CHICAGO-Microsoft Corp., with its corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA, has signed a lease for a total of 78,000 sf at the Aon Center, at 200 E. Randolph St. Microsoft will use the space for its headquarters for the Midwest District, which includes Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. The company will move into the Aon Center on Jan. 1, says Steve Smith, managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle. The term of the lease is “just under 11 years,” Smith says.

Steve Steinmeyer, Don Schulz and Luanne Reedy, all with JLL, represented Microsoft in the lease transaction. Smith and Mike Curran, SVP, represented building owner Piedmont Realty Trust. The lease included a tenant improvement allowance and some free rent, Smith says.

Microsoft is relocating from 77 W. Wacker, where it occupies about 48,000 sf, Smith says. The company will occupy the 30th and 31st floors of the 83-story building and will have client showroom space on the mezzanine on the second floor, which has taller ceilings. “They wanted something that was a little bit more impressive and a little bit non-traditional, in terms of typical office space,” he says.

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