• BOMA/Chicago Economic Impact Study: Analyzing Chicago Office Buildings as a Major Economic Driver
    April 17, 2013

    Last week, BOMA/Chicago was proud to unveil its 2012 Economic Impact Study (EIS), a research report commissioned to analyze the economic impact of our building members. The report, which builds on the original EIS released in 2006, was developed to … Continue reading →

  • Emergency Planning When Disaster Strikes: Have a Plan Ready
    March 27, 2013

    By the BOMA/Chicago Business Continuity and Resiliency Committee If recent events during the past year have taught us anything – Hurricane Sandy, wildfires, earthquakes and seemingly dozens of harsh winter storms, to name a few – it’s that natural disasters … Continue reading →

  • Skyline 3 The Creepy, Crawly Facts about Bed Bugs in Office Buildings
    March 13, 2013

    By Carla Wagner, Operations Manager, Canine Detection & Inspection Services One would think that the potential for bed bugs in office buildings would be extremely low, given the lack of, well, beds. Unfortunately, that’s not what pest professionals in the … Continue reading →

  • Closeup of exterior of skyscraper building Look Up, Out and Around to Determine Best Time to Replace Office Building Window Caulking
    December 19, 2012

    By Steve Riggio, Principal, RiggioBoron Ltd.  Property managers today have a wide range of resources to help determine whether their building is operating at peak efficiency.  For example, building managers determine power and energy usage in HVAC and lighting systems with … Continue reading →

  • The Rebirth of a “New Age Skyscraper” in Downtown Chicago: The Monroe Building Renovation
    December 11, 2012

    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 … Continue reading →

  • NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization Taking a Bow for BOMA International Award for NATO Summit Communications
    October 5, 2012

    Rarely do we make efforts to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.  But here we’re making an exception. Last month, BOMA/Chicago earned a “2012 Best Practices Award” in the Marketing Communications category for the concerted program … Continue reading →

  • Security Concept A Key Discussion: Appearance and Reality with Building Security Keys
    September 26, 2012

    By Tom Glavin, President of Glavin Security Specialists If you’re a property management professional, you surely spend most of your time managing operating funds, allocating staff and vendor resources and responding to a wide range of tenant service requests. But one … Continue reading →

  • Phase Two: Bringing Two North Riverside Plaza to LEED Standards
    September 12, 2012

    Visitors to the Two North Riverside Plaza website learn that we market the 83-year-old Art Deco office property as “A Current Classic.”  And, we should. Two North Riverside, which commands a prominent location along the Chicago River in the West … Continue reading →

  • What’s in a Name? According to Chicagoans and the Commercial Real Estate Industry — Everything
    August 1, 2012

    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 … Continue reading →

  • Gold Circle Trophies A Big Benefit of Earning a Gold Circle Award: Validation from Peers
    July 25, 2012

    By Nancy Capadona, General Manager, CBRE It’s been just about six months since my name was announced during the Gold Circle Awards competition as the Property Manager of the Year for 2012. Without question, I was thrilled to be selected for … Continue reading →

  • The Future of Chicago’s Rapid Transit System: Keeping Chicago on Track
    July 18, 2012

    Last week, we shared insight on the history of Chicago’s elevated rapid transit system – better known as the “L” – and how it helped shape Chicago’s Central Business District. This week, we’ll consider what’s next for the city’s public … Continue reading →

  • Chicago’s Elevated Rapid Transit System: Tracking the Expansion of the “L”
    July 11, 2012

    Chicago has many distinguishing features that set it apart from other great cities.  There’s the 26 miles of lakefront parks and beaches, world-class restaurants, landmark theaters, legendary professional sports, globally-inspired cultural events, and of course world-renowned architecture and commercial buildings. … Continue reading →

  • NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO Summit: Five Takeaways for BOMA/Chicago
    June 4, 2012

    By Michael Cornicelli, Executive Vice President The NATO Summit held in Chicago last month was one of those rare events that had a major impact on many of us, apart from the important work being done by the NATO delegates … Continue reading →

  • Chicago Cubs Logo Wrigley Field: Home of the Chicago Cubs, Site of Chicago’s Next Development Challenge
    May 16, 2012

    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 … Continue reading →

  • BOMA/Chicago Logo A Clear-Cut Benefit of BOMA/Chicago Membership: Hosting a Brown Bag Seminar
    May 2, 2012

    By Mike Collins, Commercial Client Advocate, J.C. Restoration, Inc. One key to success in business is this: take advantage of opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to help establish yourself as an expert. In today’s competitive environment, smart managers … Continue reading →

  • NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization Crisis Communications for Building Owners and Managers During the NATO Summit
    April 25, 2012

    By Nick Kalm, president and founder, Reputation Partners, LLC In my nearly 30 years of crisis communications, I’ve helped address many issues and crisis situations affecting the commercial real estate industry. Although the communications strategies differ for each crisis, it’s … Continue reading →

  • Three Thoughts For Chicago’s Buildings and Businesses During NATO Summit
    March 21, 2012

    Since learning Chicago was selected as the host city for the 2012 NATO Summit, BOMA/Chicago leadership and staff have collaborated with public and private organizations to prepare members for the logistical and operational issues associated with hosting this global event. … Continue reading →

  • Navy Pier The Ongoing Transformation of Navy Pier: Part II
    February 14, 2012

    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 … Continue reading →

  • The Ongoing Transformation of Navy Pier: Part I
    February 9, 2012

    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 … Continue reading →

  • Weathering Winter in Chicago’s CBD
    January 19, 2012

    When the winter wind off Lake Michigan howls and the wind chill drops to single digits, it can be daunting to make your way across Chicago’s Loop. Walking across the Chicago River from Union Station or stepping out for a quick bite … Continue reading →