John Musgjerd

John Musgjerd

Senior Managing Director

Current Responsibilities
John is a veteran in Chicago commercial real estate and a Managing Director of JLL. John has also served as the company’s co-leader for their Suburban Tenant Representation Group. John’s primary responsibilities include the exclusive representation of office space users in strategic real estate planning and execution.​

Years of experience



John has navigated his clients through a wide variety of office related transactions including new lease renewals and restructures; renegotiations; and the sale or acquisition of commercial land and office buildings. Over the last four years, John has brokered the development of new buildings for use and occupancy by his clients. This includes the North American headquarters for Zurich North American Insurance Company (748,000 square feet), Navistar World headquarters (1,200,000 square feet), and Universal Technical Institute (180,000 square feet). As Team Leader, John manages strategic planning, site selection, architect and developer selection, capital structure, state and municipal incentives, internal/external communications, legal terms, and document review and execution.

In 2013, John led the team that was awarded the Greater Chicago Food Depository Office Broker Team of the Year. He has been nominated Office Broker of the Year in Chicago eight times. John has also received recognition for creative and innovative transactions included Chicago's Innovative Deal of the Year Award for 2010. John is consistently recognized by JLL as a top producer, including achieving "Top Gun" status for being in the top 5% nationally for five of the last seven years.

Key transactions
  • Zurich North American Insurance Company – 780,000 s.f.
  • Universal Technical Institute – 180,000 s.f.
  • Navistar - 1,200,000 s.f.
  • OfficeMax - 365,000 s.f.
  • International Truck - 250,000 s.f.
  • Central States Funds - 211,000 s.f.
  • Chicago Housing Authority - 165,000 s.f.
  • Comcast - 125,000 s.f.
  • Tribune Company - 85,000 s.f.
  • Cricket Communications - 50,000 s.f.


  • Winner of Office Broker of the Year in Chicago, 2013
  • Nominated Office Broker of the Year in Chicago eight times
  • Chicago's Innovative Deal of the Year Award for 2010
  • "Top Gun" status for being in the top 5% nationally

Education and Affiliations

John is a graduate from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Wilmette, Illinois. He has four children, two of whom have graduated from Miami University and the Illinois Institute of Art, another attending Columbia College, and the fourth at the University of Colorado. John's wife Marilyn, founded her own landscape design company in 1996, Marilyn's Dreamscapes, and in 2009 completed her Master of Landscape Design degree at Illinois Institute of Technology. John is an avid golfer and most summer weekends can be found at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.​