Chicago Based Design Firm Damen Jackson Expands in Chicago Hot River West Market

To accommodate growth and continue attracting top creative talent, Damen Jackson has leased 7,000 square feet of office space on the top floor of 954 W. Washington Boulevard, situated in the heart of Chicago’s River West Neighborhood, adjacent to the Chicago Fulton Market Innovation District. 

The seven-story brick and timber loft building houses a diverse mix of creative firms and other businesses. Family-owned and managed on-site, the building offers high-touch, responsive service to the tenant base.

The new Damen Jackson space offers an extremely creative feel, infusing superior technology with preserved historical elements. The space features windows on three sides, 14-foot timber ceilings, brick walls, historically preserved steel doors, refurbished original hard wood floors and new skylights throughout providing natural light.

Damen Jackson was represented in the transaction by The J. Rich Company, LLC (“JRICH”) while Lindon Associates represented the landlord.

“It was very important for us to find a unique environment that would allow our team to maximize their creative abilities, with a convenient location and affordable price.” – Ron Farnum, Founder of Damen Jackson.  Mr. Farnum went on to say, “It was clear our advisor JRICH is extremely active with all different types of groups in Chicago. They listened to exactly what we wanted, knew every detail of every submarket in Chicago and secured a spectacular deal on the best space for our company.”

Rich Schulz, the co-founder and President of JRICH, stated “We were excited to see this transaction come together as it hit all the points Damen Jackson told us they needed to be the best in their business.  Since Google announced they were moving upwards of 500 people to this area it has become one of the hotbeds for creative talent and my team and I knew this type of space on the top floor of a building right in the heart of this district was opportunistic.”

Capitalizing on the attractiveness of this area, proximity to public transportation and the current high demand, the Chicago Plan Commission recently granted final approval to the City’s first “innovation district” in this area. The new Fulton Market Innovation District is intended to accommodate the high demand of various space uses in this area, which includes hotels, retail, restaurants, office and residential.

Damen Jackson (“Damen Jackson“)

Founded in 1998, Damen Jackson is a strategic brand development and creative agency based in Chicago, IL. Damen Jackson works with our clients to clearly define their strategic business objectives and establish a solid implementation plan, culminating in highly effective creative solutions that execute against the strategy and deeply connect with the target audience. The philosophy of combining business strategy with creative solutions allows Damen Jackson to provide results for a very diverse client base, from Fortune 500 consumer brands to mission-based organizations.

J. Rich Company, LLC (“JRICH”)

The J. Rich Company, LLC is a family run commercial real estate advisory firm based in Chicago which strictly specializes in representing the interests of tenants.  JRICH works with clients on a brokerage and consulting basis.  JRICH’s client base covers the entire spectrum, from works single office users, to the Country’s fastest growing startups, to S&P 100 Global Headquarter relocations.   JRICH’s network allows it to operate globally. 

Media Contact: Richard Schulz, The J. Rich Company, LLC, 312-876-1000,

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