Category Archives: Illinois

Driverless cars, entertainment centers and panic rooms … the right combo for dying malls?

by Dan Rafter Can driverless cars save struggling suburban shopping malls? Maybe … at least in part. These cars of the future might be one way technology can give a boost to malls, said Vishu Ramanathan, chief executive officer of … Continue reading

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Stan Johnson & Co. report: Single-tenant net-lease properties had second best year ever in 2016

by Dan Rafter The commercial real estate market is a busy one today. And few property types are generating as much activity as are single-tenant net-lease properties. Stan Johnson & Co. recently released its latest research report on this sector. … Continue reading

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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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Outlook strong for I-88 but could be challenged by limited space

The past year was robust for industrial projects, and while Interstate-88 didn’t have the same burst of activity as did I-55 or I-80, it still fared well. 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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