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Global Floor Covering Manufacturer Tarkett to Relocate Showroom to Fulton East in Chicago’s Fulton Market

October 29, 2021

Developer Parkside Realty, Inc. today announced global flooring manufacturer Tarkett has signed a lease for a full floor at Fulton East, the developer’s 12-story, 90,000-square-foot showroom, office and retail building. Created with principles of biophilic design and a focus on tenant health and wellness, Fulton East is located at 215 N. Peoria St. in the heart of Chicago’s Fulton Market District.

Tarkett will move its showroom and offices from Merchandise Mart (theMART) to the 10th floor at Fulton East where it will occupy almost 11,000 square feet at the modern glass-and-steel office building. The firm opened its 9,000-square-foot showroom at theMART in 2017.

Tarkett is the latest manufacturer to relocate its design showroom to Fulton Market for the opportunity to align with Chicago’s live, work, play epicenter of top showrooms, offices, hotels, residential buildings, restaurants, retail, art galleries, event spaces and nightlife – all of which consistently draw new showrooms, office tenants, restaurants and residents to the neighborhood. Many important furniture, furnishings and fixtures brands such as Knoll, Herman Miller/Design Within Reach, Maharam, Inscape, Teknion, Gabriel Fabrics and Sloan have recently relocated their Chicago showrooms to the booming Fulton Market neighborhood.

“Fulton East’s commitment to design and planning that puts health and wellness and environmental sustainability at the forefront, as demonstrated by its pending WELL and LEED certifications, complements Tarkett’s corporate values and longtime sustainability strategy,” said Chris Johnson, vice president, commercial sales, Tarkett. “The building’s design and premier location allows us to expand our presence in Chicago within a setting that’s conducive to making greater connections with the broader interior design community.”

“There are many showroom tenants considering a relocation to Fulton Market, where they can be close to premier businesses, hotels, restaurants and retail, as well as many design-conscious residents,” said Katie Scott, director of leasing for Fulton East. “At approximately 11,000 square feet, Fulton East’s floor plates are an ideal size for showcasing furniture, fixtures and design materials, and you can walk right off the building’s elevator into the showroom. Plus, each floor has its own private outdoor balcony for consultations, meetings and entertaining, with exciting city views as the backdrop.”

Over the past 10 years, Fulton Market has undergone a transformation from a meat-packing district to one of the nation’s fastest growing, cutting-edge tech, showroom, office, residential, research, entertainment and business centers, in the heart of a walkable live-work-play neighborhood. Fulton Market is home to global headquarters for McDonald’s and Mondelēz, tech campuses for Google, Glassdoor and Dyson, and leading advertising, design, professional and financial services firms.

Tarkett is the second tenant Fulton East has announced in recent months. Global asset manager Calamos Investments, based in Naperville, Ill., inked a lease for the top two full floors at Fulton East to expand its Chicago-area presence.

Constructed and designed by Chicago-based Clayco and architect Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC), Fulton East combines biophilic design elements with modern health technology to distinguish itself as the office building of the future. Its high-tech touchless features include the world’s first-to-market installation of MAD Elevator Inc.’s Toe-To-Go (T2G) hands-free elevator system and the first multi-story office building installation of airPHX (“air fix”) non-thermal, plasma technology – proved in hospital settings to reduce up to 94% to 98% of all pathogens including viruses, bacteria and mold spores, both on surfaces and in the air, to provide employees with a cleaner and safer work environment.

“We’re thrilled a global firm like Tarkett has selected Fulton East as its home in Fulton Market, a neighborhood known for its high foot traffic and live-work-play energy,” said Bob Wislow, chairman and CEO of developer Parkside Realty, Inc. “Fulton East’s modern, wellness-focused design is the ideal place for Tarkett to showcase its sustainable flooring collections in a light-filled, high-ceiling setting with stunning views of the Fulton Market District and downtown Chicago’s skyline.”

Each floor of Fulton East offers almost 11,000 square feet of space with 11-foot-4-inch floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a flood of daylight and unobstructed city views, as well as 9-by-27-foot outdoor terraces on every floor. The building’s 8,000-square-foot landscaped rooftop park, exclusively for tenants, features skyline views and multiple seating arrangements for entertaining and introducing new products, from amphitheater-style seating for 80 to easily moveable outdoor furniture to accommodate small groups. Specially designed large screen televisions with state-of-the-art connectivity can be utilized for presentations, training sessions or social gatherings.

Fulton East’s innovative office design has earned industry praise. It won the 2021 Illinois Real Estate Journal awards for Best Office Project and Best Technology Pivot and was a finalist for the annual Chicagoland Real Estate Awards for both Development and Developer of the Year. The building will be featured at this year’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) Fall Meeting as a groundbreaking model for future office design and will soon earn the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management, showcasing that its design addresses health, safety and well-being based on the WELL Building Standard and more than 600 experts from the Task Force on COVID-19, a group of global experts convened by the International WELL Building Institute.

Fulton East’s lobby is the first office building lobby designed by nationally acclaimed interior designer Holly Hunt. It includes an iconic light fixture by renowned product designer David Weeks, as well as a dramatic reception desk featuring Anorthosite stone from Quebec that was fabricated by Chicago-based GI Stone.

“Over the past 2 years, we have seen well-known design brands moving from traditional Merchandise Mart showroom spaces to a variety of spaces in Fulton Market, looking to join the city’s most dynamic commercial and residential landscape,” said Rod Burch, executive director of the West Central Association (WCA) – Chamber of Commerce, which advocates for economic development and businesses in Fulton Market. “WCA’s Design, Arts and Culture Committee welcomes Tarkett to the neighborhood and to Fulton East, and we look forward to continuing our support of the many design-centric businesses, both established and emerging, that will continue to relocate to Fulton Market.”

Andy Gooliak of Colliers and Nate Walczuk of Allegro Real Estate Brokers and Advisors represented Tarkett, while Katie Scott and Camille Julmy of Parkside Realty represented Fulton East.

Visit LoopNet page for a virtual tour of Fulton East and for more details about the property. For leasing and customization inquiries, contact Katie Scott at (312) 218-6347 or, or Camille Julmy at (312) 259-5663 or

About Tarkett:
With a history of 140 years, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, with net sales of € 2.6 billion in 2020. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, rubber, carpet, wood, laminate, artificial turf and athletics tracks, the Group serves customers in over 100 countries across the globe. Tarkett has more than 12,000 employees and 33 industrial sites, and sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to change the game with circular economy and to reducing its carbon footprint, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy based on Cradle to Cradle® principles, fully aligned with its Tarkett Human-Conscious Design™ approach.

About Fulton East:

Fulton East, an award-winning 12-story, 90,000-square-foot office and retail building located at 215 N. Peoria St. in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, is the nation’s first next-generation office building designed to specifically address employee health, safety and wellness in today’s post-COVID-19 environment. Fulton East features new, leading-edge products, such as Canada-based MAD Elevator Inc.’s new Toe-To-Go (T2G) hands-free elevator system and airPHX (“air fix”) non-thermal, plasma technology throughout the entire building to help reduce cross-contamination risks and provide employees with cleaner air and work surfaces. In 2021, Fulton East won Best Technology Pivot and Best Office Project awards at the Illinois Real Estate Journal’s annual Real Estate Awards. Visit

About Parkside Realty, Inc.:

Led by veteran developers Bob Wislow and Camille Julmy, Parkside Realty, Inc. operates under a long-term, generational ownership structure. After developing its properties, Parkside directly leases and manages them, maintaining a successful, proven hands-on approach. Parkside listens to its valued tenants and provides top quality, efficient, sustainable and cost-effective solutions to improve business operations and employee engagement. Committed to urban development, especially in Chicago, the executive team has served for years in civic and industry leadership roles with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Development Council, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago. They have received the Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence four times, and Wislow is a distinguished recipient of the Urban Land Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.

About Clayco:

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $3.8 billion in revenue for 2020, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential related building projects. For more information visit

About LJC:

LJC is a full-service design and architecture firm committed to enhancing the quality of the human experience and to improving how design and architecture can impact each individual’s emotional being. By harnessing the power of integrated design, including architecture, workplace strategy, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering, the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations. For more information, please visit


Fulton East Rooftop.jpg: Citing the building’s location and design, global flooring manufacturer Tarkett has signed a lease for a full floor at Fulton East, developer Parkside Realty’s 12-story, 90,000-square-foot showroom, office and retail building. Photo courtesy of Sam Fentress for Clayco.