Danny Nikitas

Principal, Agency Leasing
Landlord Representation

  • Chicago
  • One South Wacker Drive
  • Suite 3000
  • Chicago, IL 60606-4649 US

A well-known member of the Chicago real estate community for more than 30 years, Danny joined Avison Young in 2014 as a Principal and Managing Director of the Chicago office. He oversees continued growth and development in the Chicago region, taking the lead on recruiting more great talent, continuing to work with clients to develop their real estate solutions, and partnering with all of the other Principals to further build the Avison Young brand in the Midwest.

In the seven years prior to joining Avison Young, Danny was executive vice president of MB Real Estate, where he led the firm’s business development efforts, including sourcing third-party management and leasing opportunities, provided tenant representation services and handling potential equity investments.

Danny was also executive vice president of Leasing for Prime Group Realty Trust, where he directed the leasing activity of approximately 7 million square feet of office space in downtown and suburban Chicago. He was also executive vice president of leasing with Shorenstein Realty Services, where he oversaw the leasing activity of approximately 4 million square feet of office space in downtown Chicago and other metropolitan areas in the Midwest region.

As a broker, Danny has secured more than 500 lease transactions totaling more than 4.5 million square feet in buildings such as Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), John Hancock Center, Prudential Plaza, AMA Plaza (formerly One IBM Plaza) and Citigroup Center.

Danny is a former President and current Board Member Emeritus of COLBA (Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association); a Board Member of Lou Malnati’s Annual Cancer Benefit; a CREA Member for the Crain’s Greater Chicago Food Depository Awards Dinner; and a member of REACH, which puts on the annual City of Hope Fundraiser at House of Blues.
Danny attended Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois from 1977 to 1979 and graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont with a degree in English Literature in 1982. During his last two years at St. Mikes, Danny captained the basketball team and edited the school’s poetry publication, the Onion River Review. Prior to a career in commercial real estate, Danny played professional basketball in Greece.

Danny resides in Glenview, Illinois with his wife of 29 years, Margaret, where they continue to raise three sons, Jamie, Danny and Charlie.


100 S State St
100 S State St
Chicago, IL 60603
Office For Lease