David Baum is a leading figure in Chicago's real estate development and retail leasing communities. Since co-founding Baum Development, LLC in 1989 and Baum Realty Group, Inc. in 1991, David has cultivated the businesses from start-ups into a highly regarded development firm and Chicago's leading retail brokerage firm.
Baum Development (now Baum Revision) is David’s award-winning triple bottom line development company, which has received recognition and accolades for its commitment to historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and revitalizing communities. David has successfully led the company in the development of over 100 residential, retail, office and mixed-use developments throughout the Chicago area and the Western United States.
David is often a featured speaker for real estate and business groups, Universities, and forums. He was named one of Crain's Chicago Business' "40 Under 40" leaders and was featured in Real Estate Chicago's "40 Under 40" edition as well.
David is an advisor for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), serves on the board of Chicago TREND (Transforming Retail Economics of Neighborhood Development), and a contributor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Beige Book. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, The Economic Club of Chicago, and the U.S. Green Business Council.