Chicago property managers prepping for NATO/G8 summits

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While it remains to be seen whether mass protests will wreak havoc on Chicago as they have in other host cities of the G8 and NATO summits in years past, Chicago’s property managers are leaving nothing to chance.

As detailed in this article by Ryan Ori in today’s Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago’s top property management firms — including Jones Lang LaSalle — are already working in concert with the city, various law enforcement agencies and the local chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to put contingencies in place should any protests get out of hand when the summits come to town at the end of May.

Mark Anderson, national head of security for the JLL Property Management team, explains the thoughtful and proactice approach that his team is taking:

“There are properties that are looking at boarding up windows, fencing off areas and putting on security window film. Our vendors have also been asked to have enough provisions on site to last an extra day or two, if people have to hold overnight.”
While building owners are, of course, hoping that such worst-case scenarios will never come to fruition, the situation demonstrates, yet again, the importance of partnering with a seasoned, best-in-class property management firm.

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