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Since it was founded in 1993 by CEO, Tim Anderson, Focus has consistently delivered high-quality, beautiful buildings that blend seamlessly into the context of the existing architecture.

Focus has an extensive portfolio of completed work in communities such as: Chicago, Evanston, Forest Park, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Oak Park, Wheaton and Winnetka. With its multi-disciplinary team of professionals, the company has earned an exceptional reputation for credibility and competency. The recent record-setting sales of Kelmscott Park in Lake Forest, Illinois for $484,000 per unit, and Circa 922 in Chicago’s West Loop for $500,000 per unit, are testaments to Focus’ ongoing success.

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The team at Focus did an excellent job with the renovations at Evanston Place on a very tight timeline. Their approach to the job ensured that the building was available before the fall lease-up began and enabled ownership to activate the new units in time for the beginning of the 2018-2019 semester.

Ralph Loielo, AIMCO

Associate Bank

You learn a lot about an organization when you partner with them on multiple projects in a relative short span of time. We have worked with the Focus team on several high-profile apartment developments in the last five years. In all instances Focus’s performance has been excellent. From meeting timely schedules to providing a top-quality end product all while coming in on-budget. Focus delivered time and again. The accounting, reporting and project oversight is always professional as is the communication with their clients.

Construction projects can certainly test the limits of collaboration and coordination between parties and Focus delivers here as well. Any difficulties that are encountered they are quick to find solutions and quickly resolve any issues. We have enjoyed our working relationship with Focus and look forward to more opportunities to work together with them.

Andrew Aaronson, Vice President of Atlantic Residential

Castlelake L.P.

Centennial Real Estate


Citizens Bank

City of Evanston


Guggenheim Investments

We had the pleasure of working with Focus on the sale of Courthouse Apartments in Wheaton. Goals and expectations were laid out at the beginning of the relationship and throughout the sale process their team was easy to work with thanks to their clear communication. The quality of the project and the value of the property made for a strong position and our team ultimately sold Courthouse Apartments for a record setting price for the county.

Marty O'Connell, Senior Managing Director of JLL

Keystone Ventures, LLC

Klutznick Enterprises

Lennar Multifamily Communities

Lou Malnati's Corporation


Focus was our joint venture partner on Courthouse Square Apartments in Wheaton, IL. This project was our first with Focus, who served as both general contractor and developer. Like most developments, this project produced some unexpected challenges during construction that were met head on from Focus’s experienced team. With each challenge, the Focus team provided well thought out solutions and recommendations for the venture to consider. Communication was refreshingly transparent throughout all stages of the development and lease-up. The end result was a very happy client from a project that was delivered on time, on budget (including some project upgrades) and exceeded proforma expectations. We look forward to many more successful projects with Focus.

David Straka, Senior Asset Manager at Principal

Shapack Partners

Soul City Church

Speedwagon Properties

The Carlyle Group has partnered with Focus on four multifamily development projects in the Chicago market over the last seven years. While each deal presented its own set of complexities and challenges, Focus delivered on time and on budget in every case. Led by Tim Anderson, the Focus team is a pleasure to work with day in and day out. Carlyle looks forward to our next investment opportunity with this top tier developer and contractor!

Brian Nelson, Vice President of the Carlyle Group

The Hunt Group

The Taxman Corporation

USAA Real Estate

Village of Oak Park

Focus came to the Village Board promising an upscale residential development with resort style amenities. With the delivery of the Atworth at Mellody Farm, it is obvious they have not disappointed.

The Atworth” boasts units with upgraded kitchens and first rate amenities including a pool, bocce ball courts and outdoor grills.

With a proven record of accomplishment, having successfully completed the mixed-use building in the Vernon Hills Town Center in 2010, Focus is once again delivered a development the entire community can be proud of.

Roger Byrne, Mayor of the Village of Vernon Hills

Walton Street Capital

Wintrust has partnered with Focus on several ventures including most recently, the Residences at Kelmscott Park which set a record at the time of its sale in 2020. With every deal it is clear that Focus brings a high level of competence, experience and creative thinking to the table. Team members communicate clearly, drive solutions and work to build value throughout the life of the project.

Edward Whemer, Founder and CEO

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