Bradford Allen represents Restoration Builders in 10,000-SF relocation and expansion

CHICAGO, IL — Joel Berger and Craig Nadborne, Senior Managing Directors at Bradford Allen, represented Restoration Builders in the relocation and expansion of the repair and restoration company’s Midwest corporate office. Previously located in Elmhurst, Restoration Builders will now office out of a 10,000-square-foot space at 263 Shuman Boulevard in Naperville, Illinois.

Known as The Shuman, the recently redeveloped 350,000-square-foot office building delivers an urban vibe to the suburban office landscape, promising tenants the most comprehensive workplace experience outside of the Chicago CBD. Kellen Monti of JLL represented the building in the sublease of the space.

“We were thrilled to help place Restoration Builders in such a terrific, modern space. The relocation is a great example of what we’re seeing more and more—companies searching out amenity-laden spaces in Class A buildings to entice workers back to the office full time. The Shuman offers an environment that gets tenants excited about coming to work,” said Berger.

 

BA Assists American Blues Theater in Purchase of Near Northwest Property

CHICAGO, IL — Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum are pleased to announce that Managing Director Jonathan Seeley successfully assisted American Blues Theater with the purchase of their new location at 5627 N. Lincoln Avenue after vacating their former home at 4809 N. Ravenswood Avenue. Previous ownership was represented in the transaction by Mark Kishtow and Mark Jones of Jameson Commercial Real Estate.

Built in 1985, the 10,844-square-foot property sits on an 18,000-square-foot lot in a densely populated section of Chicago’s Near Northwest neighborhood. The all-masonry construction features a single-story open floorplan with 12-foot clear height, essential for accommodating the theater’s performances. Additionally, the property offers an attractive 168 feet of frontage along Lincoln Avenue, a main traffic artery serving the Lincoln Square and Andersonville neighborhoods.

“After performing a full search of the market to determine alternate options, it was clear that 5627 N. Lincoln was the best fit for the unique use case of American Blues Theater. We pursued the purchase of the building with earnest and closed within 90 days of going under contract,” said Seeley.

Winner of American Theatre Wing’s prestigious National Theatre Company Award, American Blues Theater is a premier arts organization exploring the American identity through the plays it produces and communities it serves. American Blues Theater follows three guiding values both on and off its stages–to be accessible, responsible, and true. Chicago’s second-oldest AEA Ensemble theater, the American Blues Theater and its artists have received 221 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater and 40 Black Theater Alliance Awards.


About Bradford Allen
Bradford Allen is a national commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. The company offers a full array of brokerage services and expertise to entrepreneurial, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Services include strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen is the brand name of Bradford Allen Realty Services.

 

Bradford Allen represents Avenir in 10,000-square-foot headquarters relocation

NEW YORK, NY — Glenn Isaacson, President at Bradford Allen’s New York office, is pleased to announce the firm has assisted Avenir Growth Capital in a headquarters relocation to 817 Broadway in Greenwich Village. Isaacson was assisted in representing the tenant by associate Anthony Builder, while landlords Tactonic Partners, Nuveen Real Estate, and Squire Investments were represented by David Faulk, Jason Greenstein, Daniel Levine, and Jordyn Comras of Newmark.

Avenir will relocate from their seventh-floor space at 135 Fifth Avenue to the twelfth floor of 817 Broadway in a new five-year lease. The New York-based equity firm was founded in 2017 to focus on building a portfolio of high-growth, category-defining companies. The firm currently has over $2 billion in assets under management.

 

Over 38,000 SF Leased at Edens Corporate Center 6 Months After Purchase

CHICAGO, IL — Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, Principals and Co-Founders of Bradford Allen, are pleased to announce that Senior Managing Director Joel Berger and Associate Jake Blesi have leased over 38,000 SF at Edens Corporate Center, 630 & 650 Dundee Road in Northbrook, IL, just six months after being named the exclusive leasing agent.

In addition to the prime location and best-in-class amenities, Berger attributes the robust leasing momentum to a dedicated focus on tenant needs, creative thinking, and deep knowledge of the North Suburban market.

“We have only represented Edens Corporate Center since the fall of 2021, and our goal was to be known as the nicest, most responsive, and most creative building in the market. Most of the I-94 North Suburban market is institutional landlords who are slow to respond to changing tenant needs and tend to think linearly. We listen, are highly responsive to tenants, and like to think creatively to find solutions. Our immediate success shows our approach works. There is certainly a tenant need in the area for responsive and dynamic landlords and landlords’ agents.”

Bradford Allen’s successful leasing program has meant growing economic opportunities and job creation for the North Suburban market. In addition to an 18,000-SF renewal for marketing firm Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, and a 3,700-SF renewal for law firm Mason, Wenk & Berman, L.L.C., there were three new leases at the property: RHM Staffing Solutions, 7,800 SF; Velos Wealth Management, 2,600 SF; and Phase3 Capital Management, 3,500 SF. Additionally, existing tenant TriGran Investments, Inc., 2,800 SF, extended and expanded its lease.

About Bradford Allen
Bradford Allen is a national commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. The company offers a full array of brokerage services and expertise to entrepreneurial, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Services include strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen is the brand name of Bradford Allen Realty Services.

 

Bradford Allen’s Ben Azulay Re-Elected to TCN Board of Directors

Chicago, IL — Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, Principals and Co-Founders of Bradford Allen, are pleased to announce the re-election of Ben Azulay, Principal at Bradford Allen, to the TCN Worldwide Board of Directors. Bradford Allen has been the Chicago office affiliate of TCN Worldwide since 2004, enabling comprehensive service to its clients locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2021, Bradford Allen became the New York affiliate with the opening of their downtown office at 745 5th Avenue, New York, NY. Ben’s involvement continues BA’s strong tradition of leadership within TCN as Laurence Elbaum served nine years on the Board of Directors, including four years as Chairman.

“We are thrilled that Ben was re-elected to the TCN Worldwide Board of Directors,” said Elbaum. “Ben has been an integral part of Bradford Allen for more than 17 years. In addition to his successful tenure as Regional Vice President for TCN’s Central Region, he has demonstrated his innate ability to lead with multiple TCN Team Player awards. I am proud to see him continue our firm’s tradition of leadership within TCN.”

Joining Bradford Allen in 2004, Ben has built a national client base by focusing on representing tenants whose operations are based in Chicagoland. Throughout his tenure with the firm, he has represented large users of office space in a wide variety of transactions that include GrubHub, Northwestern Mutual, and MedSpeed.