FEBRUARY 10, 1939


Mendel and Joseph Wilkow

The Wilkow Family arrives in Chicago and M & J Wilkow is established by Robert Wilkow and his sons Mendel and Joseph to invest in real estate assets. Their first office is at 7 South Dearborn Street.


First Acquisition

Wilkow family portrait 1939

Completion of first acquisition, which is a 54-unit apartment building located at 67th Street and Creiger in Chicago. The property is purchased for $92,000 and financed with a $55,000 mortgage loan. In 1953, the property is sold for $240,000.


First Syndication

Completion of first syndication, raising $25,000 of equity capital to acquire an apartment building located at 55th Street and Everett in Chicago.


Third Generation

William Wilkow

Mendel’s son William joins M & J – the third generation!

JULY 27, 1956

1400 Lake Shore Drive

1400 Lake Shore Drive

Acquisition of stock of 1400 Lake Shore Drive Corporation, thereby acquiring control of the 290-unit apartment tower on North Lake Shore Drive – formerly a “restricted” residential co-op.


First Office Building

Chicago skyline 1960s

Acquisition of first office building – a 300,000 sq. ft. office tower located at 222 West Adams Street in Chicago for $4,282,000. In 1986, the property is sold for $38,721,000.


First Shopping Center

Acquisition of first shopping center – a 232,000 sq. ft. retail property called the Scottsdale Shopping Center (79th and Cicero) in Chicago for $3,200,000. The property was sold in 1978 for $5,375,000.


M & J Wilkow Headquarters – 1968-2015

180 N Michigan Ave in Chicago

Acquisition of second office building – a 206,380 sq. ft. office tower located at 180 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago for $6,550,000. The property was sold in 2007 for $22,6000,000. Record for longest holding period.


Fourth Generation

Timeline-Clif-Marc Wilkow Revised

William’s son Clif joins M & J in 1976 – the fourth generation! In 1977, William’s oldest son Marc joins M & J after practicing law for three years.


Active Investors

M & J assumes operational control of many assets in its portfolio, while building asset and property management groups, thereby transforming itself from a passive investor to an active value creator.


First Institutional Partner

GE Capital logo

GE Capital becomes M & J Wilkow’s first institutional client/investor in connection with the turnaround of distressed assets.


Fifth Generation

Gregg Wilkow

Marc’s son Gregg joins M & J in 2007 – the fifth generation!

AUGUST 1, 2013

717 Grant

717 Grant office building

Acquisition of 717 Grant, a 135,000 sq. ft. vacant office building for $3,750,000. A sale of the property is closed on November 13, 2013 for $7,000,000. Record for shortest holding period.

DECEMBER 31, 2013

Portfolio Value Reaches $1B

1B Portfolio graphic

Property portfolio surpasses 7 million sq. ft. and is valued at $1.12 billion.


Magnolia Park and Town Center of Mililani

Montage of Metlife logo, Magnolia Park and Town Center of Mililani shopping centers

M & J Wilkow teams up with MetLife to acquire Magnolia Park (468,154 sq. ft.) and Town Center of Mililani (449,112 sq. ft.).

JUNE 1, 2015

M & J Wilkow Headquarters

20 South Clark Street in Chicago

M & J Wilkow relocates to 20 South Clark Street in Chicago.

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

East Gate Square

USAA logo

M & J Wilkow teams up with USAA to acquire the East Gate Square Shopping Center (771,856 sq. ft.).


Portfolio Value Reaches $2B

Financial Pie Chart $2B

M & J Wilkow’s property portfolio surpasses 10 million sq. ft. and is valued at $2 billion, with properties located as far west as Hawaii and as far east as South Carolina.


Sale of 600 Battery

Sale of battery

The sale of 600 Battery results in our investors receiving an equity multiple of 7.56x


Celebrating 80 Years

M & J Wilkow 80th Anniversary logo

2019 marks the 80th Anniversary of the founding of M & J Wilkow.


Fifth Generation grows

Jordan Wilkow

Marc’s son Jordan is elected to M & J’s Board of Directors in 2021, and then joins M & J full time in January 2023


New Acquisition

Maui Outlets

M & J Wilkow and Bixby Bridge Capital team up to acquire Outlets of Maui


Third Party Expansion

Water Tower

M & J Wilkow expands its third-party management program to include Water Tower Place, One Bellevue Place, and CenterSquare’s national Essential Service Retail Portfolio


Portfolio Value Reaches $3B

Financialchart 3b

Portfolio value reaches $3 billion