Our Services

SVN|Chicago Commercial® provides commercial real estate knowledge and expertise that transcends typical brokerage services. We’re in the business of listening, understanding, and adding value. Below please find our list of advisory services covering various asset classes and specialties. Our goal is to listen, collaborate and serve your commercial real estate needs with Character, Competency and Certainty.


Retail Properties

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a local strip center, larger anchored or shadow anchored malls or large regional power centers, the SVN Retail Team stands ready to serve your needs. We have market expertise on all sizes of local retail centers located within our own geographic area of focus and have access to a national network of retail properties all over the country regardless of size.

Office Property Sales

When you’re looking to buy or sell a Class C office building in a tertiary market, a suburban Class A building, or a CBD trophy high-rise, the SVN Office Team stands ready to serve your needs. In today’s world of rampant vacancies, we can help evaluate the needs of the asset and client and work in conjunction with our office leasing Advisors to stabilize the asset before or after sale.

Multi-Family Properties

Our national Multi-Family Team offer both national reach and local expertise. When you’re looking to buy or sell a single property or a geographically diversified portfolio, SVN Advisors have the capability and capacity to advise you on all of your multi-family needs. Our team routinely works on properties ranging in scope and scale from a small apartment property in a tertiary market to large institutional caliber multi-state portfolios. We don’t discriminate based upon size (large or small) as we value long-term client relationships which requires working at all ends of the multi-family property spectrum.

SVN Restaurant Resource Group

The SVN Restaurant Resource Group provides high level services to clients in the hospitality industry. Restaurants, Nightclubs, Taverns, Bakeries, Caterers, Hotels, and Food Processors and Manufacturers rely on our experience, our local market knowledge, our industry relationships, and our technology advantage.

SVN’s hospitality Advisors are industry experts who assist clients in all of the following areas:

Site Search and Selection

Whether you are planning a fast, casual, or fine dining establishment, our Advisors help you find the location that makes the success of your business possible. We thoroughly analyze an array of data, including but not limited to local demographics, traffic counts and patterns, spending habits, zoning, and pedestrian traffic. Our resources and experience make us a powerful ally in the downtown market, the city’s neighborhoods and the surrounding suburbs. With a national network of over 900 SVN advisors our consultants can provide site selection and transaction services across the United States.

Tenant Representation

Our Advisors allow tenants to focus on the thing they do best – running their business. Once we analyze your specific space needs, we use our experience with real estate owners to negotiate the best terms and conditions for your lease. Today’s commercial real estate market is complex and challenging, and our Group has the experience and expertise to put you in the best location with the best property owner. That is what we do best.

Landlord Representation

The SVN Restaurant Resource Group develops strategies to help landlords create great returns on their real estate assets. We position your property in the market, we develop strong marketing campaigns, we target the most appropriate tenants, and we guide negotiations to completion. Our team understands local market conditions for tenants and landlords alike, and with our understanding of trends we create profitable combinations of properties and businesses.

Business Sales & Acquisitions

The SVN Restaurant Resource Group team of licensed business brokers assists operators in the profitable purchase and disposition of businesses. Our experience in Confidential Sales, Stock Sales, Asset Sales, Subleasing, and Assignment for the benefit of creditors assures you of a successful result. Our creative and experienced professionals possess years of experience in contract negotiation, liquor licensing, zoning, and code compliance. We do not charge marketing fees for our business sale clients.


The SVN Restaurant Resource Group positions clients to benefit from its location specific market knowledge, and its creative and aggressive planning and execution. Our goal is to optimize the outcome for clients in all market conditions, whether favorable or unfavorable. Whether the market is improving slowly or rapidly, contact us early in the leasing process to insure a well planned campaign with the best possible outcome.

In addition to its internal resources, SVN utilizes a myriad of marketing avenues to provide maximum exposure and search optimization for our clients, including…

Multiple Listing Service (MLS) | Loopnet | CIMLS | CoStar | BizBuySell.com | Cityfeet | LinkedIn | Food Industry News

Trade Groups and Associations

Below is a partial list of groups our advisors are active members of…

Chicago Restaurant Brokers Association | Illinois Restaurant Association | Chicago Culinary Museum & Chef’s Hall of Fame | Les Amis d’ Escoffier Society | International Council of Shopping Centers | National Association of Realtors | Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors | Chicago Association of Realtors | Illinois Association of Realtors

Team Members

Jim Martin | Marcus Sullivan | Tim Rasmussen | Leslie Karr | Scott Reinish | Lorile Herlihy | Michael Elam


Industrial Property Sales

The national Industrial Team offers both national reach and local expertise across all industrial property types. If you’re looking to buy, sell or lease light industrial or flex space, a large industrial park, or a free standing net-leased industrial building, the SVN Industrial Team stands ready to serve your needs. SVN Advisors provide specific knowledge of the factors that impact industrial investment such as market demographics, site plans, tenant mixes, tenant credit, and traffic patterns, bringing the highest value proposition to their clients. [/toggle][toggle title=”Land”]
When looking to buy, sell or lease un-entitled raw land for future development, immediately break ground on fully entitled land, receive assistance in site selection, or land bank for speculative purposes, the SVN Land Team stands ready to serve your needs. SVN advisors arm clients with all the information that could affect their investment such as site specifics like location, population shifts, cycles of consumer behavior, development opportunities and new zoning laws to name just a few.


Leasing - Tenant Representation - Owner Representation


SVN has worked with developers, owners, banks and investors across the country to help them determine highest and best use in order to maximize both NOI and valuation. SVN Leasing Advisors leverage state of the art technology and business intelligence platforms that go far beyond the tools of typical brokerage firms. Our SVN Leasing Team can assist principals in adding value to their properties to increase velocity of lease-up and maximizing occupancy at market leading percentages.

Tenant Representation Retail-Office-Industrial

 SVN offers Tenant Representations services for local, regional and national tenants. Our capabilities equip tenants with the best market knowledge available. Utilizing our tenant representation services will ensure that landlords compete for your tenancy, thus providing you with the right space at the right price.

Buy / Sell a Business

Have you been thinking about selling your company? Or you’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and are finally ready to buy a new business?

While it’s exciting to think about the future, we understand what you’re going through. It can be stressful to make such important decisions when you have more questions than answers. Our expert advisors are uniquely qualified to help because they have first-hand experience personally buying and selling their own commercial real estate in Northern Colorado.

It can be daunting. Think about this. If you were faced with a dangerous mine field that you had to cross, would you rather attempt it on your own and brave the potential dangers alone or would you rather have someone who had already crossed that mine field take you by the hand and show you where to step and where not to step?

Because our business sale advisors have already successfully navigated through that mine field themselves, you can be assured that you’ll have only the best on your side. Our advisory services will assist you with:

  • A business competitive valuation
  • A financial review of the opportunity
  • A historical sales trends analysis
  • Exit strategies
  • Recommendations for tax planning specialists for your business

We’d love to take your hand and help you through this experience. To discover more about business opportunities that might be right for you, please contact us.


Distressed Properties

Are you upside down in your loan? Or maybe you’re hoping to find a bargain. Either way, our short sale foreclosure experts can help.

We understand. It’s a tough economy and many people are worried about the future. With SVN on your side, you can rest easy knowing that we’re fighting for you. Our expert real estate advisors will take the time to educate you on the intricacies of distressed properties to help you avoid the pitfalls that have trapped so many others.


SVN can help you with…

Process planning to determine the best approach for purchasing the property
Financial strategies to ensure you don’t end up in the same distressed situation
Opportunity categorization to make sure the property is a true opportunity


SVN can help you…

  • Price your property for the highest price possible while preparing your property to sell as quickly as possible
  • Work with your tax planner to develop strategies to avoid over-paying next April
  • Determine if an auction service is right for you
  • Understand the ins and outs of short sales and foreclosures
  • Negotiate with your lenders in a short sale to fight for your best interest

If you’re the owner of a property in danger of short sale or foreclosure or if you’re just considering buying a distressed property, one of our advisors will be happy to meet with you to discuss the best strategy for your situation. Just give us a call.