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RESOURCES AND INDUSTRY GROUPS

CommercialForum connects you with major commercial real estate players and essential tools to streamline your business. Please note that some groups and tools below require a REALTOR® membership to use and some do not. If you have any questions, reach out by email info@commercialforum.com 


Commercial Real Estate is everywhere: your local coffee shop, industrial park, downtown main street, and even the office where you work. NAR has a broad array of resources to help you provide the best service to your clients, and to be the best in your field. From education to advocacy efforts, from networking to property data – NAR works to help you be more profitable, while protecting the commercial real estate industry.

Grow your expertise through the learning opportunities, designations and events offered by NAR and our commercial affiliate organizations:

CCIM Institute courses, taught by instructors who are themselves industry leaders, deliver commercial real estate investment methodologies and tools that speed the pathway between opportunity, a go/no-go decision, and success for an asset. Each class is designed to enhance the success of commercial real estate professionals regardless of specialty.

Learn more about CCIM(R) by clicking here.

IREM is an international institute for property and asset managers, providing complete knowledge to take on real estate management’s most dynamic challenges. That means knowledge prepared for the day-to-day and the one-of-a-kind: from solving the latest tenant crisis to analyzing market conditions.

Learn more about IREM® by clicking here.

The SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS® is the leading global professional office and industrial real estate association. With more than 3,460 members in 42 countries, SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.

Learn more about SIOR® by clicking here.

The REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) elevates the level of professionalism in the land industry by providing all land professionals the expertise and camaraderie that are the foundation for becoming the best in the business.

Learn more about RLI® by clicking here.

The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) is an international organization of high profile property professionals which include principals of prominent real estate, financial, legal, and business advisory firms, as well as recognized leaders of government and academia.

Learn more about CRE® by clicking here.

NICAR is accredited by the National Association of REALTORS® to serve the commercial property practitioners in 13 counties of Northern Illinois, including Cook, Dupage, Kane, Ogle, DeKalb, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Kankakee, Grundy, Will, Boone and Winnebago.

Learn more about NICAR® by clicking here.


The member organization for industry advancement, ICSC promotes and elevates the marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play and gather as foundational and vital ingredients of communities and economies.

Learn more about ICSC by clicking here.

The mission of the Urban Land Institute: Shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide.

Learn more about ULI by clicking here.

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, (NAREB), is a Real Estate Professional trade organization. The Dearborn REALTIST® Board is the local chapter located in Chicago, IL who embrace the ideals and mission of “promoting Democracy in Housing”. While our name suggests an organization of Real Estate Brokers, it is a professional real estate organization which includes membership from multiple disciplines in the real estate industry. We welcome professionals in all areas of real estate to join us and help promote our mission.

Learn more about Dearborn Realtist® by clicking here.

Chicago African-Americans in Commercial Real Estate was created during Black History Month, 2018 to bring together African-American real estate professionals in order to build a network of African-American professionals in commercial real estate, provide a directory of real estate professionals for referrals to all communities, develop new business and economic opportunities for Chi-AACRE participants, and to assist majority firms and companies in their ability to access skilled African-Americans in commercial real estate professional services fields.

Learn more about Chi-AACRE by clicking here.

The mission of the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate® Initiative (“The Goldie Initiative”) is to prepare women for senior leadership roles in all sectors of commercial real estate. The Goldie Initiative does this by providing scholarship support for graduate study, mentorship and networking opportunities to women with high potential who are committed to becoming the leaders in the real estate industry.

Learn more about The Goldie Initiative by clicking here.

DePaul University offers continuing and professional education for Commercial Real Estate. Designed for professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of six critical disciplines within the industry. Each one-day course is a value-added learning experience with leaders in their disciplines. Learn more.

The Center for Real Estate Law is one of John Marshall Law School’s Centers of Excellence. Students come from Chicago and across the country to enroll in its academic programs. Learn more.

Roosevelt University offers two master level programs in real estate: a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE).

Real Estate students benefit from the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate which supports them through guest lecturers, mentors, job networking and industry events. For more information, please visit www.roosevelt.edu/realestate.

Did you know C.A.R. offers real estate scholarships? Learn more about an exclusive Roosevelt University MSRE Scholarship HERE, and HERE to learn more about our other scholarship opportunities.


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