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Design Approaches in Architecture

01 February 2019 | As within any field, there are numerous ways to approach architectural design. The way you approach an initial design will shape the entire project as...
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Private Equity’s Role in Real Estate Development & Construction

01 February 2019 | Private equity and real estate development have been partners for years - collaborating to fund major development projects all over the world. Without...
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Sparking Creativity in Your Architectural Design Process

01 February 2019 | We all run into creative barriers every once in a while. Those moments when we’re just sitting in front of the computer, looking at the screen and wai...
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Desirable Skills in a Quality Architect

01 February 2019 | Architect hiring can be a daunting task, as there are many architects that may look good on paper, but don’t really live up to the praise their resume...
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Focus Feature: The Parker - Fulton Market

01 February 2019 | Designed by Booth Hansen Architects, in collaboration with Focus, the Parker was completed in 2016.
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Take a sneak peak at the future Link Evanston

15 January 2019 | The Link apartments in Evanston immediately connect to some of the best amenities in Downtown Evanston. The Link is designed for living, working and r...
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Property Development Budget Best Practices

31 December 2018 | Property development is an exciting and booming industry. In the right economy, properties are developed and planned daily. But in order to be success...
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Venture Capital's Role in Real Estate Development

24 December 2018 | The construction industry is traditionally known as one of the slowest to adapt to the technological revolution - but not anymore. Venture capitalists...
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Focus Feature: Kelmscott Park Condominiums

17 December 2018 | With the inspiration of rich tradition and amazing nature, which are typical for Lake Forest, this new luxurious community, from Focus, is sprouting o...
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Green Building Tech: Trends to Watch in 2019

10 December 2018 | Green building is on the rise worldwide. This trend started out slow, but according to the current state of things, it appears that more and more corp...
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A Developers & Contractors Guide to Solving Construction Disputes

03 December 2018 | Construction disputes can eat up much of your valuable time. As a developer or contractor delays can easily push the project beyond the deadline. Unfo...
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How Hybrid Building Technologies Can Save Your Firm Time & Money

29 November 2018 | As a commercial real estate firm, you need to be adaptable to the times. And right now, that means utilizing hybrid building technologies in your proj...
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Focus Feature: Enhancing Community One Development at a Time

28 November 2018 | At Focus we understand the importance of community. Understanding how people will engage with our work when we’re done is where we start.
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The Benefits of Using Innovative Methodologies in Construction

16 November 2018 | The construction industry never stops evolving. New technologies are implemented daily. From hybrid building technologies to 3D printing in the constr...
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The Link Evanston Construction Progress Update, November 2018

15 November 2018 | The Focus construction team continues to make progress as construction continues at the Link Evanston. Teams have secured the structure of floors 1 -3...
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Focus and partners gather to celebrate grand opening of the Atworth at Mellody Farm

13 November 2018 | On Thursday October 18th, Focus was joined by our co-developer Atlantic Realty Partners and Mellody Farm retail developer Regency Centers along with o...
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Here's what J.B. Pritzker's election means for Illinois' taxes, minimum wage, health care and more

12 November 2018 | For the second election in a row, Illinois voters have handed the governor’s office to an ultrawealthy but politically inexperienced businessman who p...
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The Benefits of an Integrated Delivery Model for your Development

09 November 2018 | The construction industry is constantly faced with endless roadblocks. Whether it’s miscommunication or a pending approval, it seems like making signi...
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Focus Celebrates the Groundbreaking of Logan Crossing

05 November 2018 | Last month, Focus joined valued clients Fifield and Terraco to celebrate the groundbreaking of their newest 3rd party general contracting project Loga...
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Top Books for General Contractors

31 October 2018 | When it comes to immediate growth and long-term development, general contractor businesses are just like any other. Growth and development require bot...
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Top Apps for General Contractors

16 October 2018 | Due to the constant tides of technological development, industries are ever changing and it’s no different for general contractors. Savvy general cont...
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Best Multifamily Contractors in Chicago

15 October 2018 | Chicago, known as the Windy City, is the birthplace of skyscrapers, and continues to be a leader in innovations in tall construction. These tall build...
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General Contractor Bonds: What They Are and Why You Need Them

10 October 2018 | A contractor bond serves as a safety measure that protects both parties: the contractor and the investor. Simply put it’s a form of surety bond that g...
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The Atworth at Mellody Farm continues to welcome new residents

31 August 2018 | The Atworth at Mellody Farm continues to cruise towards completion.
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Focus and co-developer Shapack Partners Announce New Retail Project in Fulton Market

13 August 2018 | 821 W. Lake is a new, single-story retail development in Fulton Market by Focus and co-Developer Shapack Partners. 
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Focused on Building Community with the City of Chicago's, Operation Help a Hero

09 August 2018 | In partnership with the City of Chicago and Operation Help a Hero, Focus team members collected goods throughout the month of June with the goal to pr...
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Kelmscott Park Construction Update, July 2018

01 August 2018 | Teams at Kelmscott Park celebrate another big milestone onsite with the topping off of the first condominium building.
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Focus Selected to Provide Construction Management Services for New Logan Square Apartments

30 July 2018 | Chicago based Focus is pleased to announce that they have been selected as general contractor on the new Logan Square project co-developed by Fifield ...
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Focus Joined by Stakeholders to Celebrate the Grand Opening of SCIO at the Medical District

24 July 2018 | On Thursday, June 14th, Focus was joined by partners Atlantic Realty Partners and bKL along with city officials, tenants and neighbors to celebrate th...
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The Atworth at Mellody Farm Nears Completion in Vernon Hills

26 June 2018 | The Atworth at Mellody Farm speeds towards a mid-July occupancy. The three phases of the 7 acre development have been progressing rapidly with teams...
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Focus celebrates the topping off of 3rd party project Savoy on the Park

23 May 2018 | Chicago based developer and general contractor Focus, celebrated the topping-off of our most recent 3rd party general contracting project, Savoy on th...
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Chicagoland renters and buyers are itching for walkable suburbs. Enter 'surban.'

17 May 2018 | Newbies to Chicago’s suburbs are increasingly stowing cars and slipping into walking shoes. No longer are McMansions, white picket fences and sprawli...
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Kelmscott Park Construction Update - April 2018

02 May 2018 | Our construction team is making big progress onsite at Kelmscott Park; the foundation has been poured as well as the ramp leading to underground resid...
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People on the Move

23 April 2018 | Focus, a leading Chicago-based developer/general contractor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Bulger as Project Executive to head up a ne...
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Construction closes in at the Atworth

19 April 2018 | Things are starting to take their final shape at The Atworth at Mellody Farm. The Phase 1 exterior façade is nearing completion with the Focus team ...
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Emerson developers see summer 2019 finish

17 April 2018 | Construction is getting underway for a nine-story building at 811 Emerson St. in Evanston, with the developers anticipating occupancy of the 241 units...
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7-Acre, Atworth at Mellody Farm Project - Topped Off

22 March 2018 | The Focus professional construction team was joined by key stakeholders, tradesmen, and project leaders to celebrate the topping-off of our Vernon Hil...
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Kelmscott Park Construction Updates, February 2018

19 March 2018 | Teams from Focus continued to make progress in Lake Forest as construction ramped up during the month of February.
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Celebrating the Grand Opening of the Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park

15 March 2018 | Focus recently celebrated the grand opening of The Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park. The teams at Focus and Marquette were joined by local business p...
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The changing of seasons; Winter and Construction

28 February 2018 | It’s been said there are two seasons in Chicago – “Winter and Construction”. At Focus we are keenly familiar with both. During the summer of 2014 Fo...
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Huge improvements for units at the Medical District Apartments, Now SCIO

20 February 2018 | The value add apartment renovation continues as the SCIO team at the Medical District Apartments begins to close in on completion.
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Focus breaks another record with sale of Courthouse Square

08 February 2018 | The January sale of Courthouse Square in Wheaton, IL set the record for highest per unit sale price in DuPage county. Represented by Marty O’Connell, ...
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Justin Pelej comments on the future of the multi-family market at this year's REJournals Forecast event

30 January 2018 | Focus joined industry peers for the 16th Annual, REJournals Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference to discuss the future of real estate in Chicago...
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Focus aims high with new design for Fulton Market office tower

25 January 2018 | Chicago's Fulton Market, is soon to be the new home of a recently redesigned, 17-story office building.
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Big developments in Lake Forest to kick off the New Year

11 January 2018 | The end of 2017 marked several big milestones for the in-town Lake Forest development, Kelmscott Park.
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Focus breaks record with December sale of the Parker - Fulton Market

04 January 2018 | Chicago-based Focus ended 2017 with a bang, selling their Class A Asset The Parker – Fulton Market for the highest per unit sales price in Chicago for...
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First phase of construction nearly complete in Vernon Hills

03 January 2018 | In Vernon Hills, the Atworth at Mellody Farm continues to progress rapidly as the first phase of construction is drawing to a close.
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Tour the new downtown Focus office

14 December 2017 | Focus moved from it's long-time home in Northfield, IL to the Loop in Downtown Chicago in July of 2017.
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A culture of giving

12 December 2017 | This Thanksgiving, Focus was grateful to our employees and the company culture we’ve created together.
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Tour the Kelmscott Park Model Home

07 December 2017 | Take a tour of the recently finished and decorated Kelmscott Park Model Home.
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Focus Breaks Ground On North Suburban Condos

07 December 2017 | The second phase of Focus' ambitious Kelmscott Park multifamily development in suburban Lake Forest is underway. Focus broke ground on the condominium...
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Focus Breaks Ground on Condominiums at Kelmscott Park in Lake Forest

05 December 2017 | Chicago-based Focus today announced the groundbreaking for the condominiums at Kelmscott Park, a new luxury residential community in east Lake Forest....
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Fulton Market office plan doubles in size

01 December 2017 | A previously-approved Fulton Market office project at the corner of Lake and Halsted is back with an all new and much larger design. The changes are a...
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Construction progresses in Vernon Hills

28 November 2017 | Construction on the Atworth at Mellody Farm is well-underway and with much of the exterior framing complete, the Atworth is beginning to take shape.
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Fall Construction Update

10 November 2017 | October brought significant progress on site. The brick detailing is now complete on the Franklin Apartment building and nearing completion on the We...
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Focus extends a helping hand near west-side Chicago, donates $40,000 to McCrory project

27 October 2017 | Focus is committed to partnerships in the communities where we work, a culture that extends beyond on our own properties.
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Kelmscott Park, best new development of the year

24 October 2017 | We are thrilled to announce that Focus’ Lake Forest project, Kelmscott Park has won the Chicago Agent’s Choice Award for Best New Development of the Y...

18-story West Loop apartment tower among projects approved by Chicago Plan Commission

20 October 2017 | The development is moving forward despite neighborhood opposition Today’s meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission approved a diverse selection of new...
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Focus Partners With Marquette for the Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park

04 October 2017 | Focus has named Marquette Management, Inc. as the operator for the highly anticipated Apartment Homes at Kelmscott Park.
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Summer construction makes a mark

18 September 2017 | As summer 2017 comes to close, the Kelmscott Park Apartments exterior framing is complete and the brick façade that will define the community is start...
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The Real Deal

05 September 2017 | With more than a decade of experience helping buyers and sellers through the process, Sondra Douglass approaches her work with a refreshing joie de vi...

The Scio at the Medical District gets a new amenity space

28 August 2017 | Scio in Chicago’s Medical District continues to develop. While renovations of the existing 410 units continue, new details about the new, 9,000 square...
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Focus Moves Into New Downtown Offices Following Years of Strong Growth

21 August 2017 | On the tenth of July, longtime Northfield local, Focus, moved its offices to 100 South Wacker Drive in the heart of the Loop in downtown Chicago. Si...
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Construction begins on six-story Logan Square apartments

18 August 2017 | Hunt Investment Management and Savoy Development announced the start of construction on a six-story, 138-unit, Class A rental apartment complex at 234...
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L.A. investor pays $81 million for Glenview apartments

17 August 2017 | The developers of a two-year old apartment project in Glenview have cashed out, selling the complex to a Los Angeles investment firm for nearly $81 mi...
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Summer Construction Update

04 August 2017 | The three apartment home structures have been topped off and the beginning of the Laurel building entrance is taking shape. The ultra-sleek black-fram...
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Parking Garage Completed for the Atworth at Mellody Farm

01 August 2017 | The parking garage, with its 293 spots, is an important milestone because the remaining three-story apartment building will be wrapped around the prec...
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Topping Off Kelmscott Apartments

21 July 2017 | On Thursday, June 29th the Focus team was joined by our subcontractors and various stakeholders of the Kelmscott Park project to celebrate the topping...
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2340 California

05 July 2017 | Focus is thrilled to be selected to provide general contractor services for a new apartment building at 2340 North California. The 130,088 GSF, 6-stor...
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New views of the Atworth at Mellody Farm

30 June 2017 | Now that the terrain has been formed, the team is currently in the midst of pouring the footings for the building. View the below construction update,...

Exploring the Union of Real Estate and Higher Education

28 June 2017 | Focus Associate Vice President of Development, Christine Kolb was joined by Rex Tolliver (Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of I...

More than a Race

21 June 2017 | On June 15th, eighteen Focus team members joined more than 2,000 participants to take part in the annual Gibbons 5k run and 3K walk along the lake sho...
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Celebrate Soul City

20 June 2017 | Focus Development, one of Chicagoland’s premier developers was joined by Soul City Church, a Chicago organization with the vision to lead a movement t...
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Safe and Sound Week

19 June 2017 | June 12th through the 18th marked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) annual Safe and Sound Week, a time dedicated to refocusin...
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Evanston aldermen approve nine-story apartment building near downtown

15 June 2017 | Evanston city leaders on Monday approved plans for a nine-story apartment building development at 831 Emerson Street near downtown.
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Progress in Lake Forest

14 June 2017 | The Residences at Kelmscott Park in downtown Lake Forest continue to speed towards completion.
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New apartments, townhomes, museum, and library proposed for Chicago’s Little Italy

08 June 2017 | While the West Loop continues to heat up, some of the energy is migrating south over the Eisenhower Expressway to Chicago’s University Village/Little ...

The Atworth at Mellody Farm takes shape

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19-story apartment high-rise planned for Illinois Medical District

26 May 2017 | If approved, the glassy building would rise at the northeast corner of Ashland and Taylor. The first phase of a planned 500-unit expansion of the Med...

Focus CEO shares insight at City Developers Panel

11 May 2017 | On the 56th floor of Chase Tower, a group of Chicago’s premier Developers met to discuss the state of the market. Jonathon McCulloch of Belgravia, Mar...
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A tale of two luxury markets

09 May 2017 | The story of the luxury real estate market in Chicagoland is really a tale of two markets. The city’s skyline is dotted with cranes as new buildings g...
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Park Luxe

02 May 2017 | A new development steps from Market Square caters to a new generation of Lake Foresters. Lake Forest’s historic Market Square and downtown area is ic...
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A night at the Parker with Focus and Selah Freedom

27 April 2017 | April 7th, 2017 – (Chicago, IL) As the sun sets over Chicago’s West Loop, Focus Development CEO, Tim Anderson welcomed his guests to the 6th floor ame...
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REI, Nordstrom Rack to Open at New Upscale Mall

26 April 2017 | VERNON HILLS, IL - Area shoppers will soon have more retail options as a new upscale mall recently broke ground in Vernon Hills. Located on nearly 33 ...
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The Parker Qualifies as ULI Vision Award Finalist

21 April 2017 | The Parker at Fulton Market has been selected as a finalist for ULI’s 2017 Vision Award. Projects selected for this award are examples of excellence a...
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Focus and Regency Centers to Kick Off New Project in Vernon Hills

19 April 2017 | On April 21, 2017, the Focus team will join Regency Centers, Atlantic Realty Partners, and members of the Vernon Hills community to celebrate the grou...
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New Fulton Market apartment tower on the market

18 April 2017 | The developers of a 29-story apartment tower in the Fulton Market neighborhood have put the "For Sale" sign up, even before taking the "For Rent" sign...

People on the Move

13 April 2017 | Coming off a successful 2016, Focus has spent time reflecting on the strengths and accomplishments of its team members. As a result there are several ...

New Faces at Focus

10 April 2017 | Northfield, IL – Spring has sprung and Focus is eager to announce 5 unique additions to our corporate family. Eric Johnson (Project Manager II), David...

Focus Volunteers with Feed My Starving Children

28 February 2017 | On November 29, Focus team members from all departments gathered together to celebrate the start of the holiday season with a volunteer outing to bene...
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Kelmscott Park Breaks Ground

08 November 2016 | LAKE FOREST — Lake Forest officials and representatives of the real estate and development communities broke ground November 3 on Kelmscott Park, whic...
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Downtown Wheaton's converted courthouse district welcomes luxury rentals

19 October 2016 | For nearly a century, the neighborhood surrounding Wheaton's downtown red-brick courthouse and its signature clock tower served the legal and civic ne...
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Mellody Farm shops-apartments proposal moves forward in Vernon Hills

10 October 2016 | A retail center promising to incorporate hip urban elements reminiscent of Chicago's Wicker Park or west Loop neighborhoods in a suburban setting has ...
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Courthouse Square Apartments open in downtown Wheaton

10 October 2016 | Community and business leaders are welcoming the opening of the 149-unit Courthouse Square Apartments complex in downtown Wheaton. "It's a terrific p...

Focus Development Returns To Lake Forest

21 September 2016 | One of the North Shore’s premier residential developers is returning to Lake Forest with Kelmscott Park, a new maintenance-free community of condomini...
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Focus Team Expanding, Adds Two Project Managers For Growing Construction Division

20 September 2016 | Northfield, IL-- This summer, Focus Construction, Inc. welcomed two new members to their growing team. Jeremiah Miller, Senior Project Manager, and Qu...

Developers propose 500 apartments next to Illinois Medical District

10 August 2016 | A development group plans about 500 apartments on the near West Side, convinced it can fill them with workers and students from the Illinois Medical D...

Sales Center Now Open at Kelmscott Park

03 August 2016 | Northfield-based Focus Development and its exclusive sales and marketing representative, @properties, announced the start of sales for Kelmscott Park,...
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Upsides to Downsizing

30 July 2016 | There are plenty of upsides to downsizing, perhaps none bigger than living on a smaller footprint without giving up the luxuries and amenities of a ma...

Focus and the Parker Named to ENR's Top 50 Construction Starts in the Midwest

29 July 2016 | Focus and the Parker Named to ENR's Top 50 Construction Starts in the Midwest

A Look Inside the New Parker Fulton Market Apartment Tower

28 July 2016 | The 227-unit development is the latest luxury offering in Chicago’s hottest 'hood'. Chicago’s Fulton Market District in the West Loop has emerged as...
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Focus Development Receives Approval For Luxury Residential Community In Lake Forest; Sales To Start This Summer

20 April 2016 | Kelmscott Park at Laurel and Western to include single-family homes, condominiums and apartments; @properties tapped for sales and marketing
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Circa 922 Receives the Crystal Key Award

13 January 2016 | Circa 922 was among the winners at the Key Awards - put on by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago - bringing home a Crystal Key for Innov...

New West Loop Apartments to Sell for $75 Million

02 September 2015 | A New York investment firm is poised to pay about $75 million for a new apartment building in the West Loop, a deal that underscores the area's popula...

Aiming to ride tech wave, developers to sell West Loop apartments

03 April 2015 | The developers of a 149-unit apartment project in the West Loop have put the property up for sale, betting that its proximity to Google's future Chica...

Update from Lake Forest on Municipal Service Site

08 September 2014 | Lake Forest’s City Council on Sept. 2 approved a recommendation to select Focus Development to develop the City’s former Municipal Services site.

Wheaton Courthouse Square Development Work Could Start in 2015

26 August 2014 | After many years of planning and dispute, Wheaton's Courthouse Square development is back on track to be fully built in the near future. The Wheaton ...

Meet the West Loop's Newest & Curviest Apartment Tower

09 July 2014 | Developers Shapack Partners and Focus Development are joining forces to bring a new glassy, curvy mixed-use tower to the West Loop, and unveiled their...
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This Week's New West Loop Apartment Proposal

28 March 2014 | It’s not quite a weekly occurrence, but you can be excused for feeling that each week brings the announcement of a new West Loop apartment development...

Another Apartment Development Brewing in West Loop

26 March 2014 | With one West Loop apartment project winding down later this year, Focus and an Atlanta investor have found a site for their next one just a few block...

New Evanston Apartment Building Sells for $70 Million

11 September 2013 | The developers of a brand-new 175-unit apartment building in Evanston sold the project for a hefty gain even before leasing up the project, a sign of ...
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