Farewell to Zaha Hadid

You may have heard about the recent passing of Zaha Hadid, a world renowned architect famous for strikingly innovative designs and for breaking new ground for women in architecture. She was a Muslim, raised in Iraq and later establishing a large architectural firm in London, receiving the honor of being a Dame of the Order... Read more »

He's Done It Again!

My partner Lucien Lagrange has once again ranked highly in Curbed Chicago’s Ten Most Expensive Residential Buildings list.  He has numerous buildings on the list, including the No. 1 building which is his re-design and rehab of the Ambassador West condo building shown above.  I have always admired how he designs from the Inside-out, so... Read more »

Exciting City Skyline "SuperTalls"!

There are three exciting projects that will soon be making significant additions to our beautiful skyline.  First and foremost is a new building at 1000 South Michigan, designed by Helmut Jahn, with a unique, stunning design.  In the left hand photo you are looking North with the Aon building, formerly the Standard Oil building in... Read more »
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Natalie de Blois, An Architectural Pioneer

Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange has always admired one of the early American woman architects, Natalie de Blois, and as I read up on her it was truly eye opening.  She was one of only five or six women architects in America with a substantial practice when she began her career in 1944 after graduating from... Read more »

A "Belle Epoque" Event at the Ragdale Gala and Preserving a Gem of a Park!

The beautiful grounds of the Ragdale Estate in Lake Forest will be the site of the Ragdale Gala on Saturday June 13.  The Gala supports Ragdale, an artistic environment located at the Ragdale Estate, where each year as many as 150 designers, architects, writers and other artists-in-residence enjoy a supportive workspace and freedom from distractions;... Read more »

Will the Lucas Museum Be Allowed to "Park" in the Park?

It could be that the proposed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts will end up being ushered in to Chicago by the “Empire” of Rahm Emanuel and the political powers that be.  They want to “steer” the huge spaceship-like showpiece in to Chicago, buttressed by as much as $400 million of Lucas’s own money, gracefully... Read more »
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Gracefully Blending Old and New in Chicago's Gold Coast!

First of all let’s get it right out there – I’m so happy about my listing for a special Condominium in the beautiful Walton-on-the-Park building at 2 West Delaware.  It is the best in Gold Coast living with restaurants and the Magnificent Mile a few blocks away. Yet the building’s world is more tranquil than... Read more »

Famous Bridgeport and a Hopeful Story from the Middle East

Chicago’s Real Estate Market is finally going up again!  I have tons of interest in a beautiful unit in Trump Tower (shown above) and I am so pleased to be working for such a well-known name as Berkshire Hathaway, who took Prudential Rubloff and Koenig & Strey and merged them under the Berkshire Hathaway Home... Read more »

Welcome to West Town, Gaiety at the Goodman, and My Prolific Clients!

West Town stretches from the Chicago River on the East to Kedzie Street on the West, and from Kinzie on the south to the soon-to-be-world-famous Bloomingdale Line on the north, (a grand, two mile long ‘linear park’ is being built on the elevated embankment of an old railroad line).  It’s a large community area north and west... Read more »
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Isn't It Grand? A Walk Along Chicago's Grand Avenue

On a beautiful Spring Day there is nothing like a stroll down Grand Avenue.  The streetscape has to be one of the most varied in the City as you start at Michigan Avenue at Nordstrom’s and start heading West.  The North Bridge shopping mall doesn’t get the same kind of international press as Water Tower... Read more »