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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

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

Did Chicago office vacancy predict a Cubs postseason appearance?

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With the World Series kicking off this evening, take a look at JLL Research’s side-by-side comparison of Chicago v. Cleveland in baseball and commercial real estate. The Cubs’ win percentage and Chicago’s five-year rent growth are telling the same “Fly the W” story.

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Still don’t believe us? JLL Research has also uncovered a direct correlation between the strength of the Downtown Chicago office leasing market and the performance of the Chicago Cubs.… Read More

Open House Chicago 2016 – JLL looks back

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JLL buildings under management and JLL employees had a blast participating in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, which offered the public behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across the city. Here’s a look back at some of our favorite social moments!

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JLL’s Guide to Open House Chicago 2016

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Open House Chicago 2016

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

JLL Chicago is proud to have four 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!

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JLL Celebrates Earth Day 2016

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The built environment accounts for about 40 percent of global energy consumption and around a third of the world’s carbon emissions, which means the real estate industry can play a significant role in reducing climate change impact.

In the last year alone, JLL signed the Caring for Climate declaration, pledged emissions reductions to the NAZCA and attended COP21 in Paris to show our support for a strong international climate agreement. To continue this momentum, the firm celebrated Earth Day last week and JLLers from around the world took part in related activities.

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In Chicago, sustainability is an integral part of JLL’s corporate headquarters renovation at Aon Center. A prime example is our LED lighting and sensor control system that automatically dims the lights for a 40 percent reduction in energy, while also providing plenty of light for work. Lights come on when employees arrive and dim when they go home. Whether dark or light, we’re always thinking green.

Check out some of our #JLLEarthDay social media highlights!… Read More

JLL’s Guide to Open House Chicago 2015

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

JLL Chicago is proud to have five of its buildings under management participating in this free public festival. Enjoy this handy guide to our buildings and get to know each property’s general manager along the way. Hope to see you there!… Read More

JLL supports the Chicago Blackhawks: Part 2

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The JLL Chicago team is still in shock, reliving the final seconds of our iconic Stanley Cup win last week.

Check out this footage from JLL’s Steve Stratton, who was there to capture history.… Read More