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January 7, 2010 
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353 N. Clark, a 1.2m-SF, 45-story skyscraper in River North opened to tenants on Oct 1, and yesterday we gave it a once-over with Mesirow Financial's Kate Garassino and JLL's David Hopwood.

JLL's David Hopwood Shows us his tenant ID

Four buildings opened in Chicago's CBD in '09, but Kate and David say amenities set 353 (developed by Mesirow; managed by JLL) apart. One of their faves: a tenant ID (David models it above) that's also a gym pass and debit card for the sundry shop or cafeteria. That gym, managed by FFC, offers laundry service and a street view of Dearborn and Hubbard. The in-building parking garage has car wash and oil-change services. (Saying someone lives at the office used to be a slight, but now it sounds better than home.)

Mesirow now occupies 16 floors at 353, in the same block it has been on for decades. The space consolidates the firm's former offices at 350 N. Clark and 321 N. Clark. The 4th floor reception area has views through floor-to-ceiling windows of the House of Blues and the plaza that unites the Westin, 321, and 353. The LEED-Gold building also includes a third-story roof-garden, which collects rainwater to irrigate other plantings on site.

Woolpert Inc, a privately held corporation that provides design, geospatial, and infrastructure management services to its clients, has hired UGL Equis to serve as Real Estate Portfolio Manager on an exclusive basis, representing the client’s office space in the US. UGL Equis' Lexis Livengood will manage the portfolio, with the help of Chris Wood and Bruce Hopple, from the Chicago HQ. Woolpert has 650 employees and 24 US locations.

DSI's Steve Callen, OFS Brands' Dennie Long, Interior Investments' Robert King at CoreNet Chicago's Holi-done party

CoreNet Chicago hosted its Holi-done party last night to finish off the booze left over from 2009. DSI's Steve Callen, OFS Brands' Dennie Long, Interior Investments' Robert King, and Interior Architects' R.J.  Brennan were on hand at the Dana Hotel's Vertigo lounge, complete with outdoor ice bar. Steve's company just finished a 35k-SF interior build-out for BCD Travel at 500 W. Madison. The space included the latest in video technology (which we assume means James Cameron had something to do with it). MB Real Estate manages the building.

Eppstein Uhen Architects' Tom Stacey and Becknell Development's Brian Hayes

Eppstein Uhen Architects' Tom Stacey and Becknell Development's Brian Hayes rung in 2010 with new projects: Tom is working with new small company incubators that are receiving gov't grants in Whitewater and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, and hoping to expand that business into Illinois. Brian just joined Becknell in October and has already done a deal for a Kraft warehouse in Phoenix. We were going to make a joke about our favorite Kraft product, but it would've just been cheesy. Nay, Cheez Whizzy.

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