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Chicago Growing, July 2009

addONE Marketing Solutions LLC, an 11 year-old interim senior-level marketing staffing company, announced its expansion to Chicago.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) doubled its space by subleasing 20,000 square feet at 222 N. LaSalle, relocating space from its current headquarters in Evanston.

Barrett Office Suites & Services LLC, a new venture that will provide temporary office space and support services to small businesses, has leased 28,000 square feet at 135 S. LaSalle.

Bluestone Energy Services, a company providing energy conservation engineering and project development services for industrial and commercial clients, relocated its corporate headquarters to Chicago to accommodate recent growth and new hires.

BSA LifeStructures Inc., an architecture and interior design firm, more than doubled its space in moving its Chicago office to 35 E. Wacker Drive.

The CAPS Group, a visual communications company serving advertising agencies, design firms and publishers, announced that its Black Dot Group will relocate to Chicago’s South Loop from Crystal Lake.

Codima Inc., a global provider of best practice software tools for VoIP and IT Asset Management, announced the launch of a nationwide sales organization, adding a new location in Chicago., which has seen its profile rise dramatically recently, moved from its longtime Hoffman Estates location to larger quarters in Chicago.

Cyber Technology LLC, which owns and operates various websites including, opened a Chicago office.

Event Producers, a nationally recognized event management, design and production company, announced the opening of a new office in Chicago.

FedEx Ground, the small-package ground delivery unit of FedEx Corp., celebrated the opening of a major distribution hub in Chicago, increasing the company’s presence in the area.

FilmCore, an editorial studio operator, opened a fourth office, in Chicago, joining offices in New York, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

Fort Dearborn Partners Inc. and Fort Dearborn Advisors LLC, a management consulting and investment banking firm expanded its Loop headquarters by moving to 101 N. Wacker Drive.

HighTower, a Chicago-based, advisor-owned financial services firm serving high-net worth clients, expanded its Chicago advisory team.

IG Markets Inc., a subsidiary of IG Group Holdings plc, recently opened its first U.S. location in Chicago, providing online trading of spot foreign exchange, options on foreign exchange, metals and binary options all on one platform.

The Ligature, a full-service printing company based in Los Angeles, opened a sales office in Chicago.

The Merchandise Mart has signed seven new leases, six of them long-term, totaling 14,300 square feet on the three floors primarily used by manufacturers to display commercial furniture and related products; the leases bring the contract furnishings floors to full occupancy.

MF Global Ltd., one of the world’s largest futures brokers, expanded its offices at One Financial Place, bringing its offices there to 76,905 square feet.

MillerCoors LLC officially opened its headquarters at 250 S. Wacker Drive; the joint venture between Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing Co. and Colorado’s Coors Brewing Co. brings 325 jobs to Chicago.

The National Law Journal reports that three law firms are moving into new offices in Chicago and seeking to fill the space with new lawyers: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Nixon Peabody; and Cozen O’Connor.

Nordex USA, a German manufacturer of wind turbines, opened its new North American headquarters at 300 S. Wacker Drive, bringing 30 key staff to Chicago, with expectations to employ about 100 people in total.

Phoebe’s Cupcakes LLC, a Chicago-based maker and marketer of gourmet cupcakes, pastries, coffee and beverages, announced the opening of its first location in Lakeview. Phoebe expects to open locations in 15 to 20 cities nationwide.

PrivateBancorp Inc.‘s acquisition of Founders Bank more than doubles its footprint in the Chicago area, from eight to 18 branches and gives it a presence in two new counties.

Proskauer Rose, an international law firm, continued on the expansion of its Chicago office with additions to its Health Care Practice.

Quarles & Brady LLP, a Milwaukee-based law firm, completed its move to new Chicago offices at 300 N. LaSalle.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals created a Global Center of Excellence, moving its global development headquarters to its Deerfield location from Osaka Japan.

Teracent Corp., a San Mateo-based dynamic ad serving and optimization solution provider, expanded its sales into Chicago, hiring staff from the area.

WH Trading LLC, a proprietary trading firm, will more than double its space in a move later this year to 125 S. Wacker Drive.

Woodbridge Group Inc., an innovative mergers and acquisition firm serving middle market companies, announced the opening of its new Chicago office.

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