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JLL Completes 145K-SF Lease Renewal in Downtown Chicago

Fifth Third Bank renewed its 145,000-square-foot lease at 222 South Riverside Plaza in downtown Chicago. The firm has been a tenant in the building since 2005, and occupies the top floors in addition to a 4,000-square-foot retail bank branch on the ground floor.

The deal marks the second major lease renewal for the 40-story West Loop Office Tower – Trading Technologies renewed its lease earlier this year. Both renewals come after ownership invested nearly $50 million in renovations at the building.

“This has been a most transformative year for 222 South Riverside, where we’re now able to offer our tenants an entirely new experience,” said JLL’s Nikki Kern. She goes on to say, “that it’s great to see the recommitment of major tenants like Fifth Third Bank and Trading Technologies.”

CBRE’s Cal Wessmen and Brad Serot represented Fifth Third Bank. JLL’s Nikki Kern and Kim Doyle represented the owner, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.

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About Dennis Kaiser

Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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