chi-Bradley-final-110215-72-5272 (2)CHICAGO—Dr. David Schreiberhad searched for two years to find a Chicagolocation forCompass HealthCenter, which providespsychiatric services to patients of all ages. But like anincreasing number of office users, last year the executive directorultimately decided that an amenity-rich neighborhood on the NorthSide, one far from the downtown congestion, was the bestbet.“It was really essentialfor us to have ample free parking,” he tells GlobeSt.com, a qualitylacking in most downtown options. But theBradley Business Center, a 22-acre site at 2500 W. Bradley Pl. and 2640W. Bradley Pl. in the North Center neighborhood, offers hundreds offree parking spaces. So Compass, which also has a location insuburban Northbrook, recently took 21,000 square feet, alongside anarray of other tenants that have nearly filled the 500,000 squarefeet of office and single-story commercial space.For Compass' patients, free parking“was a game changer,” he adds. “It becomes a real hindrance if theyhave to spend $52 just to come to your office.”In addition to providing free parking, the ownersof the BBC have started bringing amenities to the North Side thattenants usually associate with downtown properties.Chicago-basedHansenRealtyand its jointventure partnerCentrumPartnersstartedassembling the first parcel of land at the center about seven yearsago. And this year, the partners will open up a gym and roof-topdeck in the former manufacturing facility. “We do a lot of stafffunctions,” Schreiber adds, and that deck will definitely get usedin the summer.As reported inGlobeSt.com, Centrum has also envisioned transforming a portion ofthe historicWieboldt'sdepartment store in Wicker Park, also on theNorth Side, into a hub for creative office users. The hope is that thewide variety of retail and entertainment options now availablethere will draw in firms looking for the lively atmosphere founddowntown, but without downtown prices.North Center has a similar vibe, says Schreiber.“This whole area has grown on so many levels; we have access to anunbelievable number of retail options.Starbucks,Mariano'sand many others are just a short distanceaway.” And the cost? “It's been very cost-effective. Wereally found a gem.”chi-Bradley-final-110215-72-5272 (2)CHICAGO—Dr. David Schreiberhad searched for two years to find a Chicagolocation forCompass HealthCenter, which providespsychiatric services to patients of all ages. But like anincreasing number of office users, last year the executive directorultimately decided that an amenity-rich neighborhood on the NorthSide, one far from the downtown congestion, was the bestbet.“It was really essentialfor us to have ample free parking,” he tells GlobeSt.com, a qualitylacking in most downtown options. But theBradley Business Center, a 22-acre site at 2500 W. Bradley Pl. and 2640W. Bradley Pl. in the North Center neighborhood, offers hundreds offree parking spaces. So Compass, which also has a location insuburban Northbrook, recently took 21,000 square feet, alongside anarray of other tenants that have nearly filled the 500,000 squarefeet of office and single-story commercial space.For Compass' patients, free parking“was a game changer,” he adds. “It becomes a real hindrance if theyhave to spend $52 just to come to your office.”In addition to providing free parking, the ownersof the BBC have started bringing amenities to the North Side thattenants usually associate with downtown properties.Chicago-basedHansenRealtyand its jointventure partnerCentrumPartnersstartedassembling the first parcel of land at the center about seven yearsago. And this year, the partners will open up a gym and roof-topdeck in the former manufacturing facility. “We do a lot of stafffunctions,” Schreiber adds, and that deck will definitely get usedin the summer.As reported inGlobeSt.com, Centrum has also envisioned transforming a portion ofthe historicWieboldt'sdepartment store in Wicker Park, also on theNorth Side, into a hub for creative office users. The hope is that thewide variety of retail and entertainment options now availablethere will draw in firms looking for the lively atmosphere founddowntown, but without downtown prices.North Center has a similar vibe, says Schreiber.“This whole area has grown on so many levels; we have access to anunbelievable number of retail options.Starbucks,Mariano'sand many others are just a short distanceaway.” And the cost? “It's been very cost-effective. Wereally found a gem.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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