Hi, we're Colliers | Chicago
Since 1947, Colliers | Chicago has provided effective real estate solutions to clients across the greater Chicago area. Comprised of more than 300 real estate advisors, property management professionals and staff, Colliers | Chicago provides a full range of real estate services to investors, property owners, tenants and developers in a number of industries, including Chicago’s burgeoning tech industry.
Making an Impact in Chicago
Our rich history in the Chicago area dates to 1947 when Bennett & Kahnweiler was founded by real estate legends Marshall Bennett and Louis Kahnweiler. Kahnweiler, a Chicago native and U.S. Navy vet, gained a reputation for fighting for every last cent for his clients. Bennett & Kahnweiler was best known for the development of the 2,300-acre Centex Industrial Park in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, which resulted in the firm’s reputation as an industrial powerhouse--a reputation that has since endured. To provide our clients with a more diverse set of global real estate services, we proudly joined the Colliers International family where we now offer our clients a full suite of in-house real estate services.
In many respects we are still Lou Kahnweiler. As zealous advocates for our clients, we continue to fight for every last cent. Only today we do so under one name, one brand and one operating philosophy: Colliers International.
At Colliers, we are committed to our craft but we’re also committed to our local communities. We show compassion for those in need and are generous in giving our time and resources. In 2018, our support exceeded $450,000 and hundreds of hours to numerous local organizations. Sixty-five percent of Colliers | Chicago brokers volunteer, hold positions on boards, mentor or give back in a meaningful way. In addition, dozens of women from Colliers | Chicago annually participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build event.
The highest industry honors in the Chicago area are awarded at the annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). Equally as prestigious is being honored by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). In addition to Colliers | Chicago being awarded the following honors, we have been a finalist for 27 GCFD and NAIOP awards in the last five years.
- Broker Transaction of the Year - Industrial Investment (2019)
- Broker Transaction of the Year - Industrial Investment (2016)
- Suburban Office Transaction of the Year (2015)
- Industrial Build-to-Suit of the Year (2015)
- Industrial Broker of the Year (2013)
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
- Winner, Largest Dollar Volume Transaction – Office for Lease (2017)
- Winner, Largest Dollar Volume Transaction – Industrial Investment Sale with a Platinum Sponsor (2017)
With 12 active SIORs in Colliers | Chicago, and more than 500 nationwide, we are proud to have more SIOR members than any other firm in the U.S.
From Fortune 500 companies and global institutional investors to family-owned businesses and private investors, we represent dynamic clients who choose us for our expertise and unique attention to the overall client experience. Being “easy to do business with” is a pillar of working with Colliers | Chicago. In partnership with our clients, we make real estate a competitive business advantage and a strong financial asset. We raise the bar in professional services when we exceed expectations, both in the business outcomes we achieve and the personal experience we deliver.
Executive Managing Director | Mkt Ldr Chicago
Chicago - Downtown
Jim Carris is the Executive Managing Director and Market Leader for Colliers International | Chicago. Jim brings more than 30 years’ experience to Colliers, where he leads the Colliers team in Chicago and drives the firm’s overall regional operations and business strategy. In this role, Jim provides direct oversight for the firm’s Rosemont and downtown Chicago offices, overseeing the office advisory, industrial advisory, agency leasing, land, retail and investment groups.
Prior to joining Colliers in 2018, Jim was Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s Chicago region, where he was a member of the Executive Committee and drove the firm's overall regional operations and business strategy. In addition, Jim had direct oversight for several of CBRE’s largest business lines.
Before joining CBRE in 2011, Jim was a Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), where he provided strategic oversight and management of various account teams that completed more than 400 transactions, involving 13 million square feet of space, $250 million of invested capital and sustainable cost savings of more than $50 million. He was also a member of the firm's Integrated Program Management Advisory Board, helping drive improvements and best practices.
Prior to joining JLL, Jim oversaw global real estate operations – including numerous office, industrial and land transactions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. – for BP's former chemical subsidiary, Innovene. Prior to that, he managed award-winning redevelopments of several refineries, terminals and other large contaminated properties for BP. As part of his responsibilities, he was also project executive for BP's 640-acre multi-use commercial development, Cantera, in Chicago's west suburbs. In the decade prior to joining BP, he was the Chief Executive of Dos Griegos Corporation, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based privately held, multi-use real estate development company, and, before that, he served as a practicing attorney with the Amoco Oil Company and Homart Development Company.
A resident of Lake Forest, Jim served as a member of the city's Planning Commission and is active with numerous community and charitable organizations including serving on the Boards of NAIOP Chicago, The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital Pro-Am Golf Committee and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and, as the executive sponsor of various charitable events, raising over $5,000,000 for local charities.
Chief Operating Officer
Chicago - Rosemont
As Chief Operating Officer for Colliers International | Chicago, I oversee overall business operations for more than 275 professionals in Colliers’ Chicago-area offices, including business development, client service, finance, human resources, marketing and strategic direction.
In addition, I co-lead Colliers’ Real Estate Management Services division in the Chicago area, including responsibility for more than 45 million square feet in 300+ properties. The division includes a staff of 138 property management, engineering and construction personnel in 20 local offices. I have demonstrated success integrating Colliers’ teams across divisions – including marketing, leasing, advisory and investment sales – to provide clients with exceptional, value-added service.
Prior to Colliers, I was the director of property management for the Chicago Suburban Market with Lincoln Property Company Commercial, providing property management, construction management and acquisition due diligence services for corporate clients and joint venture partners. My oversight included daily operations, execution of capital programs, contract administration, service specifications, fiscal/financial controls, lease administration and budgeting.
Prior to Lincoln Property Company, I worked as a portfolio manager for Prentiss Properties Limited, where I oversaw property and construction management of a 2 million-square-foot office and industrial portfolio in Chicago, including the operation and redevelopment of 123 North Wacker Drive. It involved fast-paced due diligence and acquisitions often leading to redevelopment of acquired properties through capital programs.
I also previously worked as a project architect with VOA Associates providing commercial property development services in Illinois, Ohio and Florida. I also worked as a software programmer for the Army Corps of Engineers Construction Research Laboratory.