District of Sudbury, the Village at Sudbury Station would satisfy the Massachusetts affordable housing mandate for Sudbury, would be located close to schools, parks, churches and public safety facilities, and would contribute significant additional tax revenue to the town. The project has received widespread criticism from town officials and residents. Residents voted unamiously to hire a special counsel to stop the development, which violates over thirty local zoning ordinances.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    On September 10, 2009, Kennedy was elected by the trustees as their chairman.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy has never run for any elective office. He is on the board of trustees of the mutual funds managed by Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based investment-management firm. Since 1996, he has been a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, a group established in the 1920s with the goal of aiding "the creation and expression of an enlightened public opinion on the important economic and social questions of the day". Since 1997, Kennedy has also been a member of the Executives Club of Chicago, which brings world leaders and practices to the local business community to establish productive relationships and explore the issues facing the business world in today's business environment.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    Under Kennedy's leadership of the Mart, it was the largest building in the world to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification in 2007 from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
    More Details Hide Details The Mart has long been implementing sustainable practices. The Mart Center began operating a thermal storage facility in 1986, capable of building of ice per night, cooling 71 buildings in the surrounding neighborhood, and saving $200,000 in electricity costs in the first year. In 1990, the Mart Center began using Green Seal-approved green cleaning products and the next year implemented a recycling program, which today includes all forms of paper products, glass, light bulbs, batteries, aluminum and construction materials. In 1996, the Mart Center became one of the first major property owners in downtown Chicago to enter into an agreement with the district cooling system now known as Thermal Chicago, thus contributing to the national effort to reduce the discharge of ozone-damaging CFCs. In 2006, MMPI joined Clean Air Counts, a voluntary initiative to reduce smog forming pollutants and energy consumption in the greater Chicago area. Part of the campaign strategies included utilizing only low VOC cleaning products, paints and building materials, as well as energy efficient lighting and alternative workplace transportation options. To date, the Mart Center has reduced pollution by, the largest reduction by a commercial building.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 36
    Kennedy was the president of Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, Illinois, from 2000 until 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The property was originally owned by the Kennedy family until it was sold to Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. The Merchandise Mart, one of the properties of Merchandise Mart Properties, is the largest commercial building in the world, serving as both a luxury wholesale design center and one of the leading international business locations in Chicago. The Mart spans two city blocks and rises twenty-five stories for a total of 4.2 million square feet (390,000 square metres) Three million people come through the Mart each year to visit its retail shops, permanent showrooms, and office space as well as attend the numerous trade, consumer and community events hosted there.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    From 1997-1999, Kennedy served as chairman of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, a sales-and-marketing organization promoting Chicago to the tourism and convention industries.
    More Details Hide Details Under Kennedy's chairmanship, the bureau retained and expanded Chicago's event-and-convention industry. Since 2000, Kennedy has been a member of the City Club of Chicago, a group that brings together civic and cultural leaders to discuss and debate issues affecting the Chicago area. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a group that brings together the city's business, educational, and cultural leaders on projects to improve central industries and create new economic opportunities.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 24
    He was also treasurer of the campaign committee for his brother Joseph's reelection to the U.S. House in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Over the years he has organized numerous fundraising events in Chicago for his uncle Ted, his sister Kathleen, his brother Joseph and his cousin Mark Shriver. The National Journal once quoted Kennedy as saying, "I have a lot to keep up with: a brother who might run for Congress, a sister and a brother considering races for governor, a cousin who might run for Congress, another in Congress, an uncle in the Senate and a cousin-in-law, Arnold Schwarzennegger, who is thinking of running for governor." Beyond his family, Kennedy has served in a variety of capacities for numerous political campaigns, including hosting a fundraiser for Barack Obama in his bid for U.S. Senate. In August 2009, after considering a run for the U.S. Senate, as did many others, Kennedy decided not to run. Also in August 2009, on the day after his uncle Ted's death on August 25, 2009, Kennedy was appointed to the University of Illinois board of trustees by Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.
  • 1986
    Age 22
    After graduating from college in 1986, Kennedy moved to Illinois, and they were married in 1987 in Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details They are raising their four children in the Chicago suburb of Kenilworth. His wife earned a law degree and practiced at Sidley & Austin in Chicago before taking time off to take care of their children. Kennedy's political activism began at an early age, and in 1979 and 1980 he worked on his uncle U.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy's bid for the 1980 Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President.
    Kennedy graduated from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, he graduated with a master of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Kennedy is chairman of the Kennedy family investment firm Joseph P Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. He is treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, is on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Community Trust, and is a board member of the Catholic Theological Union, Interface, Inc. and Knoll Inc. He is a member of the mutual fund board of trustees for Ariel Investments.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 18
    He grew up at his family home, Hickory Hill, in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., and attended the Potomac School in McLean through ninth grade. He transferred to Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, also a suburb of Washington, and graduated in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details While in high school, he volunteered at a home for runaway youth.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on July 4, 1963.
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