Despite all of the recent reports on home prices falling, there is still hope for Chicago Real Estate! In fact, there is some good momentum down in the 'grass roots' of the industry, namely the brokers and agents who continue to keep the faith and work hard for their clients. I have been fortunate, and was recently named by the President of Coldwell Banker's parent company, NRT, as one of the Top 1% Brokers in the country!
I don't normally go into too much detail about my business but in the face of the recent negative articles about the local market I have taken on three new listings recently. They are all very attractive properties that will generate some nice interest.
First, a 3 Bedroom Condo in the awe-inspiring John Hancock Center at 175 E. Delaware. Bruce Graham made his mark on history by designing this unforgettable building, and the person who becomes the lucky new owner of this 70th Floor unit will love seeing what it is like to live in the Sky.
Second, a 2 Bedroom in the classic Park Newberry. Anyone with a nose for History will love this unit, directly across from famous Bughouse Square and the world-renowned Newberry Library, home to a unique collection of World Maps going back hundreds of years. A beautiful layout and spectacular South views from the oversize balcony.
Third, an exquisite 3 Bedroom Condo along desirable Astor Street in the Park Astor tower at 1515 Astor, very close to the best of Lincoln Park and the Lakefront Bikepath, overlooking the peaceful repose of the Cardinal's Mansion!
Socially, I have attended two Galas recently that merit some attention. First was the Chicago Consular Ball at the Chicago Hilton, hosted by Chicago Sister Cities International, where the Heads-of-Mission for 81 different countries came together in harmony and style. What a great tribute to our City to have one of the largest diplomatic communities outside of Washington D. C. itself! The amazing Ann Lurie was presented with the 2011 Global Citizen Award, a significant and well-deserved honor.
The second Gala was the Chicago Architecture Foundation Annual Gala at the Fairmount Hotel on May 20. It was a beautiful event, benefitting educational programs that will help people be aware of the importance of our architectural legacy and preservation efforts, to help ensure we will have a beautiful Chicago for centuries to come!
Speaking of beautiful architecture, I am on the fence about the decision on whether to demolish the Prentice Women's Hospital building, designed by Bertrand Goldberg, but I am fascinated by his work and wanted to highlight it here. He lived on Astor Street just across from my new listing, coincidentally enough, and River City and of course Marina Towers are just two of the many examples of his amazing work. There will be a huge show about him at the Art Institute of Chicago in September!
Finally, I wanted to post news of a special event, an Open House at Chicago Shriner's Hospital for Children, which will be celebrating 85 Years of Caring for Kids at the hospital, located at 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue. My friend Dr. Jeff Ackman was recently promoted to be Chief of Staff for this tremendous institution, so I encourage one and all to give it your support!
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Tags: Bertrand Goldberg, Bruce Graham, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Consular ball, Chicago Prentice Women's Hospital, Chicago Sister Cities International, Coldwell Banker, Dr. Jeff Ackman, John Hancock Center, Marina Towers, Park Astor, Park Newberry, Shriners Hospitals for Children