Vital Proteins, a Chicago-based collagen and wellness company, has signed a 10-year lease for a permanent headquarters at 939 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. The new space is expected to be completed in late 2018 and will total 11,750 square feet of retail space and 25,603 square feet of office space. The property is owned and being redeveloped by ASB Real Estate Investments and Madison Capital.
The new headquarters will hold up to 160 employees. The building’s rooftop will include outdoor space for the team and an organic urban farm.
The move is a return to the West Loop for the four-year-old company. In the early days, Vital Proteins was housed in WeWork’s collaborative workspace in the West Loop. As the company grew, it moved to Wicker Park, and eventually returned to Fulton Market this year with an interim lease at its current headquarters at 1201 W. Washington Blvd.
Kelsey Scheive and Mark Buth of MB Real Estate’s Leasing Services represented building ownership in the transaction. Dougal Jeppe and Matthew Stauber of Colliers International represented Vital Proteins.
Vital Proteins is working with Solomon Cordwell Buenz to design its space. The goal is to maintain many of the historic landmark building’s original features, including its external structure, exposed brick walls, and wood floors and ceilings. They also plan to blend the wellness company’s signature look and feel, which will include greenery and clean, modern design.