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The Rebirth of a “New Age Skyscraper” in Downtown Chicago: The Monroe Building Renovation By Paul Rades, Property Manager for the Monroe Building. When the Monroe Building opened its doors in 1912, the ornate office tower on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue already had a tremendous pedigree.  After all, it was designed by the legendary architectural firm of Holabird & Roche, a team…

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What’s in a Name? According to Chicagoans and the Commercial Real Estate Industry — Everything The process and purpose behind transitioning naming rights seems simple: A company purchases the rights to rename a building or property to increase brand awareness and ultimately market share and revenue. However, the naming rights of buildings, an important part of Chicago history…

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Wrigley Field: Home of the Chicago Cubs, Site of Chicago’s Next Development Challenge It’s one of Chicago’s most iconic, most visited, most historic structures.  It’s been the scene of intense joy and, more often, intense heartbreak.  It’s a landmark, and there’s only one other place like it left in the nation – make that the…

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The Ongoing Transformation of Navy Pier: Part II Last week, we profiled Navy Pier’s rich history and transforming identity throughout the last 96 years. This week, we will discuss the future of Navy Pier and how its redesign will contribute to its ongoing transformation. In September 2011, Navy Pier Inc. (NPI), the nonprofit group that manages Navy Pier, developed a…

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The Ongoing Transformation of Navy Pier: Part I Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most dynamic and vibrant landmarks. Throughout its history, the Pier has been a center of commerce, a military base, a school, an events venue and a world-renowned destination. In fact, Navy Pier has not stopped transforming its identity since its inception 96 years ago.…

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Soldier Field: Where Chicago Flexes its Big Shoulders f you ask any number of Chicagoans about their sentiments towards local politics, baseball teams, Chicago neighborhoods or which local eateries have the best Chicago-style pizza or hot dogs, you will certainly receive a variety of confident responses. However, one thing all Chicagoans can agree on is that this is…

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BOMA/Chicago’s Blockbuster Buildings Transformers’ Bumble Bee flies by Willis Tower This summer’s big-screen blockbuster season is all about Chicago. You might remember when the Autobots and Decepticons took over Chicago’s Central Business District last summer to film Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, which debuted in theaters this week. Check out the trailer to see some of BOMA/Chicago’s building members get “destroyed” in the final…

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