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The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate supports the education of its students and the continued success of its alumni through its numerous programs and resources.

Real Estate Club

This voluntary organization of current students supports student events related to the real estate industry, along with participation in the many events sponsored by the Institute.

Alumni Network

With more than 300 graduates, the Institute is building a network of alumni to continue to support their connections to each other and the program, along with supporting their continued career success. 

Advisory Board

The Institute’s Advisory Board, comprised of 50 real estate industry leaders representing many of the unique specialties and disciplines in the real estate industry, is a great resource to students and alumni as they prepare for their careers in real estate. The Board members also support fundraising, industry outreach, mentoring and internship assistance and curriculum reviews.

Trade Association membership

All students in the real estate programs overseen by the Institute are provided free memberships in up to two of the industry’s trade associations, including NAIOP, ICSC, ULI and others. 


The Institute provides complimentary registrations to all students in the real estate programs to attend the Fogelson Forum(s) and Annual Gala. Additionally, when possible the Institute arranges for, and often funds, discounted registrations at numerous industry events in the city. Through the support of established funding students may have the opportunity to attend major industry events outside of Chicago. 

Urban Retail Properties Development and Research Center

Located in the Marshall Bennett Institute office suite is the Urban Retail Properties Development and Research Center.  The research center embodies the latest in real estate industry books, periodicals and training resources. The Center, which was created with mostly recyclable building products houses study desks, a media center, computer workstations, the Real Estate Institute (REI) Library and an incredible view of Buckingham Fountain and Lake Michigan. 

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 425 S. Wabash, WB1210C
Phone: 312.281.3269
Latosha McKinney - Institute Coordinator

Professional Development Classes

Professional Development Classes give students an edge on their competitors.  The classes are held in the URBAN RETAIL PROPERTIES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH CENTER (WB1210C) from 5:00-5:50.  They are offered free to all real estate program students and two classes are held in fall and spring semesters for 8 weeks.

The classes are summarized below:

Business Writing

This course provides an opportunity to review the basic rules of business writing and to develop clarity of style, while being introduced to the language of real estate through its terms and documents. Students read real estate articles and documents and draft clear and concise summaries showing comprehension of subject matter and terminology. A full range of business document types will be written by the students and reviewed in class.

Technology I

This course helps students develop skills to effectively use Microsoft Office in their personal and professional lives.  Students create effective real estate documents, analysis, presentations, etc., and learn tips, tricks, shortcuts, and successful navigation through the MS Office suite of products. 

Technology II

In this course, students work with key real estate software programs including Argus, a financial modeling tool used in acquisition and development, and various accounting programs for asset and property management.  Students use online research tools, such as Co-Star, that provide current information on commercial properties by type and by submarket.  The course helps students strengthen their knowledge of analytical tools and sources of data and reduce the search time in locating industry information.  

Professional Development

This course guides students through the numerous career options in real estate and will help polish the tools needed to successfully decide upon and pursue career choices. Students utilize various assessment, presentation and reflection techniques to define and clarify educational goals and career planning. A resume writing and interview skills workshop will be presented.