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Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

The Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards celebrate the achievements of the premier commercial real estate firms — and help end hunger.

Thank you for joining us at the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

Thanks to all of the attendees and sponsors who joined us for the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards on March 9, 2023.


The 35th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

In a city renowned for its soaring architecture, premier commercial real estate firms gather annually to celebrate achievements — and to end hunger.

The annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards dinner brings together more than 1,850 of Chicago’s top architects, brokers, developers, property managers, contractors, and design professionals to celebrate outstanding achievements in all facets of the industry and to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This partnership truly helps build a better Chicago.

The 35th annual event on March 9, 2023 raised more than $1.3 million to help provide meals and hope for our neighbors.


Commercial Real Estate Award Winners

  • Architect of the Year: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Commercial Development of the Year: 345 N Morgan (Sterling Bay)
  • Community Impact Project: Chicago Public Safety Training Center (AECOM)
  • Consultant of the Year Award: ESD
  • Deal of the Year: James R. Thompson Center (State of Illinois & JRTC Holdings)
  • Developer of the Year: Sterling Bay
  • General Contractor of the Year: Clayco
  • Industrial Broker of the Year: Dominic Carbonari and Kate Coxworth (JLL)
  • Industrial Development of the Year: DLN5 (Venture One Real Estate)
  • Institutional Investment Broker of the Year: Michael Caprile, Ryan Bain, Zach Graham (CBRE)
  • Interior Contractor of the Year: Pepper Construction
  • Interior Design Firm of the Year: Partners by Design
  • Office Broker of the Year: Matt Carolan and Meredith O'Connor (JLL)
  • Office Property Representative of the Year: Ellen May and Adam Mitchell (Tishman Speyer)
  • Private Capital Markets Investment Broker of the Year: Danny Spitz, Jason St. John, Paul Tesdal, Brewster Hague (Greenstone Partners)
  • Project Manager of the Year: TIE – CBRE and JLL
  • Property Management Company of the Year: CBRE Property Management
  • Redevelopment of the Year: The Terminal (IBT Group, LLC)
  • Retail Broker of the Year: Luke Molloy (CBRE)


Introducing the Commercial Real Estate Awards Lunchbox Challenge

What’s in your Lunchbox?

Previously known as the Brown Bag Challenge, the fundraising opportunity for the Commercial Real Estate Awards has evolved into the inaugural Lunchbox Challenge.

The Lunchbox Challenge raises funds to provide nutritious food to thousands of our neighbors facing hunger.

Our goal is to reach $100,000. If each participant can give $100 – or $20 of lunch money per day for a week – we can make it happen, together.

The top fundraising team will receive the inaugural Lunchbox Trophy at the event, and funds raised will ensure our neighbors experiencing hunger across Cook County have access to healthy meals.

Congratulations to Cushman & Wakefield for being this year's Lunchbox Champion!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Commercial Real Estate Awards

The Blue Ribbon Panel includes executive members from the Commercial Real Estate Awards Steering Committee, winners of the previous year's awards and selected local real estate representatives from municipalities, academia and/or businesses. The Blue Ribbon Panel selects awards finalists from all submitted nominations using a thorough review and voting process.

Using their industry knowledge and expertise, the Blue Ribbon Panel reviews the award submissions to determine which entries merit finalist status. The Panel then votes via secret ballot to select finalists for each award category.

The Steering Committee is comprised of real estate professionals who volunteer their time to support the planning of the Commercial Real Estate Awards. For additional information or to get involved, please send us a message.

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