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Jonathan Zimmerman | Nov 30, 2017

Think back to the last time you shopped around for an apartment. Likely, the process was straight-forward and to the point: figure out your budget, pick a neighborhood, set aside […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Oct 26, 2017

Blink of an Eye

If these last few months have taught us anything, it is how truly fragile life can be. Collectively, we have witnessed way too many horrific tragedies and natural disasters as […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Sep 14, 2017

Amazon Fever

Outside of debating who the Bears’ starting quarterback should be, the number one topic of discussion in Chicago these days involves Amazon’s headquarters announcement. Do we really have a chance […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Aug 03, 2017

The Real Estate Wisdom of Billy Joel

I recently listed to a town hall style interview/concert with the legendary musician Billy Joel. I have always been a fan but never realized until now how truly meaningful the […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jul 13, 2017

My Friend Matt

Life isn’t fair! Why do bad things happen to good people? Why me? What have I done to deserve this? Why must I suffer like this? In life, tragic events […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jun 26, 2017

More Stories!

Back by popular demand, I hereby present: More of the Most Outrageous Stories that I Have Encountered During My Career. While I would not necessarily place these in the Murphy’s […]

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Jillian Schwartz | Jun 23, 2017

Hannah’s Bretzel is back

After quite the extensive renovation and expansion, the new Hannah’s Bretzel at 180 W Washington is back open for business. As one of the food places in our spaces, I […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | May 25, 2017

Hey Mr. Murphy, can you cut me a break?

As with most things in life, a certain degree of luck comes in handy. However, it seems that Murphy fellow and his wicked Law is always lurking–something out of your […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Apr 25, 2017

The Buzz

You have to admit, downtown Chicago is a pretty amazing place to work; transcendent architecture, premier accessibility, fascinating cultural attractions, restaurants at every corner, and miles upon miles of shopping. […]

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Jillian Schwartz | Mar 30, 2017

Mad (wo)Men

The good ol’ days. Is there such a thing? I like to think there was a different sort of peace before hashtags and online profiles. Recently, I found myself immersed […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Mar 23, 2017

Then And Now

The other day, a youngster who recently started in the real estate industry asked me about the most significant differences in the commercial real estate business today as compared to […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Feb 22, 2017

He Really Did Exist!

In a previous blog, I described how the name of my firm, Willard Jones Real Estate, came about (Blog). While I did conduct a fair amount of research prior to […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jan 03, 2017

The 2017 Crystal Ball

Here we go again. Another new year, another fresh set of predictions. Before we project what lies ahead for the next 12 months, let’s first see how we fared last […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Nov 17, 2016

It’s Awfully Frosty Down There

Just when we thought we had seen it all, 2016 happened. The only thing that may be more shocking than the Cubs winning the World Series is Donald Trump getting […]

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Jillian Schwartz | Nov 08, 2016

Song Titles that Describe the Cold Call Process

Ah, the days full of phone dial tones and unanswered voicemail messages. For salespeople and brokers alike, unfortunately–after all these years–cold calling is still part of the leasing process. Especially […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Oct 26, 2016

Stick To What You Know…Or Else Pay The Price

As the saying goes, “stick to what you know best”. Especially now with Google at our fingertips, it can be incredibly empowering to do a quick search and instantly discover […]

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Jillian Schwartz | Sep 20, 2016

5 Signs It’s Time For New Office Space

What started out as 4-5 people in the open space has grown to increasingly more cramped quarters. Employees who don’t have enough space to work efficiently may find themselves distracted, […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Sep 08, 2016

Remembering 9/11/01

Can we really be coming up on the 15 year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks? It still seems so fresh in my mind, almost like it was […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Sep 01, 2016

Only the Shadow Knows

Not a day goes by without someone asking me the question, how is the leasing market? The short, easy answer: it’s a matter of perspective. Presently, it is quite good […]

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Jillian Schwartz | Aug 18, 2016

Reviving Loop Lunch

Well, I tried it. I have been following the news stories surrounding the opening of the new food hall, Revival, at 125 S Clark and have gotten increasingly antsy about […]

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Jul 29, 2016

Start Your Engines

Everyone is always seeking the next great thing.  The first person brave enough to take a risk in a new environment is often the one who stands to profit the […]

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Jun 24, 2016

Expectation vs. Reality

Whenever one starts a new job, there is always a utopia scenario in one’s mind about how everything should go: Sure, there could be some ups and downs at times, […]

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Jun 24, 2016

Stay Informed

As I mentioned in my previous blog, one of the most critical aspects to succeeding in commercial real estate, or any profession for that matter, is to be on top […]

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Jun 24, 2016

20 Years of Endurance

I have lost count of the instances I have pondered the questions, “Why am I doing this?” or “What was I thinking getting into this business?” or “There has to […]

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Jun 24, 2016

If These Walls Could Talk…

It is a building that epitomizes Chicago: innovative with a touch of charm, yet tough, solid, resilient and built to last. Constructed in 1874 right after the Great Chicago Fire, […]

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Jun 24, 2016

Who is Willard Jones Anyway?

So much of Chicago’s history is centered around folklore. Tales such as Ms. O’Leary’s cow causing the Great Chicago Fire, the famed Billy Goat curse being responsible for the Cubs’ […]

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