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Return of the Schmooze
Chilly weather and a Bulls playoff game couldn't keep 400 top real estate pros away from Bisnow's epic Schmoozarama II  at Fulton's on the River  last night.
 
Fulton's on the River
From brokers to contractors and engineers to building owners, we had a great variety of folks and some good networking filling the downstairs of the riverwalk restaurant. Next time we promise warmer weather so we can make better use of the outdoor space.
 
Frank Santella, Arnie Tupuritis and John Becker
It was beers all around for Continental Placer's Frank Santella  and US Equities' Arnie Tupuritis and John Becker. John is doing program management for a new 1.2M SF, $700M  hospital project at the University of Chicago. Arnie just finished redeveloping the east retail space at Presidential Towers, which will house a new FFC fitness center and one of the city's many planned Walmarts. Both agree that Frank, who does due diligence, makes their jobs possible.
 
Bisnow Stooge JCHI
 
Tyler Webb, Sharon Mehalek, Katie Folkema and Mike Flanagan
Our new sponsor LifeStart Wellness Network  sent Tyler Webb,Sharon MehalekKatie Folkema, and Mike Flanagan  to tell schmoozers about their projects. They build out and manage gym spaces at office towers. They have 17  in the CBD right now, including the recently finished 2 N LaSalle, 2 S LaSalle, and 180 N LaSalle. They also provide health and fitness consulting and services to tenants.
Return of the Schmooze
Chicago Title's Ed Burton  and Cindy Malone have been working with Pircher Nichols & Meeks' David Pezza  for years. Their latest transaction together involved a 230k SF shopping center in Nebraska where an investor bought the note, foreclosed on it, and then financed the sale of the project. David's also looking forward to seeing the casino in  Des Plaines open in Q3. Pircher helped gather the land parcels for the casino site.
Return of the Schmooze
It seems like we see Servcorp's Angela Doehmel  and Kelsey Balk everywhere. They represent the individual office centers at 300 N LaSalle and 155 N Wacker, which are  90% and 75% leased. Angela says that's about in line with occupancy rates in the whole building. Thanks again for sponsoring!
Return of the Schmooze
The Missner Group's Glen Missner  and  Daniel Kawahara  got into the spirit of the schmooze. They're working on building a new specialized USDA facility for processing juice concentrates in Niles. They're also seeing a big pick up in demand for contractors, which means five-time Iron Man  finisher Glen will have to spend more time at the office.
 
Return of the Schmooze
Our gracious sponsors Reed Construction's Bill Birck and Michael Machat joined Bear Construction's Scott Kurinsky  for a quick chat before heading out to watch the Bulls. Reed is completing a full-floor build-out for Evraz  at the Aon Center, a space for ad agency Laughlin Constable at 200 S Michigan, and a new MRI Center at Rush University Medical Center. Scott says they're stealing all his work.
 
Return of the Schmooze

And finally, here's the man with the plan, Bisnow's Michael Farber. He's organized all of our Chicago events and has been a riot to work with over the last two years. Thanks for all your help and hope you won't untag this photo on Facebook.