CBOT Leases 1930 Trading Floor to PEAK6
CHICAGO, February 24, 2004
The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT¨) announced today that it has leased its historic 1930 Trading Floor, to PEAK6, an Equity option market-making firm.

Kevin Lennon, Vice President of Real Estate Operations for the Board of Trade said, "We are thrilled to add PEAK6 to our roster of tenants. This lease demonstrates that our location and unmatched infrastructure is highly valued by any tenant who needs high reliability and wants to be in the heart of the financial community. PEAK6 is the second major financial company to relocate to the Board of Trade Building in the last few months. The south end of LaSalle Street is still seen as a highly desirable location."

PEAK6 is relocating from a nearby building and is expanding to a total lease space in excess of 33,000 square feet. This allows for all of its trading operations to be in one contiguous and column free space, accommodating in excess of 200 people.Ê The Equity option firm is converting the trading floor into office/electronic trading space. According to J.P. Just, Chief Operating Officer of PEAK6, "The open space, with its 30 foot ceilings and expansive windows looking onto LaSalle Street, make the space truly unique. We chose the Board of Trade Building because of its prominent location at the center of the financial district, with its spectacular Art Deco architecture and, most importantly, its superior infrastructure."

The Board of Trade Building has unsurpassed infrastructure and is designed and operated for high reliability functions, particularly, electronic trading operations. In addition, the building is equipped with six separate ComEd substations fed through 10 diverse feeds, has unsurpassed communications infrastructure including three fiber backbones throughout the building, and a fully redundant mechanical plant with both its own chillers and Exelon Thermal's district cooling service.

For decades, the 1930 Trading Floor served as the sole trading venue for the CBOT until 1982, when the Exchange built its South Annex, moving all agricultural trading into the new South Trading Floor. The rapidly expanding CBOT Financial Trading remained on the 1930 Trading Floor until 1997 when the CBOT opened its new state-of-the-art Financial Trading Facility. Most recently, the 1930 Trading Floor housed the Mid-America Commodity Exchange until its closure two years ago.