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2545 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

MIXED USE BUILDING IN LOGAN SQUARE

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Size: 272,000 square feet

Acquisition Date: 2006

Green Exchange is the country's largest commercial real estate development designed for the advancement of green business. The project began as a mission to move the green marketplace from niche to mainstream and has succeeded by bringing together an opportune mix of exceptional organizations under one roof. The result is a dynamic environment that fosters connections and provides constant opportunities for green businesses to grow.

The four-story, 272,000 square foot building was converted in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and has received the highest level of certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Vassar Swiss Co., pictured in 1914

Originally constructed in 1912 as a warehouse for the Vassar Underwear Company, the building was last used by the Cooper Lamp Company as a factory. When we acquired the building in 2006, it was vacant and dilapidated, requiring a complete renovation. By working with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and the National Park Service, we were able to obtain landmark protection for this historic building and have maintained 96% of the original structure throughout renovations. We have successfully transformed the existing building into a Class A, eco-friendly property that is an epicenter for green businesses and organizations in the Midwest. 

Before After

The rehabilitated building provides significant retail presence, with showroom galleries, office space, incubator lofts and attractive common areas. In 2011, tenants began moving in, and today occupancy is at 94%. The property is anchored by Coyote Logistics, voted the #1 place to work in Chicago, and one of the coolest office spaces in Chicago. As America’s largest green business community, the campus houses over 20 businesses and 1,200 people.

The Coyote Logistics Headquarters at Green Exchange

Features include a sky garden, an on-site restaurant, an expansive meeting and event space, five rooftop beehives, and an adjacent urban farm. The property is located directly adjacent to Interstate 90/94, visible to more than 2,000,000 people each week, and serves as an icon of green development and sustainability for the City of Chicago.

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Awards:

  • 2015 Chicago's Coolest Offices Judge's Pick the Coyote Logistics HQ at Green Exchange was selected in Crain's Chicago Business
  • 2014 Preservation Excellence Award for Exterior Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse from the City of Chicago and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks; view PDF
  • 2013 Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project for evolving a historical building into a revitalized, successful business center; press release
  • 2013 Merit Award for Commercial Design and Landscape, from the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • 2012 Chicago Association of Realtors Bruce Abrams Award, the Good Neighbor Awards’ highest honor, for “quality construction, service to a special population, green benefits, market value and architectural significance; a game-changing commercial renovation project”;
  • Best Place to Work in Chicago (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) Coyote Logistics was voted the best place to work in Chicago, five years in a row, by the Chicago Tribune; read more

[Green Exchange] is a great example of the public-private partnerships that are working together to help make Chicago one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the nation.
— former Chicago Mayor, Richard M. Daley

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel holds a press conference at Green Exchange