Top 5 CRE Events 2023

Networking groups are an integral part of staying sharp in the real estate industry. Networking allows you to learn from the experience of others, develop your client base, all while promoting yourself and your business. And with the new year comes new opportunities to take advantage of local events focused on the commercial real estate industry. Looking to attend some? Cawley Commercial Real Estate provides five of the top professional networking events in the Chicago area worth consideration:


Chicago Forecast | January 10, 2023 | Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago

RE Journals hosts the 21st Annual Chicago Forecast, the largest and longest running commercial real estate event in Chicago. The event includes numerous speakers, lunch, and breakout sessions covering everything from the 2023 economic outlook and the state of the Chicago market to regional economic development opportunities for investors and developers. The event concludes with a happy hour celebration. Registration required.


Chicago 2023 Outlook | January 25, 2023 | 600 West Fulton

Organized by Bisnow, this group hosts Chicago 2023 Outlook, which brings together notable figures in CRE industry to identify growth opportunities, business expansion, and offer plenty of networking prospects. Sessions include Financing and Investing in a Volatile Economy, a Fireside Chat with Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi on the topic of property tax assessments, and a panel of experts will lead a discussion on Changes in the City; topics to include new developments and city initiatives. Event includes breakfast and post-event networking. Registration required.


National Cannabis Summit in Chicago | February 16, 2023 | Venue: TBA

The National Cannabis Summit hosted by Bisnow, and is a must for professionals interested in learning more about the cannabis industry. The cannabis industry is thriving, and with this prosperity comes numerous opportunities for commercial real estate specialists. Everything from new policy initiatives, rules and regulations to the impact the cannabis industry has on retail and industrial space will be addressed at this summit. Panel experts and speakers will explore the world of cannabis and the impact it has on the many facets of commercial real estate.


The 35th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards | March 9, 2023 | Hilton Chicago

In a partnership with Greater Chicago Food Depository, this annual event brings together thousands of local professionals to celebrate, network, and honor those who bring change and have major impact on the Chicago commercial real estate market. More importantly though, this event helps raise money to help end hunger. A cocktail reception, followed by an awards dinner and presentation are all part of this fun-filled event. The evening ends with an after-party, with plenty of opportunities to network with brokers, developers, property managers, architects and contractors. You won’t want to miss the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards this March. Registration required.


Institute of Real Estate Management | April 24-26, 2023 | Loews Chicago Hotel

Join the Institute of Real Estate Management for their IREM Chapter Leadership Retreat. Fellow real estate professionals will network with others local influential members of a community of residential, commercial, retail, and mixed-used managers. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow and enhance your leadership skills, so be sure to visit their events listings frequently for updated details, including keynote speakers and events throughout the Chicago-based retreat.


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