Category Archives: Downtown

Cracking the code: Find your tech talent in Chicago

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Looking to snag a computer programmer on sale? Chicago should be your startup’s tried and true market of choice, given its status as the rare, affordable, large urban market.

“Competition for tech talent, as well as good play-and-play tech spaces, is fierce,” said Jesse Van Dyke, Managing Director and co-lead of JLL Chicago’s Technology Practice Group.

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Concentration of employees working in the computer field

The market’s tech ecosystem can be the best indicator of potential job growth and industry stability. Consider planting your tech flag in Chicago, a great location at a great price:… Read More

The Illinois Budget Challenge: Your questions, answered

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Yesterday in Springfield, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to override a veto by Governor Bruce Rauner and to pass a budget that includes spending reductions and state income tax increases. This measure gives the State of Illinois its first formal budget in three years.

The good news

Passage of this budget provides some level of certainty for the companies and individuals that have been delaying decisions based on the state’s spending and taxation proposals. It also provides rating agencies with a better understanding of the state’s plan for meeting its financial obligations.

The tax news

Effective July 1, 2017, individual income taxes will rise from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. Corporate income tax rates will increase from 5.25 percent to 7 percent. These increases represent a 33 percent jump in personal and corporate income taxes for Illinois residents and companies.

What will happen to the commercial real estate market in this new environment?

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Chicago Property Tax Update: What you need to know

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On June 13, 2017 the 2016 property tax rates, calculated by the Cook County Clerk’s office, were released. This is the final step in the tax process before bills are mailed. The average City of Chicago residential taxpayer should expect to see a roughly 10 percent increase in their property tax bill and commercial property owners (or their tenants) should expect an increase of approximately 9.3 percent in their property taxes.

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1. Average composite tax rates are shown. Actual tax rates may vary. 2. Tax bills based on an average commercial property with a market value of $270,000. Actual tax bills will vary. Source: Cook County Clerk David Orr. Memo dated June 13, 2017.

Tenant implications

While this tax increase was not unexpected, commercial property owners and tenants should be prepared for the implications on their expenses this billing cycle.… Read More

Evolution of the Legal Workplace

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DLA Piper’s David Mendelsohn, Managing Partner, has a message for all the law firms out there looking to revamp their space: “Do not hold back. Be as creative and bold as your firm’s culture allows you to be.”

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DLA Piper’s David Mendelsohn said if you want employees to be productive, it’s about starting with clear objectives, knowing what you want to accomplish and then staying committed to those objectives every step of the way.

While the traditional office sector has been at it for years, law firms are beginning to see the value in modernizing their space to stay competitive and attract top talent. With the help of JLL’s Law Firm Practice Group, DLA Piper did just that.

Earlier this year, DLA left its home of nearly 30 years, 203 N. LaSalle, and made its way to River Point, the gleaming 52-story office tower perched at 444 W. Lake overlooking the Chicago River. The move symbolized the global law firm’s commitment to focusing on its people and creating a productive work environment.

So how can other firms like DLA use their real estate to engage and retain employees and remain competitive?

JLL dove into this discussion recently inside DLA’s brand new office and in front of an audience of nearly 100 of Chicago’s law firm leaders.… Read More

CTA’s L turns 125: Where to eat local and celebrate

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This week marks 125 years of service for the L, Chicago’s iconic elevated railway that began running in 1892. To mark the occasion, we chatted with Lauren Smith, Senior Analyst on JLL’s Public Institutions team, about her team’s retail leasing work with the Chicago Transit Authority and the best places to pick up a snack along the transit system.

JLL’s Public Institutions team has worked with the CTA since 2008, providing a wide range of real estate services, including managing the CTA’s retail leasing program. Recently, the CTA has seen a welcome uptick in interest from hyperlocal retailers that are making significant investments into their CTA spaces and adding variety to the retail program.

“The retail environment of the CTA is nothing like traditional neighborhood retail. Much of the customer base consist of commuters quickly passing through,” Smith says. “A lot of people are looking to grab a quick cup of coffee or a bite to eat on the way, though we are seeing more sit-down restaurants and cafés come into the program.”

Since the transit retail environment is so unique, with spaces ranging from smaller subway kiosks to larger street-level storefronts and some stations see more than 3 million annual riders (7 million at the Lake Red Line station), rents for CTA retail spaces have a wide range and typically diverge from the surrounding retail market.

Some of the latest delicious additions to CTA’s retail spaces:… Read More

Chicago’s pledge to honor the Paris Agreement and fight climate change

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Today Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order committing the city to the Paris Agreement sustainability guidelines. This builds upon Chicago’s bold pledge to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in city buildings by 2025, marking a major leap forward from the largest city to set such an ambitious goal.

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“It’s a significant statement for a city like Chicago to commit to power all city properties with renewable energy,” says Christian Beaudoin, JLL’s Director of Research in the U.S. “Municipalities are moving in this direction and, at some point in the not-too-distant future, this will be standard for cities across the country.”

How will we pull it off? … Read More

Chicago’s top 5 shopping districts

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Chicago's top 5 shopping districts

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” –Bo Derek

Whoever said that simply didn’t know about prime urban corridors. These nationally recognized shopping districts, both existing and emerging, are propelling brick and mortar retail into the 21st century, featuring high-tech homages to the brands we love and those we’re just getting to know.

Chicago’s top 5 retail corridors cater to a broad audience of tourists and locals, some placing a premium on luxury while others prioritize value and convenience. Just in time for ICSC RECon, we chatted with top JLL Chicago Retail brokers about each corridor’s inner workings.… Read More

Chicago office market thriving despite budget impasse

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Authors: David Barnett, Research Analyst, and Hailey Harrington, Research Manager

budget impasseThe downtown Chicago office market recorded record-high rents and vacancies at or near all-time lows in 2016. The city is a robust tech hub, bolstered by an extensive transportation network and proximity to one of the busiest airports in the world—connecting Chicago with other U.S. and foreign markets. Unemployment continues to diminish as graduates from nearby top-tier universities enter the local workforce in a diversified economy. Despite this economic growth, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois continue to grapple with the budget crisis.… Read More

Industrial Research podcast: Q1 2017 stats preview

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Welcome to Episode 2 of JLL Chicago Industrial – Real Time, our Industrial Research podcast hosted by George Cutro and Chad Buch. In this episode, the team previews the Chicago market’s first quarter industrial statistics, breaking down everything from vacancy and absorption to construction costs and investment sales. Keep your eyes peeled for a detailed submarket report in the coming weeks!

Listen to the podcast with the player above or CLICK HERE.… Read More

JLL Chicago launches Industrial Research podcast

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Welcome to JLL Chicago Industrial – Real Time, our new Industrial Research podcast hosted by George Cutro and Chad Buch. In our first episode, the team discusses cold storage, the Chiquita Banana deal and dark horse submarkets for 2017. Enjoy and stay tuned for regular market trends, hot topics, deal coverage and more!

Listen to the podcast with the player above or CLICK HERE.… Read More

Everybody gets a roof deck: Fulton Market goes from Oprah to office mecca

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We’ve all seen it before. The meatpacking plant becomes the pioneering coffee shop becomes the hippest new neighborhood on the fringe. With 54 percent of the world’s population now living in urban areas and one million more moving to cities each week, the demand is there for these once-neglected submarkets to become cities’ greatest assets. For a prime local example, look no further than Fulton Market.

Fulton Market

Unlike the sleepy, 9-to-5 CBD and over-saturated River North and West Loop submarkets, Fulton Market offers off-the-beaten-path edge just minutes from downtown and is beginning to host an ever-widening array of uses. How did it all start? As one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.”… Read More

JLL wins big at 29th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

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Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

JLL Chicago took home six awards, the most of any company, yesterday at the 29th Annual Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Awards. The evening brought together nearly 2,000 of Chicago’s top commercial real estate professionals to celebrate this past year’s outstanding achievements across the industry.

As one of the industry’s most high-profile and longstanding awards program, the evening raises more than $1 million to provide more than 3.84 million meals for hungry Chicago area residents.

“To receive this recognition from our commercial real estate peer group is an honor and a reflection of JLL’s industry leadership and our best-in-class Chicago team,” said Dan Ryan, our Central Region Market Director. “To be involved with the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s important work in our local community makes this even more meaningful for all of us at JLL.”

JLL Chicago’s 2016 award recipients include:… Read More

Project Profile: mHUB

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mHUB

JLL was on the scene last week for the grand opening of mHUB and as you can see, sparks were flying. Chicago’s first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing, mHUB is a collaboration among Chicago’s leaders in business, innovation and research.

“Developing and manufacturing physical products is a capital intensive process and involves a steep learning curve,” said Haven Allen, mHUB co-founder and executive director. “Our industry partners will help fund crucial physical assets for mHUB that our early-stage innovators need to improve their odds of getting to market faster.”

Take a look at mHUB’s story below, where our Tenant Representation and Project and Development Services teams partnered to deliver manufacturing’s future:… Read More

Chicago 2025: Dynamic Expansion

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JLL’s Bruce Miller; GLP’s Paul Loosmann; Magellan’s David Carlins; JLL’s Dan Ryan, Ryan Severino and Meredith O’Connor; Oxford Capital Group’s John Rutledge; and The John Buck Company’s Dirk Degenaars at Chicago 2025: Dynamic Expansion.

Hundreds of industry leaders joined JLL Chicago last week to discuss Chicago 2025 and the city’s dynamic expansion. With 4,300 new hotel rooms planned, the lowest office vacancy in 16 years (10 percent), 4 million square feet of speculative industrial construction in the pipeline and 3 million square feet of office space headed to market, the next decade is going to be one for the books.

JLL Chief Economist Ryan Severino kicked things off with a broad-based market outlook, factoring in challenges of the past year from Brexit to an unexpected election result. Despite entering a 2017 filled with elevated policy uncertainty, the Chicago market’s universal truths are bolstering its investment appeal. Chicago’s still the third-largest metro economy in the U.S., with above average annual gross metro product growth and a diverse economy where no single industry comprises more than 20 percent of total employment. Going forward, our unusually high percentage of adults with undergraduate or graduate degrees will be of paramount importance in building on this economic momentum.

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JLL’s Chicago 2025 gallery wall, featuring the market’s hottest projects.

We’re definitely living in interesting times, agreed JLL International Director and panel moderator Bruce Miller. … Read More

Illinois is betting on proposed budget package

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Author: David Barnett, Research Analyst

Illinois casino

The Illinois General Assembly is back in session today to discuss Senate Bill 7, which would expand gambling in the state by permitting casinos to be built in Chicago, Danville, Rockford, Lake County, Cook County and Williamson County.

What’s the scope?

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Chicago 2025 market insights from JLL experts

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This week JLL Chicago will convene commercial real estate investors, clients and leading experts from throughout the city for Chicago 2025, our annual forecast. We sat down with JLL pros across asset classes ahead of the event for a preview of their sector-specific outlooks.

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10 Top Ten Lists – 2016

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With David Letterman off the air, JLL Chicago Research is here to fill your Top Ten void. Consider this your crash course for 2016, a year-in-review of Chicago’s best moments, focused on commercial real estate, workplace, market trends and pop culture.

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Downtown Chicago Building Matrix: Your guide to cost vs. class

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Chicago’s office market has traditionally been dominated by trophy towers and high-rise construction. While there is plenty of demand for trophy space fueling the current development activity (4.3 million square feet), those buildings are not meant for every tenant. Some companies are more attracted to loft spaces, creative offices or repositioned assets. To help in the tenant analysis, JLL Research has created the Downtown Chicago Building Matrix – Cost vs. Class with examples in each quadrant:downtown Chicago buildingRead More

Retail Series Part 3: Getting to know Jim Harris

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Jim Harris has the opportunity to help shape a cultural icon. Senior General Manager, Retail at Navy Pier, he is part of a team that’s completely reimagining the 100-year-old historic landmark. “We don’t want to create a boardwalk atmosphere, we want to be a place where people come and interact with the landscape of the City of Chicago,” Jim says.

JLL won Navy Pier’s accounting contract in 2012, retail management in April 2015 and just won specialty leasing and brand activations. Jim came on for the first day of the management assignment and didn’t want to leave. What other property could make him the primary contact for seven boats and in close touch with Chicago’s top restauranteurs? It’s a different world than managing a mall.

Jim Harris

This holiday season: Navy Pier retailers do 75 percent of their sales between April and September, which means this time of year provides an opportunity for creative thinking. With highly attended events like upcoming “The Voice” auditions in January and the Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March, we’re giving the off-season a traffic boost ahead of a major retail transformation.… Read More

Retail Series Part 2: Touring Chicago’s flagships

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Author: Ryan Emerick

Chicago retail flagshipsIf you were to walk Michigan Avenue—Chicago’s Magnificent Mile—you would notice the unique stores that line the busy street. In comparison to most retail spaces, the stores on Michigan Avenue seem to be bigger, brighter and fancier, with lavish window displays, iconic architecture, cutting-edge technology and specialty restaurants.

“The flagship store is an entirely different experience compared to a mall or store in the suburbs,” says James Cook, JLL Americas Director of Research, Retail. The term “flagship” refers to the lead ship in a fleet. Often set in a prime urban location like the Magnificent Mile, a flagship store is considered to be the leader in its fleet of stores—a showcase of the very best the brand has to offer.

JLL Retail Research recently analyzed the features of 145 flagship stores across four U.S. markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. They identified specific characteristics that set flagship stores apart from fleet stores and differences between flagship stores across retail categories: luxury and luxury lite, high to middle priced, low priced and discount and other.

I toured six Chicago flagship stores—Restoration Hardware, Uniqlo, Ralph Lauren, AT&T, Burberry and Under Armour—to determine if there were marked differences in flagship stores of different cities. More specifically, to find out: what sets the Chicago flagship stores apart from those in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco?

Restoration Hardware – 1300 N. Dearborn Pkwy

Chicago retail flagships

As I climbed out of the taxi I thought the driver took me to the wrong address. Stately mansions lined the quiet, leafy street populated by schoolchildren and elderly couples with dogs. Compared to its neighbors the only conspicuous feature of the Restoration Hardware flagship store was the two valet attendants out front. Otherwise, the store could pass for a home.… Read More