Donna Mondi had a vision for her 16-year-old interior design firm—a new office and showroom that would bring her team under one roof and reflect their design sensibilities and expert capabilities. Her unexpected inspiration? The industrial chic office set from The Intern, a 2015 comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.
Enter JLL. “I know that property,” said Christine Bower, Vice President on JLL’s Tenant Representation team.
Click below for our Project Profile on Donna Mondi Interior Design, creator of spaces that are edgy yet sophisticated, modern yet classic, sexy, dynamic and most of all— unpredictable.
It wasn’t in River North, where Donna originally wanted to be, and there was no Starbucks in sight (a necessity for Donna and her team). We encouraged Donna and her husband Dominick Mondi, President of Mesirow Financial, to take a look. They took a tour and fell in love. It wasn’t the center of Fulton Market, but it checked every other box.
Donna Mondi is a true pioneer in this up-and-coming neighborhood, which is already appreciating. Thanks to Dayton Street Partners’ new development nearby at 1500 W. Carroll, new leases are closing at a record $34-per-square-foot gross, only strengthening her investment. And the coffee issue? Solved with the addition of Limitless Coffee & Tea, founded by Matt Matros of Protein Bar and newly opened across the street.
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