Lee Dickson
Managing Director / Broker

Lee leads Baum Realty’s Entertainment Practice focusing on incomparable performing arts organizations, immersive and experiential concepts, hospitality professionals, musicians, magicians and all kinds of excitement in between to meet their unusual real estate requirements. She placed the first Immersive Van Gogh experience in the United States in Chicago and continues to work with them as they expand across the country. Her clients’ needs are not always understandable to commercial brokers who focus on office, retail or industrial. Theirs is a special language and she speaks it fluently.

She locates the remarkable, unique spaces that work well for her growing list of clients and makes creative, mutually beneficial deals for landlord and tenant. Notable representations include Lighthouse ArtSpace, Revel Global Events, The Paramount Group and Cards Against Humanity.

Lee joined Baum Realty after a successful run at the helm of Dickson & Co., her commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in urban leasing and sales. She and her partners established The Retail Group, the first brokerage firm in Chicago to specialize in retail properties and tenant representation. Later, she joined forces with Friedman Properties to create three boutique shared office suites businesses which heralded today’s popular co-working spaces. As their Director of Retail, Lee marketed and leased the block known as Tree Studios and Medinah Temple.

She previously led the River North Business Association and served on the Lakeview Pantry’s Capital Campaign to raise funds for their newly expanded home in Uptown. She is an active member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Arts & Business Council, City Club of Chicago, Women in Retail Leasing and EPWNG. She volunteers with The Saints, which supports performing arts organizations through ushering and charitable services.

Ari Topper, CFA
Managing Director / Broker

Ari is a seasoned and respected commercial real estate broker with nearly 20 years of experience practicing real estate. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Ari joined Baum Realty in 2018, specializing in investment sales brokerage, commercial leasing, and investment advisory services. His firm grasp on real estate finance and underwriting, combined with his advanced interpersonal skills make Ari a rare “double threat” in the brokerage world. Ari has experience with a wide variety of property types such as multi-family, retail, office, and industrial and has represented sellers, buyers, landlords, and tenants in his career.

Ari holds the highly regarded Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, the LEED-AP designation, and is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with a concentration in finance.

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Chuck Whitlock

Senior Vice President / Broker (312) 275-3133
Chuck Whitlock
Senior Vice President / Broker

Charles Whitlock is a Senior Vice President at Baum Realty specializing in the sale and leasing of office, retail, and industrial property in the West Loop, River West, Wicker Park, River North, Goose Island, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, Roscoe Village, Downtown Chicago, the Greater Chicago market, as well as the Denver Metro.

Charles has a comprehensive real estate background, including experience in land use, zoning, financial modeling and real estate development. He has worked on complex projects involving regional lifestyle centers, transit oriented developments, retail pad sites, landlord representation and tenant representation.

A licensed real estate broker in Colorado and Illinois, Charles earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Denver. He attended the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic. He is actively involved with the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR), and the University of Denver Alumni Organization.

Tyler Dechter
Senior Associate / Broker

Tyler joined Baum Realty in March 2018 and works on both leasing and sales assignments for Baum Realty’s Urban Office & Flex and Investment Sales Divisions. A vital team member, Tyler has made key contributions to multiple successfully completed sales and leasing transactions. Tyler’s primary focus is on all aspects of property due diligence and underwriting. Additionally, he provides landlord representation services and market analysis to a portfolio of office and flex-industrial properties throughout the greater Chicago area.

Prior to joining Baum Realty, Tyler held an analyst position at Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG). During his time at Simon, Tyler prepared lease analysis on rent spreads, occupancy, kick-outs for key retailers, and prepared all applicable bills in accordance with lease terms and resolved tenants’ problems regarding billings and lease language.

Tyler is an active member of ICSC, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP), and The Junior Council of Lurie Children’s Hospital. Tyler is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.

Tyler was born in Northbrook, IL and graduated from Butler University, earning his bachelor’s degree in finance. When not in the office, Tyler can be found on the golf course or spending time with family and friends.

Owen Wiesner
Associate / Broker

Owen joined Baum Realty in June 2021. As a member of the firm's Investment Sales and Urban Office & Flex teams, Owen provides significant contributions to current leasing and investment sales assignments including conducting due diligence, market research, and proactively seeking out new business opportunities.

Prior to joining Baum Realty, Owen interned at CapRock Real Estate on the acquisitions team where his primary focus was finding investment grade multifamily buildings in secondary and tertiary markets that met acquisition criteria. This included conducting demographic market analysis, due diligence, and interfacing with owners and brokers to establish meaningful connections.

Owen is an active member of the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA) and the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance (DREAA).

Owen graduated from DePaul University’s Driehaus School of Business, earning a bachelor’s degree in real estate with a minor in photography. When not in the office, Owen enjoys his free time spent biking, golfing, and skiing.