CHICAGO — Ferrero North America has opened its new Innovation Center and North America R&D Labs in Chicago. The 45,000-square-foot project, located in the historic Marshall Field & Co. building, brings together Ferrero’s R&D teams from throughout the U.S. and houses teams working on Keebler, Famous Amos, Mother’s, Fannie May and other brands. There are more than 150 employees. The investment further expands Ferrero’s footprint in Illinois. The company manufactures Butterfinger and Baby Ruth products at its plant in Franklin Park, and Keebler products on 110th Street in Chicago. The Ferrero manufacturing campus in Bloomington produces Crunch, 100 Grand and other products, and will soon include a new chocolate processing facility and a new Kinder Bueno production facility. Brookfield Properties operates the Marshall Field building, which is designated as a Chicago Landmark, a National Historic Landmark and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. In 2021, Brookfield completed a major restoration and overhaul to convert the former department store into a modern office building. The property rises seven stories and totals 636,000 square feet.
CHICAGO — Kiser Group has brokered the sale of a 41-unit apartment building in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood for an undisclosed price. The property at 3935-45 W. Division St. consists of 37 apartment units and four retail spaces. The asset was converted into condos in 2006, and then was transformed when 85 percent of its units were acquired through a bank sale following the market downtown in 2008-2009. The undisclosed buyer is poised to increase rents, seeking a value-add opportunity.
CHICAGO — Plymouth Industrial REIT Inc. (NYSE: PLYM) has sold a 306,552-square-foot industrial building located at 6510 W. 73rd St. in Chicago for $19.9 million. The buyer was an undisclosed owner-user. Plymouth’s net proceeds after the payoff of a $5.8 million mortgage secured by the property and other adjustments are $13.9 million. The company intends to use the proceeds to pay down outstanding borrowings on its credit facility and fund its development program.
WESTMONT, ILL. — Marcus & Millichap has brokered the $6.3 million sale of a Fresenius-occupied medical office property in Westmont, a western suburb of Chicago. Located at 700 Pasquinelli Drive, the building serves as a vascular repair center operated by Makris MD Vascular Center, a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care. Fresenius recently extended its lease for 10 years. Austin Weisenbeck and Sean Sharko of Marcus & Millichap represented the seller, a limited liability company.
ELMHURST AND ADDISON, ILL. — Lee & Associates has negotiated two industrial leases totaling 67,244 square feet in DuPage County. Woodland Group, a privately owned logistics, e-commerce and supply chain management company, signed a 38,475-square-foot lease renewal at 325 W. Lake St. in Elmhurst. Kenneth Franzese and John Cassidy of Lee & Associates of Illinois represented the tenant, while Tom Maher of Hamilton Partners represented the landlord. Bauderer Packaging signed a 28,769-square-foot lease at 775 Belden Ave. in Addison. The 200,907-square-foot property is now fully occupied. Jeff Janda and Michael Plumb of Lee & Associates of Illinois represented the landlord, Link Logistics. Rick Morris of Cresa represented the tenant.
Entre Commercial Realty Brokers Sale-Leaseback of 66,786 SF Industrial Building in Morton Grove, Illinois
MORTON GROVE, ILL. — Entre Commercial Realty has brokered the sale-leaseback of a 66,786-square-foot industrial building in Morton Grove, a northern suburb of Chicago. Located at 5940 Oakton St., the property features four docks, four drive-in doors and a special use permit for an auto repair and body shop. Denise Chaimovitz of Entre brokered the transaction. Service King will continue leasing nearly 28,000 square feet, and the seller, Lin-Mar, will lease back roughly 39,000 square feet. Venture One Real Estate was the buyer.
RIVERWOODS, ILL. — Marcus & Millichap has arranged the $2.5 million sale of a 4,400-square-foot fuel station and convenience store occupied by Thorntons in Riverwoods, a northern suburb of Chicago. The newly constructed property is located at 1055 N. Milwaukee Ave. Thorntons recently signed a 20-year, absolute net ground lease. Nicholas Kanich of Marcus & Millichap represented the seller, a national real estate developer. The property sold to a Chicago-based private investor completing a 1031 exchange.
CHICAGO — Monarch Realty Partners has brokered the sale of a 15-unit apartment building in Chicago’s far south Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Located at 2537 W. 63rd St., the property features two commercial spaces. Robert Berman of Monarch represented the long-term, local owner in the sale. The property sold to an out-of-state buyer for an undisclosed price.
DES PLAINES, ILL. — CP Capital US has sold The Monarch, a 236-unit apartment complex in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The buyer and purchase price were not disclosed. CP Capital completed The Monarch in 2020 and sold it fully leased. Amenities include a fitness center, pool, yoga studio, parking garage, game room, pet spa, dog park and clubhouse. The community is situated adjacent to Forest Preserves of Cook County, which offers numerous outdoor recreational activities and a network of hiking and biking trails.
GLENVIEW, ILL. — California-based Upside Foods, which produces lab-grown meat from animal cells, has unveiled plans to build its first commercial factory in Glenview, a northern suburb of Chicago. Called Rubicon, the facility will total 187,000 square feet. The factory will start by producing ground cultivated chicken products, with plans to expand to other species and formats in the future. Upside Foods will be the first tenant at the industrial park that is currently under construction at the site of the former Allstate corporate campus, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Upside Foods says it is investing $140 million in the Midwest region and creating more than 75 new jobs.