The Chicago Bears announced today that the new downtown office space at 123 N. Wacker Dr. has officially been completed. The space, which was designed with an emphasis on employee collaboration, satisfaction and future growth, includes 35 staff members, who were relocated from Soldier Field to the 11,000-square-foot leased office space.
The space includes eight interior private offices, which allows for sunlight to reach all workstations in the open-concept floor plan. In addition to two private phone rooms, the office includes a wellness room for nursing mothers or other staff needs. There are two lounge spaces for staff, in addition to the staff café.
The main conference room, named the Papa Bear Conference Room, overlooks the Chicago River and is 418-square feet. The office includes one additional conference room named Halas Hall South, which has artwork highlighting the organization’s history, tradition and many on-field achievements, and one meeting room for internal use named The Huddle Room.
The main hallway is lined with a subtle navy wall print highlighting the 32 Formation Play #54 in George Halas’ playbook. Parts of that wall also include “turf” overlaid by stenciled metal lettering featuring various team slogans. Covering the exposed brick café wall is an original mural created by local graffiti artist Stuk One, which depicts the city skyline on top of a bear’s back, all in front of the Chicago flag.
Throughout the regular season, the exterior lights above the entrance at 123 N. Wacker Dr. and around the 28th floor’s outdoor deck will light up blue and orange on the night before and of each Bears game.
J.C. Anderson served as the team’s general contractor and JLL has served as the organization’s property broker. HOK was the architect for the downtown office space, along with the previously announced Halas Hall expansion project.
A select group of staff will continue working from the stadium. The team’s existing office space at Soldier Field will be upgraded and repurposed as conference rooms and internal gameday use.
Situated on the southeast corner of Randolph and Wacker, the 30-story office building is located within blocks of Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center and various CTA stations, along with convenient proximity to highway and Lake Shore Drive access. The building includes a state-of-the-art tenant fitness center and personal daily laundry service and is also undergoing renovations to the tenant lounge, conferencing center, private tenant roof deck, bicycle storage and concierge services.
HOK’s Interior Designer Mary Campbell: “The Bears’ new downtown offices will be a showcase space for the organization. Throughout the design process, the team was committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment for their staff and a destination for guests and partners in the heart of Chicago. These offices celebrate the Bears brand – their legacy, history and trajectory – through design.”
J.C. Anderson’s COO Steve Boulukos: “J.C. Anderson is excited about our continued partnership with the Chicago Bears! Both organizations share a rich heritage, uncompromised character and dedication to quality. As the leading interiors contractor in Chicago, we believe it’s what’s inside that matters and JCA is dedicated to building workspaces where our clients can thrive. The brand new Chicago loop office was a fun collaboration for our team. The space is impressive and we hope the Bears enjoy it as much as we enjoyed building it.”
JLL’s Managing Director David Miller: “Walking into the Bears’ new office demonstrates how much they embody team spirit both on and off the field. It’s open, collaborative and buzzing with activity, empowering employees to perform at their best for the fans. Additionally, locating close to their clients allows the team to strengthen and develop new long-lasting partnerships.”
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