A 40-year veteran of Chicago’s commercial real estate industry, Michael Tobin joined CBRE in 2008 as a key member of the development group and was charged with creating new development management opportunities and directing current Chicago office projects. Recent projects include the $16,000,000 redevelopment of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the $7,000,000 expansion of the Harris Theater and the $80,000,000 renovation and addition to the Steppenwolf Theater Center, the relocation of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the ongoing $50,000,000 renovation of Chicago Union Station and the future redevelopment of the Joe Louis Arena site in downtown Detroit. Tobin’s immersion with CBRE began with the project management of MetraMarket, a 200,000-square foot retail and restaurant development in Chicago’s West Loop. This $42 million-dollar development was a collaboration between U.S. Equities, Metra, and the City of Chicago. Additionally, Tobin directed the 150,000 SF, $25,000,000 redevelopment of the retail pavilion at Presidential Towers, a two-block 2,400-unit apartment and retail property constructed in the mid-1980’s, and the 164-unit, $42,000,000 development of the 618 South Main apartments in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Before joining CBRE, Tobin was the partner in charge of all acquisition and development efforts of Northern Realty Group, Ltd. In his ten-year tenure, Tobin generated more than $325 million in development projects including State Place in Chicago’s South Loop, the conversion of the Chicago’s historic Shubert Theatre Building into the Bank of America Theatre and the Hampton Majestic Theater District Hotel as well as the Deerfield Village Center in Deerfield, Illinois.
Tobin previously served for six years as President and Chief Operating Officer of Central Station Development Corporation, responsible for directing the development of a 100-acre residential and commercial mixed-use community on Chicago’s lakefront. During his time at Central Station, more than $100 million worth of residential projects were completed.
Earlier, Tobin enjoyed eight years as Vice President of Development for Metropolitan Structures, Inc., responsible for directing over $650 million in development. Tobin’s projects included such buildings as Chicago’s Mercantile Exchange Center, 205 North Michigan Avenue and The Fairmont Hotel, as well as the Los Angeles Intercontinental Hotel.
His experience also includes his position as Director of Property Services for Harris Bank, overseeing two million square feet of bank-owned and leased space throughout the United States. In 1975, he began his career as Senior Architect in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
Professional Affiliations / Accreditations
- Registered Architect, State of Illinois
- Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker, State of Illinois
- LEED Green Associate
- American Institute of Architects
- Wacker Drive Streetscape Association – Founding Board Member and Vice President
- Michigan Avenue Streetscape Association – Founding Board Member and Treasurer
- Chicago Development Council – Past Board Director
- Chicago Alliance (formerly Greater State Street Council) – Past Vice President
- Lambda Alpha International
- Near South Planning Board –Chairman and current Board Director
- University of Michigan Alumni Association – Alumni Leadership Council
University of Michigan, Masters of Architecture - Summa Cum Laude
University of Michigan, Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies