NELSON Chicago is a diverse blend of Teammates and home to several of NELSON’s firm-wide centers of excellence.

We entered the market in 2003 to service our financial sector clients, including Bank of America and Chase, with the vision of becoming a local leader. A few years later NELSON merged with Chicago based GHK, which contributed over a quarter of a century in strong relationships and allowed NELSON to extend our service offering to many more market sectors.

In June 2012, we implemented a merger with another well recognized Chicago based firm, Torchia and Associates, with extensive corporate experience and specialties in both the law firm and media market sectors.

NELSON's Chicago operations are currently managed by Mitchell Cohen. Our nationally recognized Legal Workplace practice co-leader, Marty Festenstein, is Chicago based. Marty and his team have developed relationships with several AmLaw 100 firms, leveraging the NELSON network to service his law firm clients, often in multiple locations. Currently, in addition to projects with local clients such as Gogo, Red Frog Events, Digitas, Razorfish, ZenithOptimedia and Thermos, national account work being done in Chicago includes Bank of America and Nielsen. For Nielsen alone, over the last three years, the Chicago based core team has designed projects in Kenya, Italy, Korea, China, Switzerland and New York City, to name but a few.

Contact Information

Nathaniel Porter
30 West Monroe Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

NELSON Insights

CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.



Creating NEw Opportunities

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Effective November 1, 2016, AAI Design has merged operations with NELSON. The fourth merger on the west coast for NELSON, this deal brings the regional count to over 80 and brings the total number of west coast offices to five.



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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 


FOCUSING on music and design

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Looking for a fresh new concept that not only captured elements of the music industry but also the city of Minneapolis, Pandora Internet Radio turned to NELSON to provide interior design services for the renovation of their existing office in the IDS Tower.


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NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Officially Join Operations, establish the Southeastearn USA as a “Super Region”.


NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Join Operations


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Fieldglass commissioned NELSON to redesign space with a focus on the creation of a more collaborative work environment allowing for a more efficient workflow.

Fieldglass Inc


creating design that "takes off" 

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Gogo commissioned NELSON to create a final workplace solution that would allow for aggressive growth and flexibility while considering new ways of working in a collaborative space.