Welcome to Vequity Where Real Estate is Redefined

Retail Real Estate Investment & Development

Vequity Strategically Advises Retailers To Out Position Their Competition

Our Investment Strategy

Vequity is a market-focused, process-centered organization. We develop and deliver innovative solutions to our clients, consistently outperform our peers, produce predictable earnings, and provide a dynamic and challenging environment for our employees. We meet market needs with relevant, sustainable and inspiring retail real estate solutions.

Vequity uses a systemic approach to identify and reposition undervalued Chicago and Midwest area retail real estate. Our main investment strategy is to acquire overlooked and undervalued retail real estate assets in emerging markets throughout the Midwest and the Chicago area and create value using our expertise in development, leasing and construction.

Vequity identifies neglected assets that combine a low cost basis and a strategic location and repositions them in creative retail settings. The vacancy and construction risks of these investments preclude many investors from exploring these opportunities, and there is often limited competition for Vequity in its preferred market segment. Vequity has succeeded with this strategy throughout multiple real estate cycles with no legacy investment issues.

The company’s core development activities are build-to-suits, multi-tenant, and joint ventures currently concentrated in the metropolitan Chicago area with an ever expanding portfolio reaching into the Midwest and nationally. To learn more about our retail investment and retailer services please call us at 312-985-0987.
Check out some of our recent projects.


Professional Real Estate Services Aligned To Our Clients Needs

Our Services

Vequity takes an advisory approach to understand your objectives and work collectively to create a program to meet your growth requirements. We have detailed market knowledge, strong relationships, and sophisticated real estate expertise including the following:


· Market Development Planning, Site Selection & Acquisition
· Lease Negotiation
· Zoning and Entitlement
· Design, Development and Construction Management
· Financing and Investment Analysis
· Property & Venture Management
· Disposition

Vequity offers a wide range of services to our clients including the following:

Development Services

Vequity offers our clients unparalleled knowledge and experience. Our staff provides comprehensive retail services built on a platform designed to exceed the expectations of our clients, investors, and tenants. Owner or tenant. New facility or build-out. Relocation or expansion. Single or multi-site. Private or public sector. We are your retail real estate partner.

No other service provider has the comparable bench of professionals, best practices, process controls, and global experience we use to address your real estate project management needs. You gain instant access to a team selected specifically to meet your objectives; they are armed with expertise in interior build-out, move management, commercial real estate operations, occupancy planning, engineering, architecture, and construction. Our collaborative approach is run by a dedicated project manager who serves as your single point of contact and ensures accountability.

We understand that retail offerings and clients needs are constantly changing. Whatever the scope, we will work with you to set measurable goals and accomplish them together.

Retail Real Estate Investment

Vequity adds value through the opportunistic acquisition and subsequent development or redevelopment of land and buildings in high-quality urban and suburban locations. Prior to acquisition, the company identifies creative solutions that address the fundamental real estate attributes of the asset.

Driven by both in-depth local insights and a global perspective, we deliver innovative, customized investment strategies, superior execution and a high success rate.

Construction Management

Vequity’s construction management services support our clients by assisting contractors in delivering high-quality projects, on time and within budget. Pressure is increasingly falling on owners to deal with complex construction issues from value engineering to bidding, contractor selection to change orders. Vequity’s significant experience dealing with these issues and efficient processes ensure on-time/on-budget delivery.

Property Management

Vequity’s property management professionals are superb agents for their buildings and for those who inhabit them. Our innovative and rigorous commercial asset management strategies help real estate owners reduce their operating costs and enhance property values while maintaining a superior work environment for tenants. Our expertise in tenant coordination, engineering services, security, energy management, and sustainability practices helps ensure long-term tenant satisfaction.

Consistently Delivers A Successful And Positive Client Experience

Our Projects

Design Pointe – Naperville, IL Caribou Coffee, Smashburger, Jersey Mikes – Arlington Heights, IL Aspen Dental, Smashburger, Cocomero Yogurt – Bloomington, IL Bedding Experts – Calumet City, IL
7Eleven – Chicago, IL The Fresh Market – Glen Ellyn, IL O’Reilly Auto Parts – Chicago, IL Subway – Chicago, IL
Tilted Kilt – Indianapolis, IN Tilted Kilt – Fort Wayne, IN Tide Dry Cleaners – Naperville, IL Zoned DX-17 – Chicago, IL (coming soon)
Tide Dry Cleaners – Glen Ellyn, IL Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#1) – Chicago, IL (Completed) Sleep Number by Select Comfort – Chicago, IL Oak Brook Promenade – Oak Brook, IL
Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#2) – Chicago, IL (Completed) 4756 N Clark, Chicago IL 4800 N Clark, Chicago IL Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#3) – Chicago, IL (Completed)
Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#4) – Bellwood, IL (Completed) Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#5) – Chicago, IL Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#6) – Chicago, IL Checkers Drive-In Restaurant – (#9) Broadview, IL (Recently Completed)
Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#8) – Maywood, IL (Recently Completed) Checkers Drive-In Restaurant (#7) – Chicago, IL 290 N Randall Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL (New Acquisition) 1924 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (New Acquisition)
1550 E Lincoln HWY, Merrillville, IN (New Acquisition) 6 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL (New Acquisition) The Fresh Market Outlot – Wheaton, IL (Under Construction) 1038 Culebra, San Antonio, TX (New Acquisition)
939 W Armitage, Chicago, IL (New Acquisition) 2450 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (New Acquisition) 1201 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove

Making Your Vision A Reality

Our Team

Vequity is comprised of Performance, Leadership, Execution, Integrity, Experience, Ability, Teamwork, Risk Mitigation, and Reliability

Ryan Murphy
Experience 21 years
Education Michigan State University – BS, Urban Planning & Development
Areas of
Real Estate Investment & Development  
contact r.murphy@vequity.com

Ryan Murphy


Ryan is a principal and founder of Vequity LLC. Prior to Vequity, Ryan served as market leader and partner for SRS Real Estate Partners for the company’s Midwest division.  From 2000- 2008 he helped fuel the growth of NAI Hiffman as partner and Managing director of the retail brokerage group. In 2008 Mr. Murphy was awarded the NAI Global Council Leadership Award for his role as Chairman. Other awards include – Real Estate Chicago’s 40 under 40 and Costar’s Power Broker. Ryan has developed over $200,000,000 in retail real estate over his 20 year career managing every aspect of the site selection and development process.


Christopher Ilekis
Experience 12 years
Education Bradley University – BA, Advertising / Communications
Areas of
Real Estate Investment & Development
contact c.ilekis@vequity.com

Christopher Ilekis


Chris Ilekis is a Principal in Vequity’s Chicago office. Chris has concentrated in retail real estate transactions since 2003, and has extensive experience in retail real estate site selection and development services.

Utilizing knowledge and experience in all aspects of the industry including development, design, finance, construction, and legal, Chris has represented over 350 lease and sale transactions for national and local clients. Chris has expertise in representing retailers and landlords, understanding the perspectives and demands of both parties.  Chris assists national retailers to achieve their growth requirements by applying his substantial knowledge in the site selection  process for multi-unit expansion.

Chris specializes in developing value added retail opportunities for national retailers including new construction build-to-suit (single/ multi-tenant), infill redevelopment, and existing shopping center and building renovation. Over the past two years, Chris has developed numerous retail projects valued at approximately $40 million.

Prior to joining Vequity in 2010, Chris was a Partner in SRS Real Estate Partners Chicago office since 2008. Before SRS, Chris was in the Retail Brokerage Division of Oakbrook-based NAI Hiffman for five years.

Max Odom
Experience 12 years
Education Harvard University – BA
Areas of
Finance, Construction & Development, Operations
contact m.odom@vequity.com

Max Odom

Chief Operating Officer

Max Odom joined Vequity in 2013 with over ten years of experience in real estate investment, development and management.

Prior to joining Vequity, Max was co-founder and Vice President with Icon Secure Storage, a self-storage development and management firm. While at Icon Secure Storage he was responsible for all aspects of the development cycle, including acquisition, predevelopment, development, construction and post-construction management.

Prior to Icon Secure Storage, Max worked for RCG LLC, a real estate investment, management and development firm located in Somerville, MA. While at RCG, Max was deeply involved with numerous aspects of the firm, including development, construction, accounting, financing, and management of mixed-use developments in and around the Boston Metropolitan Area.

Max received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University where he was a four year member of the wrestling team and a two-time NCAA qualifier.


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Vequity is Hiring for a Construction / Project Manager

Please send any job related inquires to info@vequity.com

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Vequity Affiliated Entity Sells 6 Acre Property

Vequity affiliated entity sells six acre property located at 1550 E. Lincoln Hwy in Merrillville, IN on December 18, 2014.  The development is located in the heart of a major retail trade area and across from Southlake Mall, the only enclosed super regional mall in Northwest Indiana.



Vequity Acquires Prime Retail Property in Downers Grove

Vequity affiliated entity acquires prime retail  property in Downers Grove by North High School next to Starbucks and across from Jewel- Osco.


Vequity Affiliate Purchases New Building

Vequity affiliated entity purchase three-story building at 2049 W. Division St., which was formally home to Wicker Park’s beloved beer-focused SmallBar.




New Acquisition!

Vequity acquires rare building in thriving downtown Naperville.  Naperville, IL is ranked as of the “Best Places to Live” in the U.S.



Acquisition Update:

Vequity affiliated entities recently closed on the following Chicago properties; 939 W Artmitage, 2450 N Milwaukee, and 1924 N Milwaukee.



Vequity hires Max Odom



Vequity launches new website

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Vequity preferred developer for Checkers Drive In Restaurants in Chicago



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