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We'd like to think our Thursday event was the Lollapalooza of networking, with 550 real estate pros flooding the Wintergarden at 311 S. Wacker for our first Chicago Schmoozarama. We hope you'll all be there for our Real Estate Summit Sept. 21.
CR| Daccord's David Ariola, Clayco's Cassandra Francis, Beitler Real Estate's Paul Beitler
Big news abounded as Beitler Real Estate mega developer Paul Beitler (right) told us he's working on plans to develop a building  on the one-acre site just north at 301 S. Wacker. He says the first person to get a building up on the site will earn a major “W” for commercial real estate. He'd like to hire Cassandra Francis (center) and her company Clayco for its experience in the high-rise contracting business. CR|Daccord's David Ariola  just merged Chicago Realty and Daccord to form his new company. Even though Paul and his companies have negotiated more than 7,000 leases, managed over 30M SF of space, and he's considered a legend of Chicago real estate, clearly he's closing his eyes in this pic because he's trying to soak up the excitement of reaching his ultimate goal: attending a Bisnow party.
.F. McKinney's Matthew Pistorio, Bisnow's Top Banana Mark Bisnow, J.F. McKinney's Mark Baby and Bisnow's Chief Awesomeness Officer Michael Farber.
J.F. McKinney helped us organize the event. Here's J.F's Matthew PistorioBisnow Top Banana Mark Bisnow, J.F.'s Mark Baby andBisnow Chief Awesomeness Officer Michael Farber. Mark Baby is the leasing agent for 311 S. Wacker, which is 93% occupied.
Plante & Moran's Jim Frens and Citizen Financial Group's Trish Kelley
We snapped Plante & Moran's Jim Frens and Citizen Financial Group's Trish Kelley near Pazzo's in the back of the Wintergarden. Jim's spending a lot of time working on historic  and  new market tax credits  at the accounting firm while Trish has consistently been lending about $150M  per quarter for the last two or three quarters on various commercial properties.
McGuire Woods' Paul Fisher, Bliss PR"s Lindsay Schober and Berj Alexian, Quarles & Brady's Ted Yi
McGuire Wood's Paul Fisher met up with an old colleague, Quarles & Brady's Ted Yi (right) and made some new friends with Bliss PR's Lindsay Schober and Berj Alexian. Paul and Ted met working at Rudnick and Wolfe, now a part of DLA Piper. Both are still practicing real estate law, currently mired in a flood of workouts. Ted says 2011 is going to be a big year for the office markets when employment picks up again.
SomerCor 504's Gabe Beukinga and David Frank
SomerCor 504's Gabe Beukinga and David Frank have been working on industrial financing with  Paine/Wetzel-ONCOR International, and Gabe says he just financed Chicago's hottest new restaurant, The Girl and The Goat, for Top Chef winner  Stephanie Izard and Boka Restaurant Group. But he still has a hard time getting a seat there.
Crowded Wintergarden
Here's Poseidon  watching over the great-looking crowd-—although we think Dionysus might have been a better choice. We met brokers from as far away as Akron, Ohio, who came out to meet and greet with colleagues and clients. Thanks to all who brought high-energy and  quality networking.