Middleton Partners 

is a Chicago-based firm that invests in real estate, lower middle-market operating businesses, venture capital, and other opportunistic assets. We balance the risk and return of every opportunity with extensive due diligence. Our strong investor base allows us to quickly deploy capital. Middleton is not a fund, and therefore, is not constrained by a fixed investment mandate or time horizon.

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Real Estate Investments

Middleton’s real estate portfolio exceeds 4.5 million square feet, and our partners have extensive experience in the acquisition and development of office, industrial, retail, residential, medical office and data center properties in various markets across the country. Projects range from a few thousand to several hundred thousand square feet with valuations ranging from $2.5MM to more than $150MM.

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Acquisition of a 1.6M SF regional distribution center outside of Nashville, TN

Hampton Inn

Redevelopment of a 352-room multi-brand hotel adjacent to Chicago’s renown Magnificent Mile

411 East Wisconsin Center

700,000 square foot Class a office today in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2367 West Logan

Joint-venture investment in a value-add retail & signage opportunity on Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood

1000 South Clark Street

Development & construction of a 29 story, 469 unit luxury multifamily project in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois

Tallgrass Corporate Center

533,000 square foot Class a office today in Bolingbrook, Illinois

Actuant Corporation HQ

Long-term sale/leaseback of an 82,000 square foot Class A corporate headquarters in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Amberley Woods

Speculative development of a 9-acre land parcel in Lake Forest, Illinois

Axcelis Technologies HQ

Long-term sale/leaseback of a 440,000 square foot headquarters and high-tech assembly facility in suburban Boston, Massachusetts

Private Equity Investments

Middleton invests in middle-market manufacturing, distribution, and service companies across the US. We leverage our manufacturing, supply chain, and marketing expertise to grow portfolio companies within the Consumer Products and Commercial Foodservice industries. Middleton utilizes sales relationships across multiple markets including commercial foodservice, ecommerce, mass market, grocery, and healthcare.


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Middleton seeks private equity opportunities with the following characteristics:

Standalone companies with $1-20 million of EBITDA. We are sector agnostic, but have increased interest in consumer products and commercial food service equipment.

Orphaned brands or businesses that can serve as add-on investment opportunities in the in the retail (outdoor, housewares, fitness, beach, cooling, seasonal, baby, pet), hospitality, and healthcare space with revenues greater than $2 million.

Profitable companies seeking growth equity to pursue add-on acquisitions or organic growth opportunities.

Venture Capital Investments

Middleton utilizes its deep understanding of Consumer Product, Commercial Foodservice, and Real Estate to invest in new ventures, both directly and through funds.


In the News

Pinstripes to go public

Restaurant chain Pinstripes to go public via $520 million SPAC deal

June 23 (Reuters) - Restaurant chain Pinstripes, which offers Italian food along with bowling and bocce, said on Friday it will go public through a merger with a blank-check firm in a deal valued at about $520 million...

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O2C Brands Expands

O2C Brands Expands Family of Brands With EcoVessel and U-Konserve Acquisitions

CHICAGO--O2COOL LLC announces a rebranding to O2C Brands LLC. The new name reflects the corporate strategy of being a synergistic operating company of multiple consumer brands....

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O2COOL Expands With LunchBots Acquisition

 O2COOL announces the acquisition of LunchBots, which designs and markets innovative stainless steel bento boxes, thermoses, dip containers, salad bowls and more to simplify...

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Middleton Partners buys Milwaukee office tower

Middleton Partners, a private real estate investment firm, has acquired 411 E. Wisconsin Avenue, a Milwaukee- based office tower. The seller is Riverview Realty Partners...

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Corporate Makeover: Ulta Beauty expanding suburban headquarters

Ulta Beauty is expanding its Bolingbrook headquarters, a win for a suburban office market that has lost major corporate tenants to Downtown Chicago in recent years...

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