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Practice Area

Administrative Law

Municipal Law

Real Estate Transactions & Finance

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) & Community Development

Zoning, Development & Land Use


John Marshall Law School, L.L.M. Tax

University of Detroit School of Law, J.D.

Aquinas College, B.S.



As a partner with the firm, Carol’s practice focuses on real estate, zoning and land use matters.  Carol represents real estate investors, developers, landowners and public agencies that have simple to complex zoning and land use needs. Carol has a breadth of experience in the legislative and administrative aspects of zoning, landmarks and other land use issues.  Carol successfully develops and implements legal strategies to expedite a project from the conceptual stage all the way through application and ultimate approval.  She provides counseling on zoning and planning, landmarks, redevelopment, acquisition of real property, variances, special use permits, right of way approvals including vacations and dedications.  She is highly effective in assisting clients with community and government relations.  Clients benefit from her local knowledge, experience and working relationships that are essential to a successful zoning and land use process.  


Representative Matters


  • Institutional Planned Development including vacation of public right of way, pedestrian bridge and tunnel under public right of way for institutional uses including new medical office building on site area in the Near West Side Community.

  • Planned Development including vacations of public right of way and approval for development in Chicago Lakefront Protection area for Obama Presidential Museum and Library in Jackson Park located on approximately 19.3 acres.

  • Planned Development for residential and commercial retail project with 586 dwelling units in West Loop.

  • Planned Development for 36-story tower containing 121 residential units, 259 hotel rooms, and 113 parking spaces in Near North Community Area.

  • Business Planned Development for Walmart in food desert on site in the Auburn Gresham Community Area.

  • Business Planned Development for Jewel grocery store in food desert in the Auburn Gresham Community Area.

  • Residential Business Planned Development for 220 dwelling units and 114,000 SF of retail space in Logan Square Community Area.

  • Residential Business Planned Development using Tax Increment Financing and vacations and dedications of public right of way on site in North Lawndale Community Area. The development included a residential transitional living facility with 70 beds and a program services building for youths ages 12-17 years old.

  • Residential Business Planned Development for 18-story, 208-unit apartment building on 56,000 SF site in Near North Side Community Area.

  • Residential Business Planned Development for 9-story, 216-unit apartment building, with approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space and 227 parking spaces in Near West Side Community Area.

  • Institutional planned development, acquisition of city land and vacation of public right of way for a sixth to twelfth grade charter school on 167,844 SF site in Woodlawn Community Area.

  • Institutional Planned Development for new 25-story (390 foot) outpatient care facility devoted to medical services and outpatient surgery.  Project included 2 pedestrian bridges over public right way and tunnel below on 46,094 SF site in Streeterville Community Area.

  • $12,000,000 Tax Increment Financing for commercial residential development including Whole Foods Grocery store and 180 residential dwelling units in Hyde Park Community Area.

  • Institutional Planned Development with Landmarks Commission review and approval for a new 32-story vertical university campus building with 600 student beds, classrooms, lecture halls, and union in the Loop. 

  • $5,000,000 Tax Increment Financing for renovation of 206,000 SF manufacturing building in Peterson/Pulaski Redevelopment Area. 

  • Planned Developments and administrative approvals for schools, fire stations and libraries.

Professional Activities


  • Chicago Bar Association -                                                                    Member of State and Local Government and Real Property Law-     Legislative Subcommittee

  • Urban Land Institute

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Carol D. Stubblefield

Office: (312) 641-7144  Fax: (312) 628-7071

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