Press Releases

September 09, 2021

CHICAGO – Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces that it represented Art in Motion, a Distinctive Schools campus, and a charter school that promotes creativity and increases access to artistic pursuits, in the purchase of 7415 S. East End Ave., a 110,000-square-foot property in the South Shore neighborhood. Transwestern Executive Managing Director Larry Serota and Vice President Alex Genova provided Tenant Advisory + Workplace Solutions services for Art in Motion.

“Transwestern has been an invaluable partner throughout this process,” said Scott Frauenheim, Chief Executive Officer of Distinctive Schools. “We are thrilled for the future of Art in Motion, and look forward to the incredible opportunities this new, expanded space will provide for students in the South Shore community.”

Key elements of the renovation include a new broadcast studio, recording studio, theater and additional classroom space. Renovations are expected to be complete in time for the 2022-2023 academic year. Upon completion, Art in Motion will be a full arts high school that serves students in seventh through 12th grade.

"It was an honor to partner with Distinctive Schools on their Art in Motion campus,” said Serota. “They serve as a beacon of hope within the community and play an instrumental role for kids in the arts with their innovative and award-winning curriculum.”  

Charter schools are the fastest-growing sector of U.S. education. Currently, 64,795 students are enrolled across 141 charter schools in Illinois, with 122 of those schools in Chicago.

“We are so grateful for the partnership Distinctive Schools has developed with Transwestern,” said Erin Lanoue, Chief Operating Officer of Distinctive Schools. “The strong communication and clear expertise that Transwestern brought to the table was evident throughout, and we are elated to have secured this space and to provide our students with academic and artistic opportunities for years to come.”

Founded in 2019 under Distinctive Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the work of charter schools, Art in Motion is committed to closing the opportunity gap by providing access to rich learning experiences that allow students to think and learn deeply. Their middle school to high school model exposes students to real-world projects, self-directed learning and small group instruction.

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About Distinctive Schools
Distinctive Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the work of charter schools in historically marginalized communities. The team includes passionate educators and determined leaders who innovate, trailblaze and collaboratively lead a public education transformation, as well as ensure that each and every one of Distinctive Schools students thrive in college, career, and life. 

About Transwestern Real Estate Services
Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types through a comprehensive perspective and by providing solutions grounded in sound market intelligence. Part of the Transwestern companies, the firm applies a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Tenant Advisory + Workplace Solutions, Capital Markets, and Research & Investment Analytics.

The privately held Transwestern companies have been delivering a higher level of personalized service and innovative real estate solutions since 1978. Through an integrated, customized approach that begins with good ideas, the firm drives value for clients across commercial real estate services, development, and investment management. Operating from 33 U.S. offices, Transwestern extends its platform capabilities globally through strategic alliance partners whose unique geographic, cultural, and business expertise fuels creative solutions. Learn more at and @Transwestern.

Media Contact:
Cicely Samuels

Larry Serota

Executive Managing Director

Chicago, Illinois

(312) 881-7038

Alex Genova

Vice President

Rosemont, Illinois

(847) 588-5648