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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.

36th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

For the first time, the Commercial Real Estate Awards will be hosted at Chicago's new premier venue, the Salt Shed! Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 for a fun-filled evening featuring networking, a cocktail reception, abbreviated award ceremony and more.

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 bring 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. Last year’s event raised more than $1.3M to help provide over 3.9 million meals for our neighbors.

We look forward to seeing you at the 36th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards! We hope you can join us – because together we can build a greater Chicago.

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Register for the Commercial Real Estate Awards

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To receive voting privileges, individuals and ticket package holders must be registered and paid by the extended deadline of Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Award nominations closed Friday, February 2, 2024. 

Event Day Information

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
New Location: The Salt Shed
1357 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | VIP Reception (invite only)
5:30 – 9 p.m. | Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation

2024 Event Updates

Registration Options

Each registration is entitled to one vote per category. Ticket bundle holders will vote on behalf of their attendees. The voting blocks below show the value of each vote per award category for supporter ticket packages.

Benefactor Supporter – $14,000 | Includes 20 premium tickets
Voting block: 50 votes

Patron Supporter – $10,000 | Includes 15 general admission tickets
Voting block: 30 votes

Friend Supporter – $5,000 | Includes 10 general admission tickets
Voting block: 10 votes

Individual Supporter – $600 | Includes 1 general admission ticket
Voting block: 1 vote

Exciting Voting Benefits Update

We have transitioned from the previous "one vote per table purchased" system to one where every individual ticket registration receives one voting right, allowing more of our attendees to actively participate in the voting process. For those who choose to purchase a Supporter ticket package, we have introduced different voting blocks to reflect the value of votes included in the bundle or sponsorship. During registration, Supporter ticket package purchasers will indicate the person responsible to cast their voting block per category on behalf of their attendees.

To celebrate our sponsors' invaluable support, sponsors receive significant voting influence. Contact us to learn more about available sponsorship opportunities. To receive voting privileges, individuals and ticket package holders must be registered and paid by the extended deadline of Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

Read our frequently asked questions to learn more

Join the Commercial Real Estate Awards Lunchbox Challenge

What’s in your Lunchbox?

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One in five of our neighbors does not know where their next meal is coming from. The Lunchbox Challenge is a call for the commercial real estate community to come together and raise funds for our neighbors facing food insecurity.

By donating $100 – or $20 of lunch money per day for a week – you can provide nutritious and healthy food to thousands of our neighbors across Cook County.

The Lunchbox Challenge is a virtual fundraising competition. Each team will inspire their digital networks to see who can raise the most funds, have the biggest impact and take home the coveted Lunchbox Trophy at the event.

Our goal is to reach $100,000 – we can make it happen, together.

Join your team and make a difference today

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

36th Annual Commercial Real Estate Award Finalists

Congratulations to this year's finalists for outstanding industry achievements! Voting opens Friday, March 22. Register for the event today to secure voting privileges. 

  • Architect of the Year
    • RATIO
    • Wright Heerema Architects
  • Civic Development of the Year
    • Acadia Healthcare - Montrose Adult Behavioral Health Hospital (Berglund Construction)
    • Howard Brown Health Halsted (Eckenhoff Saunders)
    • North Austin Center (ARCO/Murray National Construction Company)
  • Community Impact Project of the Year
    • 43 Green (The Habitat Company & P3 Markets)
    • Common Pantry (Harrington Brown, LLC, Wheeler Kearns, Bulley & Andrews)
    • Lathrop Phase 1B (HED, Related Midwest, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Heartland Housing, JGMA, MVVA and MIA)
    • Rusu-McCartin Boys & Girls Club of Chicago (Bear Construction & Latent)
  • Deal of the Year - Data, Industrial and Investment
    • 727 West Madison – Ares Management (F&F Realty & Eastdil Secured, L.L.C.)
    • Data Center purchase of 51 homes and 4 commercial buildings in Elk Grove Village, IL (Cushman & Wakefield & Stream Data Centers)
    • Project Dolphin, LEED Platinum Build-to-Suit (Venture One Real Estate and CBRE)
    • Sears Headquarters Sale, Hoffman Estates, IL (Colliers and Transformco)
    • The Cubes at Country Club Hills - SOLO Cup / Dart Container (CRG, Cushman & Wakefield and Newmark)
  • Deal of the Year - Office
    • AON (JLL, Telos Group, LLC & 601 West)
    • Harrison Street Lease (Fulton Street Companies)
    • Greenberg Traurig (Sterling Bay & Newmark)
    • Invenergy Office Expansion (CBRE, Telos Group, LLC & 601 West)
    • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg (Onni, Telos Group, LLC & CBRE)
    • Olam Food Ingredients (JLL, Telos Group, LLC & Brookfield Properties)
  • Developer of the Year
    • Bridge Industrial
    • CenterPoint Properties
    • CRG
    • Hines
    • Venture One Real Estate
  • Engineer of the Year
    • Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
    • V3 Companies - Civil Engineer
  • General Contractor of the Year
    • ARCO/Murray National Construction Company
    • Krusinski Construction Company
    • Morgan Harbour Construction
    • Pepper Construction
    • Power Construction Company
  • Industrial Broker of the Year
    • Fred Regnery and Brian Kling (Colliers)
    • Jason West, Sean Henrick, Michael Magliano, Doug Pilcher and Ryan Klink (Cushman & Wakefield)
    • Dan Leahy and Adam Roth, CCIM, SIOR (NAI Hiffman)
    • Matt Mulvihill, Kevin Segerson and Cal Payne (CBRE)
    • Sam Durkin (JLL)
  • Industrial Development of the Year
    • 3351 N. Brandon Road, Joliet, IL (CenterPoint Properties)
    • Bridge Point Melrose Park I (Bridge)
    • The Cubes at Country Club Hills - SOLO Cup / Dart Container (CRG)
    • Palatine 90 Logistics Center (Logistics Property Company)
    • Unilever at Cherry Hill Business Park (Northern Builders and Affinius Capital)
  • Institutional Investment Broker of the Year
    • Michael Caprile, Ryan Bain, Zach Graham and Joe Horrigan (CBRE)
    • Jeff Devine, Steve Disse and Tyler Ziebel (Colliers)
    • Michael Pagliari, Bryan Rosenberg, David Caprile and Donald Kelly (Eastdil Secured, L.L.C.)
    • Chicago Multi-Housing Team (JLL)
  • Interior Contractor of the Year
    • Clune Construction
    • Executive Construction Inc.
    • LG Builders
    • Pepper Construction
    • Power Construction - Workplace Group
    • Redmond
    • Skender
  • Interior Design Firm of the Year
    • BOX Studios
    • CBRE Design Collective
    • HED
    • IA Interior Architects
    • Lamar Johnson Collaborative
    • Perkins&Will
  • Office Development of the Year
    • Salesforce Tower Chicago | 333 West Wolf Point Plaza (Hines)
  • Office Landlord Representative of the Year
    • Bill R. Rolander Jr., Vice Chairman (Newmark)
    • Investor Leasing Team of Kelsey Scheive and Kelsey Morgan (CBRE)
    • Chris Cummins (JLL)
    • Jack O'Brien, Principal (Telos Group, LLC)
    • Andrea Saewitz, Wendy Katz and Ben Cleveland (STREAM)
  • Office Tenant Representative of the Year
    • Mark Cassata, Bill Sheehy, and Brady Wolfe (CBRE)
    • Dan Arends and Dougal Jeppe (Colliers)
    • Eric Feinberg & John Goodman Tenant Advisory Team (Savills)
    • Meredith O'Connor and Matt Carolan (JLL)
    • Michael Sessa and Dan Maslauski (Cushman & Wakefield)
  • Professional Services Firm of the Year
    • Polsinelli
    • Spark
  • Project Manager of the Year
    • Cushman & Wakefield Project Management Team
    • JLL Project & Development Services
    • Rich Dale & Laura Schueren Project Management Team (Savills)
  • Property Management Company of the Year
    • Colliers
    • Asset Services Chicago (Cushman & Wakefield)
    • Golub & Company
    • Hines
    • JLL
    • Transwestern
  • Redevelopment of the Year
    • Guinness Open Gate Brewery (JLL, Whitney & Clune)
    • Ramova Theatre (Tyler Nevius, Baum Revision, O’Riley Office, McHugh Construction)
    • The Salt Shed (Blue Star Properties & R2 Companies)
    • Belden-Stratford Redevelopment (Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Vinci Hamp Architects & Mansueto Office)
    • mHUB (JLL, Gensler & ECI)
  • Residential Development of the Year
    • Chicago Housing Authority Edith Spurlock Sampson Apartments (RATIO)
    • The Domaine at Hawthorn Row (Focus)
    • Onni Fulton Market (Onni Group)
    • The Dylan (Sterling Bay)
    • The Leo (VISTA Property)
    • The Reed at Southbank (Lendlease)
  • Retail Broker of the Year
    • Matt Ramsey (JLL)
  • Special Achievement of the Year
    • The Goldie Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions About the Commercial Real Estate Awards

Each registration is entitled to one vote per category. For those who choose to purchase a Supporter ticket package, we have introduced different voting blocks to reflect the value of votes included in the bundle. Ticket bundle holders will cast votes on behalf of their attendees.

  • Benefactor Supporter – Voting block: 50 votes
  • Patron Supporter – Voting block: 30 votes
  • Friend Supporter – Voting block: 10 votes
  • Individual Supporter – Voting block: 1 vote

If an individual purchases multiple individual registrations, each individual ticket holder is entitled to vote (e.g. 3 tickets = votes for 3 people, as opposed to the purchaser voting 3 times).

The voting period will be from Friday, March 22, 2024, to Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Please ensure you submit your votes during this period so they are included in the final tally. To be eligible to vote, your registration and payment must be completed by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. You will receive a link to vote after payment.

When registering, make sure to note what email address you wish to receive the voting link. To be eligible to vote, your registration and payment must be completed by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. You will receive a link to vote after payment.

No, each individual attendee will receive one vote regardless of how many tickets they purchase. If you buy tickets for other guests, each guest will receive one vote.

When registering a ticket package, be sure to fill out the form with the email address you wish to receive the voting link.

If a registrant does not pay via credit card and requests a pledge reminder to fulfill payment via ACH/check/wire transfer, payment must be fulfilled by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, or a voting link will not be sent.

Ticket package holders will receive one link to cast one vote per category on behalf of all attendees.

Voting results will be announced at the event and posted on the event website the following day.

Similar to ticket packages, sponsors will have a representative vote per category on behalf of all their attendees.

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.

Become a Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards Sponsor

Sign up to become an event sponsor and receive unique benefits and more. Learn more about available sponsorship opportunities.