Bruce Fogelson began his career in commercial brokerage in 1983 as an office leasing broker for tenants and has gone on to 35+ years of success in all aspects of real estate. Bruce has been the broker for over $100,000,000 in deal volume plus tens of millions for his own acquisitions and development together with leasing and sales. He leverages depth and breadth of experience to maximize real estate value.
chicagoofficebroker.com was created by Bruce, who has been assisting business with their office leasing and commercial brokerage needs. Bruce’s goal is to find and negotiate (or renegotiate) the best lease options for tenants in the Chicago downtown area. Since chicagoofficebroker.com is the product of Bruce’s work, most of what you see in this website and blogs represent his philosophy and focus on office leasing. His decades of work in all aspects of real estate outlined as follows makes for not just a broker, but a better broker.
Bruce is an agile multidisciplinary broker, developer, and general contractor who drives operations with relentless attention to detail and zeroes in on opportunities. He focuses on office leasing tenant representation as well as site acquisition with value-added experience in development, zoning, building design, construction, marketing, pricing, and customer service.
As an award winning developer, Bruce was engaged in land development, site selection, entitlements, planning, design, construction, marketing, sales, and customer support for new construction, rehab residential, commercial, and mix-use property, and land. Bruce has won multiple awards, including the Chicago Association of Realtors “Good Neighbor Award” 14 times for Best New Single Family (5 times), Best New Condo Development (4 times), Best Mix-Use (3 times), Best New Multi-Unit Rental – Low Income, and Best Single Family Home Rehab Developments. He has also won the Home Builders Association of Chicago’s marketing award twice.
He has specified, solicited, and examined proposals, bids, and negotiated terms with contractors in every kind of trade (e.g., demolition, excavation, remediation, masonry, drywall, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, roofing, concrete, low-voltage, cabinetry, flooring, and everything in between) plus marketing and advertising. He has negotiated the fine points of every kind of contract from land to warrantee and sales. Negotiating hundreds of different kinds of contracts gives him an eye for important details, no matter how big or small. He has supervised on-site construction, adjusting to site conditions and reconciling architectural plans and tradespeople. In the legal process, he has launched 10+ companies and LLCs for numerous projects and businesses, complete with legal, accounting, employment, office space, and tax. As an owner, Bruce has selected, hired, and supervised real estate brokers to represent him from a dozen local firms.
Bruce is an Advisory Board Member for Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate co-founded by his father, Gerald Fogelson.
Bruce is the inventor of 4 issued U.S. Patents for “Builder On-Line Assistant” for choosing building customer’s selections of standards and extras online.
Bruce is engaged in numerous charities, including his own charity for neighborhood schools with a focus on reading and literacy. As part of The Fogelson Family Foundation, he allocates funds to worthy causes in higher-education and to local students. Bruce has also supported theater and mental health programs.
Bruce received his degree in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Denver, Denver, CO and his first real estate license in Colorado and then Illinois dating back to 1983.