East Lake has earned its positive reputation in the development community by creating a diverse portfolio ranging from multi-million dollar public facilities to commercial shopping centers to single and multi-family residential projects. East Lake provides development services for third parties on a fee basis and for projects in which the firm itself has an equity interest.

East Lake is known for its ability to produce high quality results for clients who must meet tight schedules, adhere to strict programmatic regulations, and remain within limited budgets.


Because of East Lake's unique capabilities we have been selected as:

  • The co-developer of 200 North Dearborn; a 300 unit luxury high-rise building in the heart of downtown Chicago
  • The developer/manager of three Social Security Administration buildings for the U.S. General Services Administration
  • Master developer of the Rockwell Gardens HOPE VI project in Chicago and the Wabash Crossing Hope VI Project in Decatur
  • Co-developer of the 100,000 square foot Ashland/Roosevelt Shopping Center.

Development Services

Site Assemblage and Analysis
We can work to locate a site that meets each project's special needs. Depending on the nature of the project, this can include accumulating parcels of land, determining the site conditions that may effect project viability and identifying any usage restrictions. We can also make use recommendations for specific parcels through detailed and targeted market analysis.

Design Oversight
We work as a liaison between the developer and the project architect to ensure that each design suits the developer's vision and budgetary goals.

Budget Projections and Deal Structuring
We can prepare development budgets and operating projections that include cash-flow analysis, appreciation, rates of return, risk level and tax benefits. These projections always consider the developer's specified objectives.

Finance Packaging
We have participated in numerous financial and ownership structures in our diverse real estate portfolio. In addition, we have established excellent relationships with both public and private financing sources, and can assemble a financing package that best suits the specific needs of the client.

Sales and Leasing
We have a highly-skilled marketing staff with experience in leasing for rental developments and real estate brokerage for condominiums, town houses and single-family homes.