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How Rogers Behavioral Health serves thousands around the country

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Rogers Behavioral Health was founded more than 110 years ago by Dr. Arthur Rogers, a mental health pioneer committed to providing quality healthcare for those suffering from mental illness. One of the country’s largest independent behavioral health systems today, Rogers has expanded nationally beyond its main hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, now annually serving more than 16,000 adults, teens and children across the system. With an eye on pursuing more strategic, data-driven expansion, Rogers connected with our team in summer 2017.

Click below for our Project Profile on Rogers Behavioral Health, an organization that provides thousands of people a place to turn when struggling with mental illness or addiction.

Rogers Behavioral Health

Armed with our proprietary portfolio analytics tool, demographic data and a firm grasp of their business, we caught Rogers’ attention and began building a relationship as the health system’s single source of real estate expertise.
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Getting to know Meredith O’Connor

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Thanks to her innate talent, drive and uncompromising work ethic, Meredith O’Connor is without equal in the city. Her secret superpower? She’s a connector. By building relationships with likeminded and equally motivated individuals, no matter their career or industry specialization, she’s built a business to be reckoned with and lifelong friends along the way.

A key player in helping corporations uncover often overlooked business and economic incentives, Meredith’s work continues to change skylines and bolster economies across the country. Let’s take a look at how it all began.

Meredith O'Connor

Meredith and her family of seven

Career beginnings

Government was the perfect start for Meredith, doing great things for the city she grew up in and loves. After she got her MBA, she was promoted from sergeant at arms in the City Council into the Planning Department. Under the inspiring leadership of Mayor Daley and in partnership with a team passionate about economic development, she jump-started her career working on exciting projects from the ’96 Democratic National Convention to the 2016 Olympic bid.… Read More

How to boost rent by $7 p.s.f. and improve your golf swing

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Just six months after acquiring the 1970s-style Class B property at 222 South Riverside Plaza in 2014, ownership kicked off a transformational renovation with the close involvement of JLL’s agency leasing, project management and property management teams. The project has already experienced tremendous success and is poised to add value to ownership’s investment long after its 2017 completion.

Click below for our Project Profile on 222 South Riverside Plaza. The West Loop tower’s $50 million renovation was featured in the Chicago Tribune and continues to make a major impact on tenant renewals and rental rates.

222 South Riverside Plaza

In a strategic re-use of formerly obsolete space, the team chose the back of the lobby for the new tenant lounge, as the former ground-level retail was not a desirable location for a tenant. The multi-disciplinary JLL team played an integral role in shaping plans and facilitating efficient, clear communication around the specs and schedule of construction.… Read More

American Academy of Pediatrics’ new headquarters of the future

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Since the American Academy of Pediatrics’ headquarters opened more than 30 years ago, the organization has experienced unprecedented growth. Membership has grown by more than 250 percent to 66,000 members, and total staff has increased from 125 to 455 people. AAP tapped JLL in early 2014 to craft a strategic real estate plan for its new “headquarters of the future.”

Click below for our Project Profile on AAP,  an organization committed to the optimal physical, mental and social health and wellbeing for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

American Academy of Pediatrics

We explored expansion and restacking AAP’s existing Elk Grove Village building, purchase of a new building and a ground-up build-to-suit. After touring downtown and suburban sites, it became clear that a build-to-suit was the best choice for AAP’s unique needs. Hamilton Lakes Business Park in Itasca offered proximity to AAP’s valued employee base and future expandability.

As owner’s rep, we facilitated the acquisition of the land site, due diligence and entitlements, as well as the hiring of all project partners. The team worked through the approval process with the Village of Itasca regarding site layouts and engineering, traffic impact and local intersection improvements to help traffic flow.… Read More

Inside Chicago’s $80 billion manufacturing industry

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Welcome to Episode 13 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In the second half of this two-part episode, the team chats with mHUB CEO Haven Allen about Chicago’s local manufacturing ecosystem. With 14,000 establishments already employing more than 400,000 people, there’s opportunity everywhere. We explore how mHUB and its partners are:

  • Building a community of manufacturing innovation talent
  • Providing those people with opportunities to grow their ideas with local resources
  • Creating the conditions for product innovators to survive and thrive in this industrial revolution
  • Sparking industry collaboration that accelerates the introduction of sustainable new product businesses

Hosted by: Industrial market research experts George Cutro and Chad Buch


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mHUB CEO Haven Allen talks manufacturing innovation

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mHUB

Welcome to Episode 12 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In the first half of this two-part episode, the team learns more about mHUB, Chicago’s first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. As mHUB approaches its one-year anniversary celebration in March, CEO Haven Allen reflects on:

  • Creating mHUB to cement Chicago’s status as an advanced manufacturing hub
  • Finding mHUB’s home in River West
  • Attracting and developing talent for Industry 4.0
  • Early success stories, like Fixer

Hosted by: Industrial market research experts George Cutro and Chad Buch


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This is what happens when office space imitates art

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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.

Donna Mondi

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.

Knowing the Mondis’ interest in acquiring an income-producing, value-add property, we quickly facilitated the sale for $1.8 million (fortuitously closing the day of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win). Built in the 1890s, the West Town light- industrial building was a former furniture factory. Donna invested $350,000 to convert the first floor into her company’s new home. The second floor will soon become available for the first time in 20 years, allowing for additional income generation. The space is perfect for a creative tenant craving high ceilings, hardwood floors, original skylights and huge windows.

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This office will make you drop everything and move to the suburbs

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The suburban office market is changing in response to two notable trends. While many corporate users have vacated their longtime campuses for the allure of the live/work/play life downtown, others are recommitting to the suburbs and collaborating with creative landlords.

Click below for our Project Profile on Innovation Park, Lake County, where industry meets inspiration.

Innovation Park

When office park innovator BECO Management acquired the former Motorola Mobility campus in Libertyville in 2014, it fused both trends, creating an urban environment within a suburban landscape. After buying at a low basis and kicking off a large-scale redevelopment, the D.C.-based investor recently chose JLL to market Innovation Park, Lake County.

BECO built it, and we’re making sure they come. As dozens of brokers tour the property each month, the most common reaction is “I had no idea.” With services from meals to daycare and fitness to laundry, employees never have to leave. The productivity implications are profound. Nowhere else can your day include an on-site massage, team bonding in the game room and soaking up sun on the bike path. We’re telling a singular story, and two major tenants have already signed on: Valent Biosciences (98,000 s.f.) and Brightstar (65,000 s.f.).

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JLL’s Guide to Open House Chicago 2017

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Open House Chicago 2017

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 250 buildings across the city on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

JLL Chicago is proud to have eight 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!

AMA Plaza – 330 N. Wabash
General Manager: Susan Hammer

Open House Chicago 2017

How long have you worked at your property? How long have you worked in the industry?
I have been a property manager for more than three decades. I’ve spent the last 14 years at AMA Plaza.

Describe a “Day in the Life.”
Each day is different with new opportunities, including solving tenant needs, responding to client requests, financial reporting and accountability, overseeing major repair or capital projects, supervising service providers and creating a supportive and dynamic environment for members of the management team. We have a complex business and operational relationship with The Langham Chicago, housed on the first 13 floors of the building, and that has led to some interesting experiences. For example, several pop and rock bands stay there, and hundreds of people are suddenly waiting on the plaza for a sighting. We have had to sneak a couple of groups through the dock because of that.… Read More

Project Profile: Readerlink build-to-suit

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Print sales are hot, with the industry seeing its third straight year of sales growth in 2016. In fact, distribution networks require more sophistication than ever as booksellers strive to meet the immediate and highly specialized demands of their customer bases.

Click below for our Project Profile on Readerlink, the largest full-service distributor of hardcover, trade, and paperback books to nontrade channel booksellers in North America.

Readerlink

Identifying the Salt Lake City area as the consolidation of its Western U.S. distribution network, Readerlink tapped the JLL team to identify a hub facility. With nothing existing on the market, our Build to Suit Practice Group assembled a cross-functional team, from financing experts to project management pros, to assess the viability of a build-to-suit assuming a long-term lease and Readerlink’s credit.

Building a 500,000-square-foot 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 was critical.… Read More

Women’s History Month: Being bold for change at JLL

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Women’s History Month originated on March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed the first joint resolution to designate March as Women’s History Month. Leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8 and beyond, JLL Chicago came together to celebrate and speak out.… 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

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

Getting to know Steven Spinell

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A lifetime committed to becoming a professional hockey player taught Steven Spinell the value of hard work, time management and teamwork. Coming from a real estate family opened his eyes to the endless opportunities for success in the industry.

After bonding with fellow Miami of Ohio alum Ben Erskine on JLL’s Suburban Tenant Representation team, Steven joined as Associate in 2016, focusing on companies in the North Market as well as national business development for JLL’s Build to Suit Practice Group. “It’s unbelievable how much detail goes into the build-to-suit process. Through years of experience and high-profile projects, John Musgjerd and Ben Erskine have mastered all the moving parts,” said Spinell.

Steven Spinell

Typical day: I’ve transitioned from a team support role to being the boots-on-the-ground guy. I focus on business development, primarily in the North Market under Dan McCarthy‘s guidance, as well as pursuing build-to-suit opportunities for our practice group. You’ll find me on the phones prospecting, working on financial analyses and providing transaction support.

The 411 on JLL’s Build to Suit Practice Group: Build-to-suit projects are tremendously risky and complex.… Read 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

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 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