Category Archives: Office Leasing

Commuting in the suburbs: A SWOT analysis

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In a market as large as suburban Chicago, getting to work can be around the corner or a major undertaking. Our Research team recently completed a suburban SWOT analysis, determining the top three modes of transportation used to get to the office in each submarket. Roll over each submarket below for the details.

Strength: Public transit

Public transportation, from the L to the Metra, has been a boon to several… Read More

Culture commandments from Google, Paylocity, ABT and Andigo

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” –Peter Drucker

As the nature of work continues to change dramatically, the technology available to us, services we offer our employees and the spaces we create are evolving as well. A focus on experiences is driving the future of workplace culture, which was the topic of conversation last week at the Schaumburg Business Association’s Commercial Real Estate Summit – The Future of Work.

Our own Senior Vice President Mark Kolar and National Workplace Consulting lead Ed Nolan hosted a panel of workplace experts from both established and rapidly growing buzzworthy brands: Google HR Business Manager Jacky Schiestel; Paylocity VP of Human Resources Jay Schedler; ABT Electronics Co-President Mike Abt; and Andigo COO Jean Theis. Enjoy their culture commandments as inspiration to make bold changes in your own workplace.

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JLL’s Adam Pines and Mark Kolar; ABT’s Mike Abt; Andigo’s Jean Theis; Paylocity’s Jay Schedler; JLL’s Ed Nolan; SBA’s Kaili Harding; and Google’s Jacky Schiestel

Just say yes

ABT doesn’t have an employee manual, but for more than 80 years and three generations, the founding family has been instilling a culture of “yes.” Employees quickly learn to take on any reasonable request from a customer, which infuses the store with positive energy and optimism.… Read More

NAFTA’s unexpected impact on Illinois

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Representatives from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. recently entered into the fourth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement. While interests are wide-ranging and competing, the major focus has been on “rules of origin,” which look at the location breakdown of where products are manufactured to determine trade statistics, procurement and preferential treatment.

As negotiations continue, the State of Illinois, its economy and its real estate could be affected in good, bad and surprising ways:

The singularity is near

NAFTA

While some argue that the U.S. has lost 350,000 manufacturing jobs since 1994 due to trade with Mexico, others note this decline started well before NAFTA began. Tracking employment against manufacturing output is the most telling, as we’re seeing a sharp increase in productivity, despite fewer jobs. The answer: Robots and automation are making U.S. manufacturing more efficient. It’s not “Westworld,” but maybe it’s not far off..

Illinois is increasingly exposed

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Headquarters quiz: Five clicks to your new crib

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Since 2008, downtown Chicago has attracted 88 suburban and 13 out-of-market companies, of which 32 have been headquarters relocations. If your company is thinking of making the move or you’re just curious about new neighborhoods, take this headquarters quiz and land on the best submarket for your team!

 

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Solar eclipse markets outperform national averages

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Chicago may not fall in the path of totality on Monday, but we’re still excited to witness this historic solar eclipse. In anticipation, we reviewed office vacancy rates and rent growth in “eclipse markets” and were impressed to see most markets outshining national averages.

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Dig into our latest Chicago market office stats here.

Why move your headquarters? Top CEOs speak out

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While corporate real estate strategies are definitely one-size-fits-one, headquarters relocations seem spurred by surprisingly similar reasons. We wouldn’t call this kind of groupthink a bad thing, rather a natural reaction to a global demographic shift. You can’t ignore more than one million people moving into cities every week.

We analyzed the corporate press releas es associated with Chicago’s 32 headquarters relocations since 2008, paying close attention to quotes from each CEO. These leaders have waxed philosophic, strategic, straight up practical and everything in between in their commentary, offering a glimpse into larger pushes for organizational change and innovation.

Our word cloud above sizes words based on how frequently they’ve been used by CEOs. Roll your mouse over each word to see a sample quote and we’ll dig into the top reasons for moving below.… Read More

The MTV Generation grows up: Generation X as CEO

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“A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself.” –Ferris Bueller

Generation X grew up unsupervised, independent and decidedly anti-establishment. This small, often overlooked cohort entered the corporate world with little fanfare but a wildly different attitude, shirking preconceived notions of work and traditional business dogmas.

Bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to Corporate America has been a major Gen X contribution, bolstered by fluency in technology, prioritization of work/life balance and a fierce pursuit of individuality. Now entering the leadership roles of the C-suite, this generation is the innovative force behind today’s workplace trends—especially their companies’ defining headquarters moves.… Read More

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 plug-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

Top 10: Stop hating Mondays, your happiness at work matters

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Human Experience

Yesterday our Suburban Tenant Representation team hosted a webinar exploring the Future of Work and how Human Experience plays a critical role in shaping a productive culture. In other words, it pays for your company to invest in your satisfaction.

“Understanding real estate’s financial and operational performance is now table stakes,” said JLL Managing Director Ed Nolan. “How people feel about work plays a key role in promoting engagement, empowerment and fulfillment at the office.”

In the midst of tenants’ intense focus on reducing gross rent and utilities costs there lies a missed opportunity to harness human capital.

“Even minor improvements in employee productivity and retention can spur double-digit savings in costs per square foot and strategically drive real estate decisions,” said JLL Managing Director Ben Erskine.

Our top 10 webinar takeaways, based on 18 months of JLL research:… 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

Retail therapy draws tenants to suburban Class A product

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Shopping on your lunch hour never gets old. Especially in the suburbs, where the live/work/play perks of urban density are in short supply. Suburban malls offer the opportunity to run errands during lunch, while also conveniently supporting a wide array of business amenities such as restaurants and event space for everyday meetings and larger corporate gatherings.

Across suburban Chicago, Class A office properties within a mile of a major mall are outperforming their competition in three out of four major suburban submarkets. While the area around Woodfield Mall appears to be flagging, JLL Research attributes that to Zurich’s relocation and expects occupancy to soon mirror the strength of its peers.

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Spotlight on Schaumburg: Strong and steady wins the race

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JLL’s Northwest Market leasing and research teams: Adam Pines, Christian Beaudoin, Mark Kolar and Jack Trager

Suburban Chicago office may be the tortoise, not the hare, from the old fable, but the market is steadily trending up with healthy fundamentals and tenant demand. More than 50 suburban business leaders joined JLL, the Schaumburg Business Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, along with additional sponsors Andigo, the Village of Schaumburg, CP Apparel and Guaranteed Rate, last week to discuss the local commercial real estate climate and the impact of economic conditions on the Northwest suburbs.… 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

JLL Celebrates Earth Day 2017

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Every year on April 22, we all get a little nudge to pause and celebrate Earth Day. Not only does the day serve as a reminder to consider our individual footprints, but it also encourages us to think about the environmental impact of our buildings and communities.

The built environment accounts for nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions annually in the United States, which means the real estate industry can play a significant role in reducing the impact of climate change. At JLL, we are committed to delivering sustainable solutions that improve energy and resource efficiency, as well as ensure safe, healthy and productive workplaces.

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, our Health Champions have partnered with Building a Better Tomorrow, our firm-wide sustainability program, to organize green and healthy activities with JLL offices across the United States. Take a look at our Earth Week social media highlights across JLL offices and managed buildings below!

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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

Introducing JLL’s Build to Suit Practice Group

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Building a distribution center in the middle of a brutal Salt Lake City winter is challenging enough. Making the entire process financially viable while shifting delivery and budget risk (including winter conditions) onto the developer and landlord is what JLL’s Build to Suit Practice Group does best.

Build to Suit Practice Group

The JLL Chicago team of John Musgjerd, Ben Erskine and Steven Spinell recently changed their name to clearly reflect what they do best: build-to-suits on behalf of their clients. After completing Zurich North America’s critically acclaimed Schaumburg headquarters, the team, along with partner Todd Schaefer, connected with book publisher and distributor Readerlink on an entirely different project—a new 500,000 square-foot industrial distribution center servicing the western U.S.… Read More