Monthly Archives: November 2016

Getting to know Keara Fanning

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Keara Fanning‘s passion for the environment has evolved since she started chasing butterflies and dreaming of swimming with beluga whales. JLL’s Midwest Sustainability Practice Lead found her way into the world of wellness in the workplace, where sustainability can go a long way toward boosting employee satisfaction.

“Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are now the expectation for our clients, with trends moving toward health and well-being,” Keara says. “We’re making sure the spaces we design and occupy not only make healthier and happier employees but also allow them to be more productive.” Enter the Well Building Standard, a type of “nutritional label” for a space that Keara and team are pursuing for a large corporate client. Let’s dive in.

Keara Fanning

In Hawaii with my fiancé Rick

Typical day: I handle all sustainability projects for the Midwest, including LEED certification, WELL Building Standard, energy retrofits and carbon reporting. We work on both new construction and existing buildings and frequently partner with other JLL business lines from project management to property management to our portfolio energy managers on corporate accounts.

Well, what’s a WELL Building anyways? WELL has overlaps with LEED, including indoor air quality and lighting, but lighting for WELL measures “melanopic lux,” which accounts for different colors in light. For example, if you sit in blue light all day, it throws off your circadian rhythm. WELL also accounts for an office’s fitness opportunities and the nutritional content, particularly sugar, of its available food and drinks (meaning no larger than an 8 oz. Pepsi). WELL sends an assessor once the project is occupied to test light, air and water quality.… Read More

Project Profile: Zurich North America

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Today’s headquarters decisions are more important than ever, driving companies’ recruitment, retention and brand strategies. When available space in the market doesn’t fit with the corporate vision, some companies are choosing to build new to create a truly personalized workplace of the future.

Build-to-suit projects are inherently complicated and risky. That’s why we have a dedicated team that takes an entirely different approach, offering our clients greater transparency and control.

Take a look at JLL client Zurich North America’s story below, where our Build-To-Suit Practice Group partnered with JLL’s Project and Development Services team to deliver a state-of-the-art headquarters campus in Schaumburg:… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 5: Space as a recruitment tool

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A center of industry innovation with a high concentration of companies, ideas and talent, Chicago is a tech hub that will maintain its resilience and employment growth through the next cycle and beyond.

That’s because it’s not just startups after the 25-year-old whiz software developer. Big enterprise users from the Fortune 500 on down are challenging tech, both name-brand and early-stage, to attract millennial brainpower. Take IMC, a fast-growing trading firm JLL Managing Director Matt Carolan and Senior Vice President Phil Geiger expanded to 78,000 square feet in Willis Tower earlier this year.

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Phil Geiger and his kids showing off some JLL spirit

“IMC is battling it out with the Googles, Facebooks and LinkedIns of the world for top tech talent,” Phil said. “Like companies across the spectrum, they secured market-leading space as a big component of their recruitment strategy.”… Read More

4 reasons Chicago is a top life sciences cluster

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Chicago Life Sciences Economic Scorecard
Recently ranked a Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Cluster by Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, Chicago hosts six world-renowned medical schools, the largest concentration of physicians and two major federal research labs. Let’s take a look at why the life sciences industry continues to thrive:… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 4: Getting to know Sam Kennedy

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Just call Sam Kennedy the startup whisperer. He spent four years in a dual role at the venture firm Guild Capital and running a national tech conference, Techweek. Working with early-stage tech companies from around the world in both gigs helped him recognize patterns and apply them to help run their businesses more efficiently.

After connecting with JLL brokers at tech events around the city, Sam joined the team as Vice President and Tech Practice Group Lead to elevate the way JLL interfaces with startups in the Chicago market and beyond. “At a time when I was thinking about how I might harness my network to try something new, JLL gave me the best of both worlds. The support of a Fortune 500 real estate company with the opportunity to start an entrepreneurial project,” Sam says. Let’s learn more.

Sam Kennedy enjoying the outdoors

Grays Peak in Colorado along the Continental Divide., this past summer

Typical day: I’m always on my feet, getting to know landlords and leasing agents around the city and catching up with entrepreneurs and tech startups. It’s my job to inform JLL’s service lines on which companies are growing. It’s about changing our internal framework and modernizing the way JLL pursues the new generation of companies out there. While that might mean less cold calling, the business is still very relationship-based with authentic connections being made online and in-person. Data is also more widely available than ever, which makes us differentiate by thinking through the personality of a company and how they can interpret existing data to make strategic decisions.… Read More

In the community: JLL Chicago gives back in 2016

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Making a meaningful difference in our community is one of JLL Chicago’s top priorities. In 2016, we came together as a team and chose to focus our charitable engagement around three incredibly important organizations: American Heart Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Misericordia.

Let’s look back at some of this year’s efforts, which resulted in nearly $50,000 in contributions to these invaluable groups.

American Heart Association

JLL community engagement - American Heart Association Heart Walk

JLL Chicago’s Heart Walk team

Through Managing Director Jesse Van Dyke, JLL Chicago has had a strong relationship with the American Heart Association for more than 15 years. In addition to representing the organization’s Midwest real estate needs, Jesse’s connection is extremely personal.… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 3: Consider coworking

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One of the Chicago tech scene’s biggest challenges has been competing with the coastal cities for venture capital funding. Local Investors place a stronger emphasis on business fundamentals and startups have to stretch their resources to thrive.

The increasing office rents in tech-favorable submarkets driven by the industry’s appetite for creative office space mean tech firms in Chicago must be more efficient with the investment capital. Here’s why coworking could be the answer.

Welcome to the sharing economy

Consider coworking

The notion of sharing is catching on globally. From sharing major life snapshots on Instagram to daily updates on Twitter, sharing was bound to infiltrate the workplace. Across several sectors, the sharing economy is transforming how people view the ownership and leasing of spaces and services.… Read More

American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope 2016: First Bite

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Hungry Chicagoans will flock to Venue One in the West Loop tomorrow evening for the third annual Taste of Hope, the American Cancer Society’s premier foodie event in Chicago that has raised more than $500,000 over the past three years. We caught up with JLL Senior Managing Director Jeff Liljeberg, event co-chair, and some restaurant participants for a taste of tomorrow’s menu.

Event Co-Chair – JLL’s Jeff Liljeberg

Taste of Hope 2016

Mike Yazbec, Jeff Liljeberg, Carrie Ward and Mark Johnson at last year’s Taste of Hope. Photo credit: Matt Kosterman Photography

How did Taste of Hope get started and what does it mean to you?

I have been on the Chicago board of the American Cancer Society for close to 20 years and the fight against cancer is very important to me. Family and friends have been impacted. This event was conceived four years ago and intended to be our board’s own signature event. We’ve taken ownership of the process and are so proud to see how it has grown.… Read More