JLL’s Guide to Open House Chicago 2016

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Open House Chicago 2016

Thousands upon thousands of architecture buffs and urban explorers will descend upon the city this weekend for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, which offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across the city on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

JLL Chicago is proud to have four of its buildings under management participating in this free public festival. Enjoy this handy guide to our buildings and get to know a member of each management team along the way. Hope to see you there!

Aon Center
Assistant General Manager: Wade Rodgers

Open House Chicago 2016

How long have you worked at your property? How long have you worked in the industry?
I’ve worked at Aon Center for almost two years. I’ve worked in the industry for 13 years.

Describe a “Day in the Life.”
A day in the life in property management is always different, which is what I love about this job! Whether it’s working with ownership on building development plans, working with the lender, meeting with a tenant regarding a concern in their space, putting together a monthly report, completing cleaning inspections, checking in on a construction project, meeting with a vendor to discuss a project or service in the building, handing out caramel apples to tenants for Halloween – there’s always something different!

What do you enjoy about property management?
See above.

What do you love about your building? Fun facts, historical info, design features, favorite spaces, etc.
I love that Aon is such an iconic building with a strong mix of tenant headquarters offices. It also has such a rich history, being built for a single tenant, Standard Oil, and evolving into the historic multi-tenant office building that it is today. You get views from all angles that you cannot get from one single building anywhere else in the city. A couple of the more famous “tenants” in the building include Mr. Peanut and the Kool-Aid Man, who moved in with Kraft Heinz at the beginning of the year. One of my favorite places is the rooftop, where you have a chance to check out what’s going on at all of the other buildings in the city, including the current new-construction sites.

What can visitors expect to see and explore at your property during Open House Chicago?
Visitors will be able to look out 360 degrees for an unparalleled panoramic view of the City of Chicago from the 71st floor of the Aon Center. Artwork from Jaume Plensa, Joe Walters and Wesley Kimler will also be on display in the building’s lobby.

Why should they make visiting your building a priority?
A magnificent building overlooking Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park in the heart of the East Loop should not be missed.

231 S. LaSalle
General Manager: Mary Cherny

Open House Chicago 2016

How long have you worked at your property? How long have you worked in the industry?
I have worked at 231 S. LaSalle for nine months and have been in the industry for 30 years this November.

Describe a “Day in the Life.”
A day in the life begins with meeting with the management team each morning to review what is on everyone’s agenda. Typical days are filled with tenant meetings, coordinating activities in the building with our vendor partners, working with ownership and planning future events. I always like to get a jump start early as new things come up daily and priorities shift continuously!

What do you enjoy about property management?
I love working with my team to figure out solutions for my client, our tenants and staff. It is really fun to be creative in the building and hear our tenants say they love what we are doing in the lobby, the rooftop deck is great, how much they enjoy our tenant events, etc. We work as a team to come up with new ideas all the time that we all learn from. I also love working with my colleagues in Chicago who collectively have a wealth of experience and are always willing to help.

What do you love about your building? Fun facts, historical info, design features, favorite spaces, etc.

I love the historical significance to the building, the architecture and the storied background of the area tied to the vitality of the LaSalle Street Financial District. The building was completed in 1924. The exterior of the building follows architectural features of the United Stated Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. with a long sequence of Ionic columns that stretch continuously from LaSalle Street to Clark Street. The Grand Banking Hall is stunning and distinctive and believed to be the largest banking hall in the world. The handcrafted detail molding and hand-painted murals on the ceiling are a Chicago Architectural Landmark. The Banking Hall was completely refurbished in 1993 and has most recently been renovated in 2015, serving as the new home of Wintrust Financial Corporation. It is also exciting to see the historical features of the building blending with more modern and contemporary spaces in the building including new tenant build-outs and our amenity area.

What can visitors expect to see and explore at your property during Open House Chicago?
The craftsmanship and detail of the exterior and interior lobby, the old main vault space which was the home to more than 30,000 safety deposit boxes at one time and the new tenant lounge and rooftop deck on the 23rd floor offering beautiful views of the surrounding area. Last but not least, enjoy the splendor of the Banking Hall.

Why should they make visiting your building a priority?
It’s a unique opportunity to see a historical gem.

224 S. Michigan
Property Administrator: Kevin Dalrymple

Open House Chicago 2016

How long have you worked at your property? How long have you worked in the industry?
I have been at 224 S Michigan for one and a half years and been with JLL and in the industry for the past three years.

Describe a “Day in the Life.”
This is tough as every day is different. There are so many different pieces that need to come together to run a building, whether it is interacting with the client, managing construction, dealing with tenants and vendors or the daily operations and accounting – the list is endless. Every day you have your hands on each of these aspects which makes work exciting. So much goes on behind the scenes to ensure a building is being run well and the entire staff takes great pride in making sure this is being done properly.

What do you enjoy about property management?
This goes along with the last answer. Every day a new challenge arises that needs to be solved which makes coming to work enjoyable and stimulating.

What do you love about your building? Fun facts, historical info, design features, favorite spaces, etc.
The historical significance is remarkable as Daniel Burnham used the penthouse office to draft the plan for the City of Chicago. We also have a beautiful glass skylight, which allows sunlight in to light up our lobby and grand staircase

What can visitors expect to see and explore at your property during Open House Chicago?
Visitors will be able see the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s model of Chicago in our lobby and also visit three architecture offices in the building; SOM, Stantec and Goettsch Partners.

Why should they make visiting your building a priority?
We have world-renowned architects who call 224 S. Michigan home. In addition, Daniel Burnham drafted his plan for the City of Chicago in this building.

Prudential Plaza
Assistant General Manager: John King

Open House Chicago 2016

How long have you worked at your property? How long have you worked in the industry?
I have worked at Prudential almost 10 years and and the industry for 22 years.

Describe a “Day in the Life.”
No two days are exactly the same. My time can be spent reviewing financial statements, negotiating service contracts, reviewing construction work sites, working with clients to help resolve issues or even inspecting a roof 600 feet in the air!

What do you enjoy about property management?
My favorite aspect of property management is the people! Every day I have the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and learn new things from them. In Property Management you have to work closely with the owners, the property team, building staff, clients and contractors. You really can learn a lot from all of these people if you take the time to get to know them.

What do you love about your building? Fun facts, historical info, design features, favorite spaces, etc.
I believe Prudential Plaza is the greatest building in Chicago! Prudential Plaza is a building rich in tradition that in the past three years has been transformed from an aging iconic property to one of the hottest commercial properties in the City. In addition to our proximity to Millennium Park, the Lake Front and shopping on Michigan Avenue, we also have a GREAT tenant lounge, roof deck and fitness center that really help to provide the opportunity to balance the work/life experience for our clients. It is also not uncommon to experience a celebrity sighting in the building as about 50 percent of the Chicago radio stations on your FM dial are located in the complex!

What can visitors expect to see and explore at your property during Open House Chicago?
Visitors can expect to see the newly transformed Randolph Lobby and state-of-the-art media wall! From there visitors are can ride comfortably in our new destination dispatch elevators to the 11th floor lounge and take in the extraordinary City and lakefront views from our one-of-a kind-roof deck.

(Note: Prudential is only open 9am to 5pm Saturday, CAF Members and Priority Access Only)

Why should they make visiting your building a priority?
The roof deck views are spectacular and will offer many photo opportunities! Many people do not realize that Prudential One was actually the tallest building in Chicago until 1966 and the Top of the Rock Restaurant on the 40th and 41st floors was actually one of the swankiest dining destinations in the 1960’s. I have also encountered many people who visited the 41st floor observatory as children or have parents or relatives that got married in the old Plaza Club space on the top of Pru One.

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