In 2020, Michael Wexler formed CANVAS Real Estate Collective with his partner Andrew Becker. Michael has nearly 15 years of distinct retail real estate experience in leasing, tenant representation, acquisition, due diligence, valuation and lease restructuring. Michael has comprehensive experience as real estate advisor to local, national and institutional landlords, retailers, restauranteurs, private equity businesses, lenders and restructuring professionals. Michael has concentrated his time and energy to establish an expert knowledge in Chicago’s urban retail landscape. The scope of knowledge reaches from high street retail in the downtown area to neighborhood environments throughout the greater city of Chicago. In addition to Chicago’s urban core, Michael specializes in leasing retail product in major university environments throughout the country.
Michael has advised many retailers on their entrance into and expansion throughout Chicago. A sampling of present and past Tenant clients include; Sweetgreen, Brown Bag Seafood Company, Foxtrot, Everlane, Blue Mercury, La Colombe, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, LaserAway, GOOP, Y7, BOKA Restaurant Group, Arc’Teryx, UFC Gyms, Royal Palms Shuffleboard, and many other great brands. On the Product side, Michael has represented Core Spaces, Newcastle Limited, L3, LFI, Northpond Partners, MAC Management, Jenel Management Corporation, CIM, DRW/Convexity, Hubbard Street Partners, LG Development, Berger Realty Group and many more. Prior to forming CANVAS, from 2013-2020, Michael was Senior Vice President in the Urban Group at Chicago based Mid-America Real Estate Corporation. Prior to Mid-America, he was the Managing Broker at J. Patrick Realty from 2007-2013.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a board member of Camp Out for Kids.