Lara Keene has more than 17 years of diverse retail experience as an urban leasing and development specialist. She specializes in Landlord and Tenant Representation throughout the Chicagoland Area with an emphasis on urban neighborhoods including but not limited to the Gold Coast, Michigan Avenue, River North, West Loop/Fulton Market, The Loop, South Loop, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown and Wicker Park. Lara’s in-depth knowledge of retail brands and restaurants adds to her expertise in representing a wide variety of high profile local, national and international retailers.
Lara has advised a variety of retailers and restauranteurs including Supreme, Stadium Goods, Zadig + Voltaire, Alexis Bittar, Bonobos, Citibank, Forever 21, Fig & Olive, Rent The Runway, among others. She currently works with Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go in the City of Chicago and William Sonoma Brands across the Chicagoland Area, among other fashion, lifestyle and restaurant tenants throughout Chicago. Lara also exclusively represents Panera Bread and has been instrumental in their expansion and repositioning throughout the Chicago MSA for the last 15 years.
Lara also specializes in representing the owners of mixed-use projects, urban storefronts and development sites throughout Chicago. She has worked extensively throughout her career on behalf of property owners such as Blackrock, Tishman Speyer, Ashkenazy, Asana Partners, Acadia Realty Trust, C.I.M., Newcastle Limited, Nuveen, Jenel Management Corporation, L3 Capital, L&B Realty Advisors, JB Realty, Novak Construction, and Madison Capital to secure and expand a wide variety of fast casual and full service restaurants, medical users, service providers and luxury, big-box, and DTC retail tenants, including but not limited to, TJ Maxx, Michael’s, University of Chicago Medical Center, Louis Vuitton, Bluemercury, David Yurman, Breitling, Golden Goose, CVS Pharmacy, Raising Cane’s, Framebridge, Specialized Bikes, Slowear, Arctery’x, Drybar, among others. Most recently, Lara and her team members secured a new location for an expanded Rolex at 701 N. Michigan Avenue on behalf of Grosvenor.
Lara received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She is a Licensed Real Estate broker in Illinois, a member of ICSC, and also serves as co-chair of the By the Numbers Committee for the Magnificent Mile Association. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband, two children, and two dogs.