Oh beautiful, for spacious offices: Expanding leases speak to market strength

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Here’s some exciting office market news before your July 4th long weekend. Both the Chicago CBD and suburbs finished Q2 with a flurry of deals. In fact, since Q3 2014, more than 60 percent of 20,000-plus square-foot leases in both submarkets have been expansions.
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Robots to the Rescue: JLL Hits Techweek

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Last week JLL stopped by Techweek Chicago for a lesson on drones. Already in use for security, logistics and scientific purposes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming all the rage in commercial real estate for building tours, property management and submarket overviews.


At Robots to the Rescue: The Evolution of Unmanned Vehicles, hosted by BuiltWorlds, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Techweek Chicago, experts demonstrated DJI’s Inspire 1 drone, above.… Read More

JLL supports the Chicago Blackhawks: Part 2

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The JLL Chicago team is still in shock, reliving the final seconds of our iconic Stanley Cup win last week.

Check out this footage from JLL’s Steve Stratton, who was there to capture history.… Read More

Consolidated Distribution Corp. breaks ground at Ridgeport Logistics Center

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JLL recently joined Ridge Development, the industrial development arm of Transwestern Development, and Elion Partners for the groundbreaking on two buildings in Ridgeport Logistics Center for the new headquarters of Consolidated Distribution Corp. (CDC).

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JLL supports the Chicago Blackhawks

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JLL Chicago employees are all fired up for tomorrow’s big Blackhawks game. Check out our Hawks pride below and let’s bring Lord Stanley back home!

Here’s JLL’s Jack Keenan with Chris Chelios and the Cup a few years back.JLL’s Margie Kurkowski Baran talking strategy with Jonathan Toews.JLL’s Deanna Becker and her boyfriend Jordan rocking their Hawks gear at a game.Read More

JLL Chicago celebrates National Donut Day

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JLL Chicago went big for National Donut Day, a holiday we’re proud to say originated in the Windy City.

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JLL Chicago organized a donut tasting from nine shops: good old Dunkin’ Donuts, Do-Rite Donuts, West Town Bakery & Diner, Spunky Dunkers, Oak Park Bakery, Sensational Bites, Glazed & Infused, Dinkel’s Bakery and Kirsten’s Danish Bakery.

Believe it or not, the day of donut decadence dates back to 1938, when it was kicked off by the Chicago branch of the Salvation Army.… Read More

Tech users clamoring for Class B space

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While Silicon Valley’s offices may be shiny, new and futuristic, tech firms in other parts of the country like Chicago are opting for older, more affordable and highly customizable Class B space.

“We’re seeing the most significant demand in the market from the tech sector right now,” JLL Senior Vice President of Agency Leasing Nikki Kern told CNBC. “We definitely are seeing a big push for Class B space from tech users.”

What’s the attraction?… Read More

North Cook County highlights industrial development ramp-up

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Industrial developers have been busy since the snow melted, with 8.3 million square feet of new product under construction. Look no further than North Cook County, said JLL Senior Vice President Steve Trapp, who spoke to a packed house recently at Bisnow‘s 5th Annual Industrial Summit in Rosemont.

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Venture One Real Estate’s Mark Goode and JLL’s Steve Trapp

Take Cabot Properties and Seefried Industrial Properties’ 217,064 square-foot 5600-5750 W. Jarvis Avenue in Niles, the fourth redevelopment in the area in the past 12 months, which is already 60 percent pre-leased.… Read More

PHOTO TOUR: UI LABS grand opening

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JLL joined Chicago’s technology, business and civic leaders last week at the grand opening of UI LABS, a first-of-its-kind research and development facility in Chicago advancing high-tech commercial innovation.

The collaborative, which brings together universities, industry and government organizations, is focused on innovation that drives economic impact, like its first venture, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). View our photo gallery below for a taste… Read More

Tech, suburban migration fuel Chicago CBD office growth

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The downtown office market saw measured growth in the first quarter of 2015, with vacancy down to 12.7 percent and rent up 4.7 percent. But those numbers alone don’t tell the full story.

“The tech boom and suburban migration are not new phenomena, but both classes of tenants continue to drive leasing momentum,” said JLL Senior Vice President Nooshin Felsenthal. “It all comes back to job growth and companies’ desire to attract top-tier talent.”

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Photo credit: Steve Geer

Here are seven secrets behind downtown’s rising office market and its potential for landlord leverage:… Read More

Airline caterers cooking up new facilities near O’Hare

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O’Hare International hosted 70 million passengers last year, making the world’s busiest airport a golden opportunity for the $4.7 billion airline catering industry. Four growing airline caterers, whose new facilities total 370,000 square feet, are enjoying the benefits of O’Hare’s orbit:… Read More

NAIOP panel reveals e-commerce, industrial trends impacting Chicago

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With e-commerce booming, industrial is adapting to new distribution challenges daily. The Chicago market, centrally located and gaining favor among global capital, finds itself at the convergence of those changes.

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JLL’s Kris Bjorson, International Director and Head of Retail/E-Commerce Distribution, spoke to a packed auditorium at NAIOP’s All Star Industrial Panel in Rosemont last Thursday.

The panel, which also included LaSalle Investment Management Managing Director Paul White and Panattoni Development Partner John Pagliari, broke down four key market trends affecting global industrial in the Windy City.

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LIVE BLOG: Data Centers in Chicago event

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JLL’s Chicago data center gurus — Matt Carolan, Sean Reynolds and Andy Cvengros — are hosting a discussion on data center activity in the Chicago and U.S. market, the impact data centers are making on companies of all shapes and sizes, and new trends in the marketplace.

Also on the panel are consultant Paul Schlattman of ESD and real estate attorney Michael Rechtin of the law firm Quarles… Read More

LIVE BLOG: JLL CEO Colin Dyer at Executives’ Club of Chicago Global Leaders Luncheon

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JLL CEO Colin Dyer (second from left) is one of three panelists at today’s Global Leaders Luncheon hosted by the Executives’ Club of Chicago. The topic is “Capital Flows and Global Footprint” and the other panelists are David Sayer (second from right), Global Head of Banking for KPMG, and Hung Tran (far right), Executive Managing Director of the Institute of International Finance. The panel is… Read More

College-educated Millennials making their mark on Chicago

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It’s no secret that Millennials — specifically, Millennials with college degrees — are making their mark on Chicago. For one, they’re the driving force behind the significant growth seen recently in the tech and creative sectors.

But how does Chicago stack up with other U.S. cities in terms of luring these bright young professionals?

According to research published in the New York Times earlier this week, not bad at… Read More

Industrial investors ‘stretching’ for Chicago product

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Spurred by the prospect of  continued and sustained rent growth, investors are snapping up industrial properties here in Chicago at a record pace .

In the latest such example — a deal brokered by JLL’s John Huguenard and Trevor Ragsdale — Dallas-based Hillwood Development Co. paid nearly $91 million for a 1.4 million-square-foot portfolio of six properties in Joliet, Elgin, Hanover Park, Bolingbrook and Carol Stream.

Hillwood paid roughly… Read More

Quad Cities colocation facility capitalizing on growing trend for data centers

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In its new report, “Sizing the Cloud, Forrester Research estimates that the data center colocation industry will grow to more than $43 billion by 2018, yet another proof point that companies are increasingly turning toward third-party providers to manage key components of their IT infrastructure.

As one data center expert recently put it, “the data center of the future is the one you don’t own.”

In Bettendorf, Iowa, the owners of the 60,000-RSF, 6-MW… Read More