John Deere Chicago Office

  • Client Thor Equities, LLC
  • Expertise Interiors, Workplace
  • Region North America
  • Location Chicago, Illinois, United States

Building on a legacy of innovation, the company's first urban office offers light-filled, flexible, and collaborative workspaces designed for employee well-being and connections to the outdoors.

Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2023
  • Size Building Gross Area: 31,000 square feet
  • Collaborators
    Schuler Shook dbHMS Thor Equities, LLC Teknion LLC Stream Realty Partners - Austin CBRE - Chicago Herman Miller Tretford Americas Axis Lighting Inc Louis Poulsen Lighting, Inc. Turnpost Interior Investments Pigott Inc Watson Caesarstone ShawContract Ascher Brothers Modernfold Inc Panda Windows and Doors LLC Advanced Mechanical Systems David Architectural Metals Inc Crown Corr Inc Consolidated Flooring of Chicago LLC Ambius Inc FizFelt Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens Navillus Woodworks Executive Construction Inc. - Chicago John Deere & Co.
Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2023
  • Size Building Gross Area: 31,000 square feet
  • Collaborators
    Schuler Shook dbHMS Thor Equities, LLC Teknion LLC Stream Realty Partners - Austin CBRE - Chicago Herman Miller Tretford Americas Axis Lighting Inc Louis Poulsen Lighting, Inc. Turnpost Interior Investments Pigott Inc Watson Caesarstone ShawContract Ascher Brothers Modernfold Inc Panda Windows and Doors LLC Advanced Mechanical Systems David Architectural Metals Inc Crown Corr Inc Consolidated Flooring of Chicago LLC Ambius Inc FizFelt Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens Navillus Woodworks Executive Construction Inc. - Chicago John Deere & Co.

The company’s first urban headquarters

Headquartered since 1848 in Moline, Illinois, John Deere has grown from a pioneering farming equipment manufacturer into a global company that is the world’s largest producer of agricultural machinery. The company’s new Chicago office—its first in an urban center—marks a new era for John Deere. Located in the West Loop, a neighborhood that has become a hub for technology companies, the new office demonstrates Deere’s commitment to innovation and opens new avenues to recruiting world-class talent.

Dave Burk © SOM

Deere occupies the fourth floor of SOM’s 800 Fulton Market, dubbed “Chicago’s smartest building.” The building’s architecture honors the neighborhood’s industrial past while integrating cutting-edge technology—an ethos well aligned with John Deere’s. The vision for the new space focuses on the company’s future and the wellness of its employees, while connecting it to a vibrant neighborhood—all in support of delivering world-class products that customers expect from the John Deere Company. The new 31,000-square-foot headquarters houses nearly 200 employees in a space that celebrates the company’s history and culture.


Making connections

Arriving from the elevators, staff and guests enter the office through a wide space known as “Main Street,” which runs the width of the floor and connects to an outdoor terrace. With a variety of seating arrangements and a large coffee bar, this area can accommodate team collaboration, coffee breaks, larger client events, and even town hall gatherings. Overhead, an array of diagonal fixtures creates intersecting lines of light, providing flexible lighting levels to support the various zones. Intersecting hallways make Main Street the focal point of the office concept as a “crossroads”—a place for connections. 

Dave Burk © SOM

Main Street is punctuated by a 25-foot-long sliding glass wall that opens to an outdoor green space and patio. The terrace offers views of the skyline and of the iconic neon Fulton Market District sign below. Two heated trellises, designed by the same team of structural engineers that designed the building’s signature X-braces, help to blur the line between indoors and out.

Dave Burk © SOM

While John Deere is an established firm with years of experience, collaborating with SOM propelled its understanding of what an office can or should be.


Accommodating a range of work styles

Spaces across the office are designed to accommodate both focused individual work and collaborative team meetings, either in open collaboration spaces or in nearby “bins.” These enclosed and semi-enclosed spaces provide a range of configurations: individual focus rooms, virtual team huddle rooms, and standing work tables. Anchoring the entire office is the Collaboration Core. This space features two large conference rooms that can open up onto a central zone between them, giving large teams space to spread out, write on the walls, and use technology to meet with colleagues across the globe.

Dave Burk © SOM
John Deere Dave Burk © SOM

Rooted in history and place

The design of the Chicago office blends elements from John Deere’s iconic Moline headquarters, designed by Eero Saarinen, with inspirations from the surrounding Fulton Market District. The industrial backlit ceiling within the Collaboration Core evokes the ceilings at the Moline headquarters, while the neon sign embedded in the green wall—with the slogan “Nothing Runs Like a Deere”—references the signage that welcomes visitors to the Fulton Market District.

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