Remembering Marshall Bennett and New Buildings in Chicago!

I was sad to hear of the passing of Marshall Bennett on October 13.  My husband Lucien Lagrange knew him and we will remember him and all that he accomplished.  With a partner he invented the concept of having modern Industrial Parks tied in with airports, and developed the Centex Industrial Park in Elk Grove... Read more »

Worthy Charities and a Lincoln Yards Update!

Now that everyone’s Summer vacations are complete, Autumn brings on a wide range of charitable events to Chicago.  The Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board is having a fundraiser at the Drake Hotel on September 26 where Ashley Wheater, the Artistic Director, will give an ‘insider’s view’ of the Joffrey’s “Anna Karenina”, a World Premiere ballet based... Read more »

Beautiful Lincoln Yards and Summer Fun at Lake Geneva!

There is an exciting new project being proposed for a huge area between Lincoln Park and Bucktown, called Lincoln Yards.  It is being developed by a firm called Sterling Bay.  Here is a rendering of this amazing $5 Billion development. There is already a Major League Soccer team lined up to play in the 20,000... Read more »
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The Historic "Ambassadors" and Lincoln Park's Friendly Statues!

Loving the history of Chicago’s older buildings as I do, I was thinking about the long history of the Ambassador West and Ambassador East, two proud buildings in Chicago’s famous Gold Coast, (though, truth be told, they were also the playground of Chicago’s Astor Street citizens! Dennis Rodkin, a great real estate writer over the... Read more »

Some West Loop History and Honoring Ashley Wheater!

There is so much excitement going on in the Chicago Real Estate market I hardly know where to begin, but it is hard to beat the West Loop for an amazing success story. I played a part, serving as lead broker in the early phase of the CA23 development, which was completed by the very... Read more »

Spring Brings Real Estate Excitement and the Joffrey Ballet!

The Spring market has opened with lots of activity!  I have a new listing at 2335 N. Commonwealth, a classic building with elegant, roomy layouts in each unit, just go to http://www.melindajakovich.com to see it.  The building is just steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lake.  You can see how spacious the units... Read more »
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It's a Hot Winter for Real Estate Sales and "Mergers"!

I’ll take a quick break from all things Real Estate and share a picture that shows my Shih-a-Poo Frankie having fun in the huge snows we have been having!  She almost disappears when she runs, we’ve had over a foot of snow! Now on to business:  The beautiful home I listed at 1440 N. Dearborn... Read more »

No More Deep Freeze - Bring on the Joffrey Spring Gala!

Before I go on to lighter topics, I wrote a year ago about Anti Gliboti, a good friend of my fiancé Lucien Lagrange for 30 years.  He is a true “freedom fighter” for Croatia – he was imprisoned by the Communists in 1972, yet survived to become a leading intellectual and writer in his country... Read more »

My Move to Coldwell Banker and Benjamin Marshall Lives On!

Before plunging ahead I would like to announce that my Melinda Jakovich Team has moved from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services back to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage!  I enjoyed my time at Berkshire Hathaway and was their #1 Broker for bringing in new listings in 2016 and earned a Top 1% Ranking from the Chicago Association... Read more »
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Beautiful Listings and a Special Joffrey Ballet Luncheon!

The Spring and Summer real estate markets in Chicago were very active.  In fact, I had two projects line up and close on the very same day!  One was an elegant 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home in the outstanding Lincoln Park 2550 building.  This building continues to rank as one of the top addresses in... Read more »