since signing the lease lastyear.


"REI opened just a little more than a month ago, and they'vebeen pleased with first month sales. This is their first locationin the Chicago area," Drew tells "The retail has beenabout what we've expected in this market. We've had some inquiriesfrom furniture, home goods and medical imaging companies. Thenumber of users for 30,000 square feet are few, and we've talked toa few of them over the past year. Given the uncertainty now, weprobably won't hear anything until after the first of theyear."


He says the medical office has been doing exceptionally well.Town & Country, represented in the lease by Ira Perlman withHoward Ecker and Co., moved from 2073 N. Clyborn and joins otherBlackhawk tenants Advocate Health Centers, Pine Dental, AssociatedAllergists and Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, which isopening a new pediatric and internal medicine office there inspring 2009. "I attribute the success primarily to the impact ofthe announced relocation of Children's Memorial Hospital. A numberof neighborhood medical practices want to remain around here anddon't want to move to Streeterville," Drew says. The developmentalso includes a 550-space parking garage that provides easy accessto patients, he says.


Blackhawk is a block away from the planned Apple store at Northand Clybourn, and is right across the street from Structured's$220 million NewCity project, which will have 400,000 square feet of retail and280 apartments. This project, about 50% leased, Drew says won'tcome online until 2010. "For Blackhawk, we're trying to get theretail that doesn't want to wait until then to open," he says.

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