Category Archives: Suburbs

Q2 2018 Office Insight: Millennials driving major moves and redevelopments

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Across submarkets, Millennials fueled the commercial office market’s robust performance in the second quarter.

As global companies continue to change the complexion of their workforce in favor of digital natives, Millennials are having an increasingly outsized influence on major expansions and headquarters relocations. In 2018 alone, international companies including Rio Tinto, Showpad and iam bank have expanded their Chicago-based North American headquarters. The reason? Illinois is the second-largest producer of computer science graduates in the country.

With Illinois graduates accounting for nearly 10 percent of U.S. computer science degrees last year but only modest tech wage growth locally, Bay Area tech firms and legacy employers alike are seeing Chicago as a necessary outpost, especially for highly technical positions. Most recently, that prompted Walgreens’ to plant its flag at the Old Post Office, establishing a 200,000-square-foot digital hub.

This war for talent has definitely made its way into the development pipeline, with 6.6 million square feet underway. While incremental vacancy increases are likely at this point in the cycle, we’re still seeing rent growth, strong absorption numbers and stable concessions.… Read More

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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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 Fashion Outlets of Chicago appears to be flagging, JLL Research attributes that to lack of concentrated Class A buildings surrounding the retail center and the size of nearby O’Hare airport.

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Where to snag Class A space at a $20 PSF discount

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Just in time for summer, we’re here with an office space discount you have to see to believe. In the last five years, the gap between top-tier downtown and suburban space has dramatically widened, creating interesting opportunities for occupiers looking for luxury.

Since 2012, Class A rents have increased just 3.2 percent in the suburbs, compared with more than 21.5 percent downtown. For even the smallest tenants, this represents six-figure savings that could be reallocated to other business priorities, from talent retention to technology upgrades.… Read More

Top 10: Finding quality labor during a workforce shortage

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At a recent NAIOP Chicago event, the topic wasn’t real estate; it was labor. February saw the highest monthly level of job creation since mid-2016 and unemployment sits at just 4.1 percent as skilled talent becomes increasingly difficult to recruit and retain.

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JLL’s Meredith O’Connor and Keith Stauber

“Job growth continues rapidly even with talent shortages and employment occurring faster than the labor force can expand,” said JLL Managing Director Keith Stauber, moderator. “These trends also mirror consumer confidence, which has been at its highest levels since 2000.”

Greater competition for labor has pushed occupiers to look at long-term workforce productivity and sustainability (including metrics like net migration and population growth) rather than short term affordability.

The NAIOP panel of experts featured JLL International Director Meredith O’Connor, Co-Chairman of JLL’s Headquarters Practice Group and a Business and Economic Incentives lead. Her top 10 takeaways:… Read More

Can the market stump JLL Chicago’s industrial experts?

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Welcome to Episode 14 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In our one-year anniversary episode, the team fields questions from our valued listeners. The industrial market tried to stump our experts, but were they successful? Listen for a surprise special guest and our hosts’ answers to questions including:

  • What is the definition of infill?
  • What are you seeing in I-55 as far as demand versus current supply?
  • Is commercial property beginning to respond to changes in interest rates and values?
  • If you could put $100 million to work, which submarket would you pick and why?
  • What’s driving the uptick in leasing of 350,000 to 500,000-square-foot properties?

Thank you to all of our guests and listeners for a fantastic first season. It’s been a pleasure sharing our insight on one of the most exciting and active industrial markets in the country. We continue to learn so much from collaborating with all of you. Season Two is going to clear new heights!

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

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Q1 2018 Office Insight: A tale of two markets

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Q1 2018 stats for the Downtown Chicago office market

Two roads are diverging in Chicago, as evidenced by first quarter’s mind-boggling 35.2 percent spread between Class A and Class B asking rents downtown. While the triennial property tax assessment pushed landlords of choice properties to raise rents to record highs, they’re controlling the sticker shock with substantial concession packages.

Tenant improvement allowances are up by an average of 33 percent in the CBD over the past five years, something “that’s really moving the needle for tenant decision,” JLL Managing Director of Research Christian Beaudoin recently told Crain’s Chicago Business.

Construction costs rose 3 percent last year, there’s more than 7 million square feet of product under construction and landlords are competing aggressively to land tenants. These factors are fueling tenant demand for TI dollars, which will be applied toward building out creative, highly amenitized spaces in configurations ranging from traditional to progressive (like GGP at River North Point).

While financial services and law firms are shedding excess second generation Class A space, those vacancies continue to be offset by suburban relocations (including McGraw-Hill and AdTalem Education), particularly to the West Loop. Leasing activity has already reached more than 45 percent of last year’s total volume, a roaring start to the year bolstered by the urban migration trend.… Read More

Chicago industrial sees recommitments and really big portfolio sales in Q1

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Welcome to Episode 13.5 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In this episode, the team previews the Chicago market’s first quarter industrial statistics, breaking down everything from vacancy and absorption to investment sales and construction deliveries. The highlights:

  • Existing occupiers like Home Depot, Clorox, RJW and Uline are expanding around the market
  • Blackstone and High Street grow their holdings through portfolio acquisitions.
  • Mid-range leasing velocity is robust, with 21 new leases between 100,000 and 500,000 square feet in the first quarter
  • Take notice of the two business park developments near O’Hare, a trend more typical of suburban greenfield markets

Keep your eyes peeled for a detailed submarket report in the coming weeks!

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

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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

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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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

Two million-square-footers in I-80?!

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Welcome to Episode 8.5 of Real Time, JLL Chicago’s industrial podcast. In this episode, the team previews the Chicago market’s third quarter industrial statistics, breaking down everything from vacancy and absorption to investment sales and intermodal traffic. The highlights:

  • Vacancy’s up, but the good news is it’s due to spec deliveries
  • Two million-square-footers going up in I-80 – that’s never happened before!
  • A million-square-foot deal remains elusive this year, but things are ramping up post summer slowdown
  • Intermodal traffic is up, which is a positive sign for big box demand

Keep your eyes peeled for a detailed submarket report in the coming weeks!

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

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Full Q3 2017 Research report here.

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Attaining Triple Aim: How healthcare can leverage real estate

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In today’s capital-constrained environment with shrinking reimbursements from insurance companies, health systems are rethinking their business models by rethinking their real estate footprint.

“Bold, sweeping changes are a mandate for today’s health systems,” said JLL Senior Managing Director Greg Gerber. “Especially in competitive markets with numerous high quality systems vying for market share and operating at a high complexity level.”

Created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2008 as a roadmap toward value-based care, the “Triple Aim” has three mandates: improving patient experience, improving health of populations and reducing per capita cost of care. We explored the challenges, opportunities and surprising role real estate plays in each area with our Healthcare Practice Group.

Improving patient experience

In an outcomes-driven, performance-based reimbursement model, patient experience is critical and convenience is key. Locating facilities “closer to home” for patients is a surefire way hospitals can expand patient access and optimize their real estate footprint, reinvesting the savings in their core services.

“On the hospital campus, you’re talking about high-cost acute care. By taking healthcare into the community, you are reducing costs and making it easier for patients to stay proactive and healthy,” said Senior Vice President Sarah Cogswell.… Read More

Budget backlash for Illinois industrial? Nope…

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Welcome to Episode 6 of JLL Chicago Industrial – Real Time, our Industrial Research podcast. In this episode:

  • Sure, taxes are up, but there are more positives than we think
  • Illinois isn’t the only state grappling with significant long-term obligations
  • Investors can’t ignore Chicago’s universal truths as the nation’s transportation hub, second-largest industrial market by square footage and largest inland port

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

Featuring: Research and economics pro Christian Beaudoin

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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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Industrial Podcast: Chicago’s changing industrial real estate landscape

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Welcome to Episode 4 of JLL Chicago Industrial – Real Time, our Industrial Research podcast hosted by George Cutro and Chad Buch. In this “live” episode, the team is on the scene at JLL Chicago Industrial‘s client event, “The Changing Landscape of Chicago Industrial Real Estate.” They sat down with JLL’s Trevor Ragsdale, Kris Bjorson, John Picchiotti, Ben Bischmann and Debra Bonebrake for candid conversations on top trends, market outlooks and the latest JLL Industrial news.


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Our expert industrial panel: Keith Stauber, Matt Powers, George Cutro, John Picchiotti, John Huguenard and Trevor Ragsdale

The theme of this “Pardon the Interruption”-style panel, inspired by the famous show, was the future. On the heels of 23 consecutive quarters of positive net absorption, the Chicago industrial market is thriving and evolving. Some top takeaways:… Read More

Industrial Podcast: When did construction season become year-round?

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Welcome to Episode 3 of JLL Chicago Industrial – Real Time, our Industrial Research podcast hosted by George Cutro and Chad Buch. In this episode, the team interviews Rick Steger, JLL Managing Director and national Industrial Project Management lead, about his construction outlook. Spoiler alert, the pipeline is strong and manufacturing is making a comeback. Listen to the end to hear our hosts’ hard-hitting “speed round” and a preview of this week’s client event.

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