CHICAGO—As reported yesterday in, the Real Estate Publishing Group brought more than 1,000 real estate professionals to the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wednesday for its 14th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference, and a big topic was the prospect for a continued migration of suburban companies into the city. Matt Carolan, managing director of Chicago-based JLL, told a morning panel that the gravitational pull of the downtown was unavoidable.

“The truth of the matter is that every company is a tech company now,” he said, because all need to utilize the power of the web and the analytical tools now available through computers. And that means in turn that companies need to recruit the young talent essential to such work. That frequently means an urban location “because the younger folks want to live in the city.” Although he understands many firms have an attachment to certain suburbs, “they also better open up an office in downtown Chicago.”

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