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chi-NEXT-20-PHOTO1 (2) Next Realty’s 7233 W. Dempster in Niles, IL, is one of the firm’s typical retail properties. It now feels it’s time to jump into the industrial sector.

CHICAGO—It’s well-known that the industrial real estate, especially in the Chicago metro area, has shown tremendous strength. And the current boom, fueled by both the overall economy and the remarkable expansion of e-commerce, looks like it’s going to last longer than past expansions. And that rosy outlook is helping pull more commercial real estate professionals into the industrial sector.

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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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