Leaders in the real estate industry for more than 20 years, the team at Penn is widely known for providing exceptional service to buyers, sellers, and tenants.

Joseph P. Esselman

Joe Esselman is the president and managing broker at Penn Real Estate.  After a highly successful career at Inland Real Estate Sales, Inc., he founded Penn to ensure that each of his clients receives the attention and service that they deserve.

Joe has facilitated more than $100 million worth of commercial real estate transactions. He has experience with multi-family investments, retail leasing and sales, tenant/buyer representation, and industrial disposition. This varied background allows him to successfully broker projects of all sizes and values. He is a critical partner in the deal-making process. Joe’s dedication, expertise, creativity, and tireless work ethic allow him to serve the best interests of every client—and negotiate transactions that often exceed their expectations.

He serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce as well as Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association. Over the course of his career, Joe has also given his time to the Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Investment Association, and the Chicago Apartment Association.  

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, he lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.


Chris Hutchinson

Chris Hutchinson has leased hundreds of apartments since beginning his real estate career in 2008. He is experienced with traditional leasing methods, but also works with nonprofit organizations on Chicago’s South side to secure housing for families, including those with military veterans. These organizations include Catholic Charities, Thresholds, and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, among many others. 

Chris has worked extensively in Chicago’s Southside communities. He is a familiar and respected face, known for helping families in need of housing, coaching people at risk of becoming homeless, and providing jobs to youths. Chris is a proud sponsor of the local AIDS Walk, Breast Cancer Walk, and Veterans Hunger Walk in South Shore.

Commercial Brokerage

Real estate transactions can be daunting—unless you have an expert on your side.

Our brokerage team has the experience and knowledge to smoothly navigate the bumps  that arise with nearly any transaction.

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