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Steppenwolf Theatre Co. broke ground last week on the next phase of its multiyear expansion at 1646 North Halsted St. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The company also unveiled plans for its new 50K SF theater building, which it plans to open by summer 2021.

“Steppenwolf is first and foremost a Chicago theatre and that understanding has guided the design of every inch of the building,” Artistic Director Anna Shapiro said in a statement.  

The new Steppenwolf Theatre Building at 1646 North Halsted St.

Designed by world-renowned architect Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and London-based theater design team Charcoalblue, and built by Chicago-based Norcon Construction, the new facility will feature a 400-seat in-the-round theater only six rows deep — unique in Chicago — that puts the actor at the theater’s center. It will also have a dedicated education floor, an open two-story atrium lobby, a wine bar and a sidewalk lounge, increasing the social gathering spaces.

“Our first-ever purpose-built learning space, which is the crowning jewel of the building, will allow us to place education at the heart of our mission and increase the number of teens impacted by our programming from 15,000 to 40,000,” Executive Director David Schmitz said in a statement.

“Chicago doesn’t have another space like it — in fact Steppenwolf is leading a renewed charge in defining rooms where dialogue and the immediacy of the performers is paramount,” Charcoalblue Senior Partner Gavin Green said.

The new theater building will sit between the existing parking garage, which will remain, and the main theater building, connecting the campus across the west side of Halsted.

Steppenwolf plans to spend $73M on the three-phase expansion. The new building at 1646 North Halsted will cost $54M. To date, the company has raised $46M from the board and ensemble toward this goal, including $8M from an asset sale, according to campaign co-chairs Nora Daley and Eric Lefkofsky.


CBRE promoted John Parrett to executive vice president with its Chicago-based capital markets debt and structure finance team. Since joining CBRE in 2006, Parrett helped structure and close more than $4B of transactions. He was named a top 10% producer for CBRE Americas in 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Krusinski Construction Co. hired three new professionals for its suburban Oak Brook office.

  • Nate Tenpas joined as project engineer, and will help develop Avidor Glenview, a 260K SF LEED-certified apartment complex.
  • Shelby Dotson joined the firm as project superintendent, and is managing several out-of-state projects, including two delivery stations for a large e-commerce provider: an 80K SF facility in Romulus, Michigan, and a 45K SF facility in Akron, Ohio.
  • Mark Muse joined the firm as senior project superintendent, and his out-of-state assignment includes the operations of a 94K SF delivery station for a large e-commerce provider in Fresno, California.


Lee & Associates of Illinois hired longtime real estate veteran Brent De Noble for its industrial team. For the last few years, De Noble has owned and managed a couple of technology/security companies. He will team up with Jay Farnam to focus on the DuPage and O’Hare submarkets. De Noble began his commercial real estate career in 1988 at the infancy of the industrial expansion along the I-55 Corridor. He spent most of his CRE career at Grubb & Ellis and Colliers International.

One North Wacker Drive


Irvine Company Office Properties signed five leases totaling 103K SF at its One North Wacker, a 50-story tower in the heart of Chicago’s Loop.

  • Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services, leased 65K SF and will move its employees from 70 West Madison St. to suites 2200 and 2300 in 2020. JLL’s Eric Kunkel represented Fitch Group.
  • Wipfli LLP, a top 20 accounting and consulting firm, leased 21K SF on the 17th floor.
  • The Jordan Co., a private equity firm, leased 9K SF.
  • May River Capital, a private equity investment firm, leased 5K SF.
  • Heard Capital, a global asset management firm, leased 3K SF. 


Dayton Street Partners signed Ardmore Roderick, an engineering firm, to a 13K SF headquarters lease — the entire third and fourth floors — at 1500 West Carroll Ave. in Chicago’s burgeoning Fulton Market West. Dayton Street recently completed a $4M renovation of the six-story, 38K SF loft office building. Improvements included new exterior windows, new bathrooms, a new HVAC system, new lighting and refreshed stairwells. The Chicago-based developer also added a modern lobby, a rooftop deck with skyline views, a bicycle garage and parking for 42 cars. Ardmore joins Via Tecknik, Limitless Coffee, Neato Agency and Breather, which all recently signed leases in the building. Dayton Street was represented by JLL’s Mike Curran and Mark Georgas.


Lee & Associates’ Nick Eboli and Jim Planey closed a 50K SF industrial lease at 1250 Douglas Road in west suburban Batavia. With this latest tenant, the 137K SF industrial building is now 100% occupied. Victoria Knudson and Agata Szlezak of Stream Realty represented the tenant, C/S Packaging. The other new tenants are Focus Logistics and CAST Aluminum, which were represented by Murray Commercial’s Jace Murray and Cawley Chicago’s Jack Brennan, respectively.


Mondelez International signed a 15-year lease for 83K SF at 905 West Fulton Market in Chicago’s popular Fulton Market District. The lease includes all 77K SF of office space and 6K SF of retail space, leaving about 10K SF available for lease in the building. Cushman & Wakefield represented landlord Thor Equities Group.

28341-28361 Diehl Road in west suburban Warrenville, Ill.


Quantum Real Estate Advisors’ Chad Firsel and Daniel Waszak brokered the sale of a multi-tenant retail building at 28341-28361 Diehl Road in west suburban Warrenville. The roughly 18K SF property sold for $5.4M. At the time of sale, the property was 93% leased to national and regional tenants including Starbucks, Potbelly, T-Mobile, Spotted Paw and Jazza Nails. The buyer was a Chicago-based private investor in a 1031 exchange. The seller was a Chicago-based investment group. 


B+E listed a Planet Granite climbing gym, to be developed by Structured Development at 1450 North Dayton St. in Chicago, for sale for $21.9M. The future gym will have about 41K SF on more than one-half acre, and Structured expects to complete it by August 2020. It has a 15-year triple-net lease for a 5.5% cap rate. 


6031-6043 North Paulina St. in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

Essex Realty Group completed the sale of 6031-6043 North Paulina St., a 43-unit courtyard building in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The yellow courtyard building has been owned and maintained by the same family for more than 50 years and sold for approximately $5.7M. Records indicate the property was purchased in 1965 for a price of $260K. The purchaser was a private investor completing a 1031 exchange. Doug Imber, Kate Varde and Clay Maxfield were the brokers.


Marcus & Millichap completed the sale of 114 South State St., a 28K SF retail property in Chicago. The asset went from contract to close in under 60 days and sold for $9.1M. Marcus & Millichap’s Austin Weisenbeck, Sean Sharko and Joseph Bono marketed the property on behalf of the seller. They also represented the buyer, a local investor in a 1031 exchange. The property was completely renovated in 2007.


Lendlease completed 26 townhomes, six penthouse apartments and penthouse-level amenities at The Cooper at Southbank, its 29-story, 452-unit luxury apartment tower at 720 South Wells St. in Chicago’s South Loop. The deliveries are the final phase of construction on the riverfront high-rise, the first of several residential towers planned in the firm’s 7-acre Southbank development. The newly completed rental townhomes have views of the river and the future Southbank Park, a 2.5-acre green space at the community’s center. Lendlease recently started construction on the park and the adjacent Riverwalk extension, which will open to the public later this year.


Chicago-based Akara Partners completed Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North, a 17-story extended-stay hotel at 110 West Huron, and will hold a grand opening celebration March 19. The new hotel includes 206 suites, and on-site amenities including a 24-hour business center, a snack bar/deli, an outdoor fire pit and a combined fitness/laundry facility. Other Chicago developments by Akara include The Hensley in River North, Kenect in River North and LINKT in West Town.


World Business Chicago CEO Andrea Zopp, Tegus co-founder Michael Elnick, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Tegus co-founder Thomas Elnick cut the ribbon on Tegus' new Chicago office.

Financial tech startup Tegus opened its new Chicago office and technology space last week inside 120 South LaSalle, which JLL leases on behalf of ownership Slate Office REIT. During the ribbon-cutting alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago CEO Andrea Zopp, Tegus co-founder Thomas Elnick said the company plans to triple its headcount by the end of the year. Colliers’ Joe Stevens and Tony Karmin represented Tegus, and JLL’s Craig Coupe and Mason Taylor represented Slate.


The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents over 30,000 members, and the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association, a multi-employer association focused on collective bargaining in the commercial construction industry, reached a new five-year agreement. The agreement, effective June 1, will improve wages, healthcare and pension benefits.

“By addressing contractor concerns and delivering a very good contract for our members and their families, we’ve eliminated the possibility of incurring work stoppages,” CRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Gary Perinar said.