EQ Workplace introduced that Affirm, Inc. will likely be opening its first Chicago workplace at 350 North Orleans Road. The fintech firm signed an workplace lease for greater than 57,000 sq. ft, spanning two flooring, which they plan to maneuver into in Spring 2020.
Chicago’s expertise business is rising at a speedy tempo. In response to CBRE’s annual Tech-30 Report, the town added 4,582 tech jobs in 2017 and 2018. This, together with Chicago’s entry to numerous expertise and central location within the nation, was one of many many causes Affirm—a San Francisco-based expertise firm providing a extra clear and accountable method for customers to separate funds at high retailers—selected to broaden to Chicago. Affirm plans to quickly rent 100 new staff for its 350 North Orleans workplace, with extra progress plans above and past.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Affirm to the constructing and metropolis of Chicago,” mentioned David Moore, senior vp and portfolio director at EQ Workplace. “We labored intently with the Affirm workforce to establish inventive options to assist their progress wants. 350 N. Orleans’ latest enhancements and very best neighborhood location make it a magnet for progressive corporations of all sizes, and the extremely practical floorplates with plentiful pure gentle will set Affirm up for fulfillment in attracting and retaining high tech expertise.”
Affirm is the most recent of a number of tech corporations establishing a presence at 350 North Orleans, together with Nitel, Shoprunner, Gartner, OPEX Analytics and Devbridge Group, additional establishing the constructing as a brand new tech hub in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and the popular house for main, inventive corporations. The constructing was just lately remodeled by way of a mix of enhancements, together with a virtually $20 million funding within the façade, an expansive health heart, massive tenant lounge and personal roof deck and distinctive tenant amenity programming.
“We’re excited to determine our Chicago presence at 350 North Orleans and convey on new expertise to assist us develop Affirm’s community of retailers and customers,” mentioned Russell Kamp, actual property supervisor at Affirm.
The Chicago area will likely be Affirm’s fourth workplace, together with San Francisco, New York and Pittsburgh.