Category Archives: Chicago Commercial Real Estate

The industrial balance: Follow historical trends or look to the future

By Mason Hezner, senior associate, Brown Commercial Group Industrial businesses have been expanding steadily in recent years, fueled by growth in e-commerce, light manufacturing and related industries. As industrial property owners/tenants evaluate their space needs and debate whether to expand, … Continue reading

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Marcus & Millichap report: All is not gloomy for retailers

by Dan Rafter You might think that all brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling today, what with Amazon and online sales a constant threat. But the truth is more complicated, as the latest national retail forecast from Marcus & Millichap highlights. Yes, … Continue reading

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A stinky situation in the city: Chicago’s problem with dog poop

by Dan Rafter Tired of waking up to find dog poop on your front lawn? If you live in Chicago, you’re far from alone. Turns out, 2016 was a particularly busy year in the city for dog poop complaints. RentHop … Continue reading

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Designing office spaces to attract top talent

By Dan Earles Principal, Earles Architects and Associates Chicago’s downtown office market has seen significant changes in recent years, from the influx of companies moving downtown to the ongoing construction boom in Class-A office space. In this environment, many landlords … Continue reading

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New life: Transforming outdated office buildings into apartment towers, high-end retail

A flurry of new development is hitting the Chicago office market, with much of it focused on turning outdated Class-C buildings into apartments, hotels, retail and student housing. Continue reading

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Staying Full: Tenant advocates help users and keep markets strong

By David Liebman, SIOR, JD, LEED Green Associate Last year was a banner year for Chicago industrial real estate properties, and the trend is continuing this year. Ecommerce companies are zeroing in on central locations to help them reach large … Continue reading

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Construction outlook: More cranes in the sky, but labor shortages and rising costs await, too

by Dan Rafter When Paul Laird looks at the Midwest markets he serves as vice president and Midwest regional manager for United Construction Company, he sees a busy future. Construction crews are busy across the Midwest today, building spec industrial … Continue reading

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