Chicago Reigns on Broadway and Some Lovely Listings!

How exciting when the world is blessed by artistry and culture coming out of Chicago!  My friend Steve Traxler of Jam Theatricals got the ball rolling for “August:  Osage County” by bringing it to Broadway over six years ago, then staying on as one of the Producers of the current movie version (along with “only” Mr. George Clooney and the famous Weinstein brothers).  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Meryl as Best Actress and Julia as Best Supporting Actress come Oscar Sunday.  Do I really have to give last names?

And the last year has also been exciting for one of my clients as well, namely Mary Lu Roffe with her Tony award for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” earlier in 2013.  Her list of Broadway credits goes on and on, including previous Tony Awards for producing “Boeing-Boeing” and “Spamalot” and numerous Tony nominations over the years.  I wonder how many Broadway theatergoers know that the shows they are watching came to them courtesy of these great Chicagoans?

I wanted to put in a word about another friend named Steve Peterson, an up and coming Chicago playwright, whose work “The Invasion of Skokie” played at the Mayer Kaplan Center in the middle of 2013.  His companion play is titled “The Shabbos Goy”, and it will have a staged reading at the Chicago Dramatists theater, (312) 633-0630, on January 25th.  Steve was awarded first prize for his dark comedy “Affluence” in the nationwide Julie Harris playwriting competition and that play will be presented in Los Angeles later in 2014.  Way to go Steve!

Now back to my first and foremost mission in life, representing the finest in Chicago Real Estate for both buyers and sellers.  First I am thrilled to have a listing in the historic Metropolitan Building at 310 North Michigan Avenue, Unit 1107.  It was built in 1924 and originally known as the Straus Building.  It was designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, the successor to the historic architectural firm established by the renowned Daniel Burnham. 

It is topped with an amazing Art Deco pyramid, four Carillon bells, and a twenty foot high blue beacon that radiates a striking deep blue hue over beautiful Michigan Avenue.  It is steps away from the Art Institute and a short walk from the amazing sights of Millennium Park.

Also I am proud to be representing one of the grandest single family homes in Lincoln Park, 1901 North Dayton.  It sits on a commanding corner lot where sunshine flows in all day long.  It has one of the most extensive outdoor kitchens in Lincoln Park, and has a huge, delightful children’s play area on the lower level where a large part of the wall is actually a big chalkboard! 

With 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, and over 6,000 sq ft of space, it will support a large family in full comfort as well as serving the largest of social gatherings with its lavish Kitchen and huge Family Room and formal Living Room on the main level.  It is fun to host showings and see the eyes grow wider in amazement as the tour unfolds.  Take a look at Melindajakovich.com!

In the depths of January it is nice to know that Chicago’s famous season of Charity events and Benefits is not too far away.  Keep April 25th open, it’s not too soon to think about the Joffrey Ballet’s grand Spring Gala.  The photo shows just a portion of the dance floor from last year’s event, imagine being there to see the whole thing!

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