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Even commercial real estate is falling victim to “fake news” these days

Even commercial real estate is falling victim to “fake news” these days

  By Howard Ecker Since our most recent election, fake news is, well, all over the news. It seems that everyone has their own perception about what constitutes “fake news.” Sometimes, I think fake news is anything that we really don’t want to know about or goes against our core beliefs. No matter your definition, the phrase is, at best,…

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The bidding war: I’m ready to change the way we think about the real estate leasing business

The bidding war: I’m ready to change the way we think about the real estate leasing business

  By Howard Ecker I’d like to change the game. Change how tenants and how brokers think about the real estate leasing business. Actually, how the world thinks about the real estate leasing business. My plan? I’d like to propose a bidding process for potential clients, and then let the best person, combined with the best bid, win. Imagine being…

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Riverview Realty Partners Announces Lease Expansion With SmithBucklin Corp At AMA Plaza

Riverview Realty Partners announced today that ContextMedia, Inc. and SmithBucklin Corporation, have entered into lease agreements at AMA Plaza, 330 North Wabash, in downtown Chicago with an affiliate of Riverview. The lease with ContextMedia, Inc. provides for it to lease the entire 25th floor of AMA Plaza, consisting of 32,650 rentable square feet, to house its corporate headquarters and operations…

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Startup Culture Inspires Changes In Traditional Chicago Office Spaces

Chicago office spaces originally suited for law and accounting firms are being repurposed to attract tech startups and the firms who want to emulate that culture, says Howard Ecker, whose eponymous Chicago-based firm, founded 38 years ago, matches tenants to space. He described to Blue Sky some ways startup culture is impacting the local commercial office space scene. Below are…

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Step Into BDO USA’s Bright, Green, Collaborative Home

Ken Mooney, executive director of ops, shows us inside 330 N. Wabash, BDO USA’s Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–built, Gensler-designed space for traveling accountants. Hoteling BDO’s accountants are often on the road, so desk assignments shift depending on who’s around. Storage lockers allow employees to set up shop when they’re in, while touch-down work stations serve as a place to…

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Peppercorn Capital LLC Secures Sought After Lake Street Property

Peppercorn Capital LLC, a Chicago-based real estate investment and development company, recently purchased the Trainor Glass Company showroom on the corner of Lake Street and  Sangamon. The firm closed on a lease that includes three separate 5,000-square-foot-buildings located at 939 W. Lake Street for Chicago-based tenant, Minimal. The design company is moving from its current location of 1032 W. Fulton…

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Prime Group Realty Trust Announce Lease with SmithBucklin

Prime Group Realty Trust has announced that SmithBucklin Corp. has executed a lease agreement and will relocate its Chicago headquarters to 330 N. Wabash Ave. in January 2013. SmithBucklin is leasing approximately 111,081 rentable square feet in the building. The building was designed by architect Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1971. It was designated with landmark status by…

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