The next notch in the Google-Motorola Mobility merger may just spell great news for the Chicago economy and corporate landscape. Google is reportedly shopping for more than 500,000 square feet of office space downtown for the mobile-phone company, Crain's Chicago Business is reporting.
Crain's cited "a source familiar with the matter," though Google, Motorola and Google's tenant representative Cal Wessman all declined to comment. My Google contacts also passed on the opportunity to weigh in on this.
The scuttle-butt is that Motorola may move into the Merchandise Mart, which would make sense for a number of reasons, especially since Google's Chicago office is a scant few blocks from there. But convenience aside, Crain's sources say "top real estate executives from Google … have toured several downtown sites over the past several months."
Read more at Crain's.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.