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201105 May 2011

2010 Chicago Real Estate Trek
On February 16th, a group of 10 Kellogg first-year students attended the 2010 Chicago Real Estate Trek in downtown Chicago organized by Jay Patel ’12, Lee Eisenstein ’12 and Devin Duffy ’12. On March 2nd, the Kellogg Real Estate Program sponsored the 4th Annual Distinguished Alumni Panel titled “Shovel Ready: The Future of Real Estate Development.”

201206 June 2012

A Policy Assessment for Commercial Office Development in Evanston, Illinois

201301 January 2013

Kellogg Real Estate Lab –Tax Increment Financing (“TIF”) in Evanston

201406 June 2014

Kellogg Real Estate Lab - Revitalizing Chicago’s Union Station

Under the supervision of Professor Therese McGuire, a group of Kellogg students spent the 2014 winter quarter examining the potential repurposing of Union Station’s Headhouse as a way to revitalize the Union Station area. The students – Evan Dadosky, Leonardo Fernandes, Matthew Klein, Kristopher Lowes, Jennifer Nichols, and Sean O’Grady – presented their findings and recommendations before staff and members of the Metropolitan Planning Council and World Business Chicago on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Another student, Aaron Toppston, participated fully in the lab class during the first half of the quarter.

Union Station consists of two separate and distinct structures, the Concourse, where passengers board and disembark from trains, and the Headhouse, consisting of the iconic Great Hall and eight stories of office space once occupied by the railroad companies who owned Union Station. Amtrak currently occupies 50,000 of the roughly 500,000 of available rentable square feet in the Headhouse. Amtrak generates revenue from the Headhouse by renting out the Great Hall for various functions, but otherwise the building is underutilized despite its prime location in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. During the course of the lab, the students aimed to provide a proposal to redevelop the Headhouse with the dual goals of enhancing the economic impact of Union Station on the West Loop neighborhood and providing incentives for Amtrak, the station’s owner, to pursue the project.

In order to understand how best to repurpose the Headhouse, the students analyzed four potential property types: (1) office, (2) retail, (3) multifamily, and (4) hotel. After evaluating existing and proposed construction in each of these different asset types, together with evaluating the current vacancy rates, market rates and associated trends, the team determined that a hotel would likely constitute the best use of the Headhouse. While the supply of hotel rooms is expected to increase in the overall Chicago market, the students noted that the West Loop comprises a miniscule share of the hotel rooms in Chicago’s Central Business District, and there is no upscale hotel brand currently operating in the West Loop submarket. This presents an opportunity for a redeveloped Headhouse to attract both business and tourist travelers who previously might have avoided the West Loop due to its lack of suitable hotel choices.

The students also determined that the redevelopment of the Headhouse as a hotel would allow for incorporation of the historical significance of the property, an important consideration for branding efforts. After evaluating branding efforts at locations such as the Liberty Hotel in Boston and Union Station in Nashville, among others, it became clear to the team that incorporating historical elements, while at the same time redeveloping the Headhouse to revitalize and draw people to the West Loop neighborhood, could strongly impact economic development in the community.

In order to assess the financial feasibility of the project, the team consulted industry experts to determine reasonable assumptions for construction costs and pro forma cash flows. In addition, the students also studied similar public-private-partnership transactions to determine the appropriate structure of a potential deal. The team determined that the redevelopment would likely need to be done through a lease structure with a developer, rather than an outright sale. Ultimately the team’s financial analysis supported their conclusion that a hotel would provide the most value in the current market.

The Kellogg team would like to thank Mary Sue Barrett and Chrissy Mancini Nichols of MPC for providing information, insights and encouragement throughout the project. In addition, the team would like to thank Jasin Alfaro of AJ Capital, Dave Cocagne of Vermilion Development, Samir Mayekar of SiNode Systems, and Elizabeth Ziegler of the Kellogg School of Management for sharing their experiences and expertise as guest audience members during a dry-run presentation.

201406 June 2014

Inaugural Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition
On Monday, April 28, the inaugural Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition took place at Northwestern’s Chicago Campus. MBA teams from Booth, Columbia, Harvard, INSEAD, Kellogg, London Business School, and Wharton participated in the competition. The team from INSEAD won the competition and a $25,000 cash prize for their innovative idea of introducing rotary parking systems to U.S. cities with parking in short supply.

The judges included a distinguished group of real estate professionals: 

  • Erwin K. Aulis, COO, Northwood Investors
  • Jeffrey D. Furber, CEO, AEW Capital Management ; Board Chairman, AEW Europe
  • Christopher Merrill, Co-founder, President and CEO, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
  • Stephen R. Quazzo, Co-founder and CEO, Pearlmark Real Estate Partners 



201306 June 2013

12th Annual Booth-Kellogg Real Estate Challenge

201309 September 2013

Real Estate Program Scholarship

201312 December 2013

Kellogg Student Awarded Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (“SIOR”) Scholarship

201209 September 2012

2012 Scholarship Awards

201209 September 2012

Real Estate Challenge

201209 September 2012

2012 Kellogg Real Estate Experiential Lab Courses

201209 September 2012

Kellogg Top Real Estate Student Award

201209 September 2012

The State of the Real Estate Program

200911 November 2009

Kellogg Team Takes 3rd Place at 2009 National Real Estate Challenge
Kellogg won 3rd place when 20 graduate student teams from top schools competed in the annual real estate finance case competition hosted by McCombs School of Business.

201107 July 2011

10th Annual Booth-Kellogg Real Estate Challenge
The 10th Annual Booth-Kellogg Real Estate Challenge, hosted by the Kellogg School of Management Real Estate Program, took place on Friday, June 3rd at the University Club in Chicago. This was the first year that the competition was open to the public. Students from both Booth and Kellogg were given a mandate to invest between $500 million and $1 billion for the privatization of a public equity REIT. The team from Kellogg included part-time students Toby Veit and Todd Barthel, and full-time students Mike Fishbein, Matt Graham and Kaikai Xu.

200909 September 2009

The Chicago 2016 Olympic Games: A Real Estate Lifeline?
As anticipation builds for the upcoming announcement of the 2016 Olympic bid winner, few Chicago industries have as much potential to gain from the International Olympic Committee’s October 2nd decision as the real estate community. With residential and commercial property values plummeting across the globe and recovery expected to take years, the city of Chicago (like most cities) is in desperate need of a catalyst to spark development and acquisition activity. The question on many real estate locals’ minds is: will the 2016 Summer Olympic Games provide that spark, and will Olympic- related transactions ultimately be profitable and sustainable?

201001 January 2010

Jack and Goldie Wolfe-Miller Fund sponsors LEED Course
On Saturday, January 23, 2010, a group of Kellogg students undertook training to prepare them to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation. LEED is a third-party certification program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance “green” buildings.

201006 June 2010

Kellogg Team Victorious in 9th Annual Real Estate Challenge
Six students from the Kellogg School of Management were named winners of the ninth annual Kellogg-Booth Real Estate Challenge.

200906 June 2009

Kellogg Team Wins Kellogg-Booth Real Estate Competition

201112 December 2011

KREAC has recently transitioned to a new leadership team

201105 May 2011

Real Estate Entrepreneurship at Kellogg
This winter, Kellogg introduced a new course offering called Real Estate Entrepreneurship. William M. Bennett created and instructed the course through creating a framework for students to understand the lifecycle and process of leading a real estate project from the Principal’s role.

201012 December 2010

Real Estate Lab Course Sponsored by Caesars Entertainment

201012 December 2010

2010 New York Real Estate Trek

201112 December 2011

Kellogg Students Trek to New York

200808 August 2008

Tribute to Mr. David K. Hill Jr.

Sadly, David K. Hill, Jr., one of the members of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research Advisory Board, philanthropist, developer and family man passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008. He was 67.

201003 March 2010

Kellogg Students Take 2nd Place at 2010 UNC Real Estate Development Challenge