Category Archives: Illinois real estate

Payless latest big retailer to close stores, but there’s good retail news, too

by Dan Rafter Payless ShoreSource is the latest brand-name retailer announcing bankruptcy, filing for Chapter 11 protection last week and announcing plans to close about 400 stores in the United States. And Payless is just the latest big retailer closing … Continue reading

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Want to bring renters to your apartment buildings? Consider these amenities

by Dan Rafter What amenities are renters looking for in new apartment buildings? What features should owners and developers add to make sure that renters choose their properties? The National Apartment Association provides some hints in its latest report, Adding Value … Continue reading

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Edamame burger? Kale and quinoa soup? The healthy fast-food trend is hitting the Midwest

by Dan Rafter For Keith Kitsis, the decision was a simple one: People often need to eat fast. But eating fast shouldn’t have to mean eating unhealthy, too. That’s why 23 years ago, Kitsis founded Crazy Bowls & Wraps in … Continue reading

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Industrial insider: Top trends for industrial real estate in 2017

By Elise Couston Senior managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank As the e-commerce sector continues to experience growth in market share, and as new trends in manufacturing transform and grow, developers are paying close attention to what users will require … Continue reading

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No speculation about strength of spec industrial in Chicago’s I-55 corridor

As Chicago’s industrial market shows no signs of slowing, one particularly bright spot is the Interstate-55 Corridor. In addition to offering accessibility and visibility along its namesake thoroughfare and Interstate-355, which runs through it, the submarket is accessible to both … Continue reading

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Three Midwest industrial markets — besides Chicago’s — that are thriving today

by Dan Rafter Chicago gets plenty of press — well-deserved — for the strength of its industrial market. But the city isn’t the only Midwest industrial market that is thriving today. In fact, there are three other Midwest industrial markets … Continue reading

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Are the days of soaring apartment rents coming to an end?

by Dan Rafter Monthly apartment rents across the country remain high. But it appears that these rents might be rising at a slower clip throughout 2017. Yardi Matrix recently released its February rent survey, finding that the average U.S. monthly … Continue reading

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