Prairie Stone Origin Story
How did Conopco's Bill ?The Mustache? Conopeotis get a company intent on leaving the country's tallest building to stay in state? By offering Sears a good rate and gov't incentives to jump-start the 800-acre Prairie Stone development in Hoffman Estates in the early '90s. At yesterday's CORENET luncheon, Bill revealed that the mixed use center that now includes Cabela's, Marriott, the Sears Center Arena, and could soon get a 35-acre hotel and water park, started as a plan for a 10.5m-SF office park. More impressive: His accurate prediction of a Cubs win in yesterday's crosstown classic.
We snapped The Alter Group's Tom Silva, Bliss PR's Margy Sweeney, and Astek's Tom Lynch after the event. One of Margy's clients, Golub & Co., recently brought a new tenant to Chicago's second most famous building, placing Best Buy ground level at the Hancock Center. The gadget utopia brings a new anchor to the north end of the Mag Mile. (Now, if only it could open by Father's Day. Don't forget to call Dad!)