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Taxed To Death

Jonathan Zimmerman | Sep 25, 2019

Given the enormous budget deficit in Chicago, it comes as no surprise that the Mayor and members of the City Council are turning over every stone imaginable to unearth creative […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Aug 29, 2019

Crazy 8’s

As we approach the Labor Day weekend and unofficial end of summer, here are 8 random thoughts that recently have crossed my mind as we conclude month number 8 of […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jul 18, 2019

The Willard Jones Building Quiz

Ready to test your knowledge of downtown Chicago real estate? Well, it’s your lucky day! We hereby present the first ever Willard Jones Building Quiz, past and present. Answers to […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jun 06, 2019

The Chairman

It is rare when one can say they have been mentored by a legend.  A legend of not just their profession, but also of life in general. Well, I am […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | May 23, 2019

The Haymarket Building

Willard Jones Real Estate recently welcomed The Haymarket Building, located at 117 North Jefferson Street, into its leasing portfolio and has been tasked with returning this West Loop gem back […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Apr 25, 2019


I know this is supposed to be a real estate blog, but I must make an exception this month and pay tribute to an individual who was a huge part […]

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Mar 28, 2019

Your Reputation Precedes You

Spring has arrived in Chicago and baseball season is now underway. As we look forward to another exciting campaign, an annual highlight for me is the opportunity to listen to […]

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Jan 03, 2019

2019 Predictions

Happy New Year! As we welcome in 2019, it’s time again to dust off the crystal ball and predict what lies ahead for the new year.  Before we begin, let’s […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Nov 29, 2018

The Best of Chicago for 2018

It is officially the season of giving and Willard Jones Real Estate is here to help.  To contribute to your holiday fun, we hereby present the first annual (possibly) Willard […]

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Jillian Schwartz | Nov 01, 2018

Why I Love/Hate Chicago

I complain about things out of my control. Some of the recipients of those complaints? The weather, CTA, and people who annoy me. Where have I found all of these […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Oct 24, 2018

What Did I Ever Do To Them?

The scene: The Old Town Ale House, on the southeast corner of North and Wieland. It is a sleepy Tuesday night in October in the city of Chicago. LaSalle Street […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Sep 19, 2018

Retro Chicago

So, Chicago is going to have a new mayor in 2019. In reviewing the rather uninspiring list of candidates thus far, the thought crossed my mind: what could one of […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Aug 16, 2018

The Pittsfield Building

“Is the Pittsfield Building cursed?” This is the title of the featured article in a recent edition of Crain’s Chicago Business. (Read it here) Without even reading the story, a […]

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Landis Mast | Aug 14, 2018

An Office-Filled Summer

I’m going to try to keep this short and simple, so bear with me. This summer I had an experience like no other. It wasn’t so much the actual labor […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jul 26, 2018

Anything But Boring

Unless you have recently been vacationing on Mars, it is tough to have missed the thrilling news that Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been awarded the contract to construct an […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jun 28, 2018

The Automated Bully

In almost every industry, price increases are typical from time to time. Most people, while never happy about it, generally understand that there are a lot of reasons for nominal […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Apr 26, 2018

Where Did All the Stores Go?

I hate shopping. For me, the ability to purchase things online goes down as one of the greatest phenomena of my lifetime. I don’t have to schlep through stores or […]

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Jillian Schwartz | Apr 18, 2018

It’s Time to Listen

I can still see the poster hanging in my third-grade classroom: “Listen and silent have the same letters for a reason.” At the time, I thought it was a teacher-way […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Mar 08, 2018

Thrown for a Loop

In case there was any remaining doubt, my youth has officially ended. That was my first thought after learning this week that The Loop, one of Chicago’s most iconic radio […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Feb 21, 2018

Random Thoughts for February

Since I started doing a monthly blog for our company website and the Intelligent Office Blog in 2015, I generally have been successful in coming up with topics fairly easily. […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Jan 04, 2018

2018 Predictions

Happy New Year! As we dig into 2018, it is time once again to pull out the crystal ball and predict what events lie ahead. Before we start, let’s look […]

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Jonathan Zimmerman | Nov 30, 2017

Office 2020

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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