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For all tours, if you have not checked in for your tour 10 minutes before scheduled departure, your seat will be resold. No refunds for no-shows.


Pullman Park

Explore Historic Pullman Park

Oct. 10, 2022, 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ticketed event; $85 USD fee. Limited to 50 attendees.

The original town of Pullman, built between 1880-1893, was one of the nation’s first and most beautiful planned industrial communities. Beyond its architectural significance, Pullman played an important role in the history of urban design, transportation, labor and race relations. Today, Pullman remains a unique Chicago community, and is the only one among Chicago’s 50 city landmark districts to enjoy state and national landmark status and to be recognized by the American Planning Association as one of the nation’s 10 Great Neighborhoods. It is Chicago’s only designated National Park. Join us for a tour and see the transformation of Pullman firsthand, including a stop at the Pullman National Monument, and key industrial and retail sites that have revitalized this historic Chicago neighborhood.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


Oracle Innovation

Oracle Industries Innovation Lab

Oct. 10, 2022, 9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ticketed event; $99 USD fee. Limited to 45 attendees.

Technology is driving rapid change across project and asset lifecycles. The Oracle Industries Innovation Lab helps organizations experiment, learn and stay on the leading edge. Tour the lab, a simulated worksite demonstrating the transformative power of the internet of things (IoT), drones, autonomous equipment, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other developing technologies. Lunch will be provided on this tour.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.



On the Cutting Edge: Bystronic Experience Center

Oct. 10, 2022, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ticketed event; $99 USD fee. Limited to 50 attendees.

The Bystronic Experience Center, developed by Conor Commercial Real Estate, designed and conceptualized by Heitman Architects and constructed by McShane Construction Company, serves as the hub for U.S. business operations for the Swiss-based advanced manufacturing and metal fabrication company. The turnkey facility offers 165,000 square feet of space which seamlessly integrates the company's headquarters office, showroom, manufacturing and warehouse operations. Hear from the developer, architects and construction team about the planning, design and build phases of this unique project and learn about Bystronic's vision of the smart factory, the latest technologies for laser cutting, and watch a live demonstration. Boxed lunches will be provided on this tour.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


Fulton Market

A Taste of Innovation at Fulton Market

Oct. 10, 2022, 12 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Once Chicago’s meat-packing district, Fulton Market is now known as Chicago’s tech hub, serving as the home to Google, McDonald’s, a growing life sciences sector, and many award-winning chefs. Join us for a walking tour of Chicago’s hottest neighborhood and tour some of these new office and life science buildings. This tour will conclude with a networking happy hour!

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


Lincoln Yard and Salt Shed

Bringing New Life to the North Side: Lincoln Yards and the Salt Shed

Oct. 10, 2022, 12:15 p.m.-4 p.m.

R2 & Blue Star Properties have partnered on a visionary project to transform the former Morton Salt Factory. Where there once sat massive salt piles, the newly dubbed space “The Salt Shed” will serve as a music venue, including both indoor and outdoor venues. The building was awarded historic status in 2021 and will keep the iconic “When It Rains It Pours” metal roof, which will now serve as a welcomed community space. Take a hard hat tour of the office building next door that is also under development. Just down the street, Sterling Bay is creating a vibrant new development – Lincoln Yards – that will connect Chicagoans to over 50 acres of riverfront sitting between some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods: Bucktown, Wicker Park and Lincoln Park. The development of Lincoln Yards presents a defining moment for Chicago to improve a vast, underutilized parcel of land to benefit residents, businesses and visitors. With new and improved infrastructure, businesses, residences, parks, open spaces and more, Sterling Bay plans to create a vibrant, mixed-use community.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


Creative Site Acquisition

Creative Site Acquisition: From Subdivision to Industrial Site

Oct. 10, 2022, 12:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Ticketed event; $150 USD fee. Limited to 50 attendees.

What do you do when there isn’t any land available in your market? In Chicago, two developers and their market-expert brokers (Cawley Commercial with ML Realty Partners and Cushman & Wakefield with Prologis) had to get creative while running parallel pursuits of a residential subdivision in the infill submarket of O’Hare. Prologis and ML Realty Partners now have four buildings on two separately owned adjacent sites totaling over 1.3 million square feet under construction, with three of the four already preleased in this highly coveted submarket. Join us for a discussion on the intricate assemblage, the parallel paths of the developers, and the challenges of closing on over 100 residential homes simultaneously. Tour the facilities to explore the uniqueness of the site and modern development techniques being used for this once-in-a-lifetime project. Following the tour, gather for networking and drinks at a local craft brewery.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


Magnificent Mile

Redeveloping an Icon: Tribune Tower and the Magnificent Mile

Oct. 11, 2022, 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ticketed event; $85 USD fee. Limited to 30 attendees.

Longtime home to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago’s iconic neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, which sits along The Magnificent Mile, has been recently redeveloped into 162 luxury condominiums. Co-developers CIM Group and Golub & Company purchased the landmarked 1925 building for $240 million in 2016 and it was said to have a redevelopment budget of $1 billion. In addition to the residences, the building transformation includes a half-acre outdoor space, a pool, fitness center, an outdoor terrace with view of Lake Michigan and more. A ground-floor retail space will house The Museum of Ice Cream. After a tour of this Chicago icon, continue with a walking tour of The Magnificent Mile and hear how The Mile is positioning itself for the future.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


Old Post Office

Large-scale Redevelopments: The Old Post Office and Willis Tower

Oct. 11, 2022, 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tour two of Chicago’s largest buildings – the historic Willis Tower and The Old Post Office, both of which have just completed large-scale redevelopment projects. The Old Post Office (TOPO), built in 1921 and expanded in 1932, supported Chicago’s booming mail-order business, and was the world’s largest mail terminal with 19 million pieces of mail processed daily. The property sat vacant for two decades, until 2016 when new ownership began a $900 million renovation, the largest historic redevelopment in history. TOPO now boasts over 2.5 million square feet of multi-use offices and stunning event spaces. Willis Tower has stood as a fixture in Chicago’s skyline since 1973. The iconic 110-story skyscraper is home to 15,000 office workers and welcomes thousands of tourists daily to its Skydeck experience on the 103rd floor. A $500 million redevelopment project completed this year yielded redesigned lobby areas; a dining, retail, entertainment destination; new amenity and event spaces; and art installations by renown artists Jacob Hashimoto and Olafur Eliasson. Lunch at the Catalog food hall is included in this tour.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


Chicago River

Celebrate Chicago's Iconic Architecture on the Chicago River

Oct. 11, 2022, 2:15-4:30 p.m.

See Chicago’s iconic architecture and newest developments from the best view in the City – the Chicago River – as we hear from our “floating panel” of industry experts. The conversation and tour will be moderated by Mary Ludgin, Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Research at Heitman, who is a leader in the commercial real estate industry and has led Chicago River tours for 30+ years. Leaders from Riverside Investment and Development, Related Midwest, and Hines will participate in the panel discussion and share their own notable projects along the River. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served onboard during this tour.

Tour presented by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate.


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