Honoring a Pioneer and Events are 'Springing' Up All Around!

One of the ways I honor my profession is to show respect to Real Estate pioneers like Marshall Bennett.  He was celebrated Thursday night at the debut of an inspiring video and multi-media installation about his life, called “Lifescape: A Video Portrait of Marshall Bennett”. 

The work was produced by his daughter and the debut event took place at Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate.  Bennett is recognized as one of the inventors of the modern Industrial Park, which may sound commonplace now but was a new concept 59 years ago(!) when he and his partner built the O’Hare Industrial Park, followed by more than 26 other office and industrial parks around the country.

Besides his real estate accomplishments he co-founded the Marshall Bennett Institute in 2002, he founded and endowed a Chair of Neurosurgery for Northshore Medical Group, he is a Trustee of the esteemed Weizmann Institute, and he is a Life Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Amazing!

Another well-known name is now one of the biggest names in real estate.  Berkshire Hathaway, one of the most respected brand names in the world, has taken a huge and powerful position in Real Estate.  Their Home Services group now has more than 27,000 brokers, and as of April 1 I am officially a senior broker at KoenigRubloff Realty Group, a combination of Koenig & Strey and Prudential Rubloff brought together by Berkshire Hathaway. 

I am loving my River North apartment, with easy access to the East Bank Club and the all-important Caribou Coffee shop at Kingsbury and Ontario.  The area is so familiar, I was involved in the early development of the incredible homes of Kingsbury Estates, some of which are shown above, and I’ve had many listings both there and at nearby Tuxedo Park.

But I wanted to take a minute and say goodbye to an “old friend”, if a restaurant can qualify as an acquaintance - namely Scoozi’s, which has been serving homemade Italian food since 1986, believe it or not.  I’ll be going several times between now and April 30th when the doors close for good.  I know my friend Charles Haskell, one of the founders of Lettuce Entertain You, will “mourn” the passing of Scoozi as well.

Well, time for one last mention of one of the coolest events of the Chicago charity season, namely the wonderful Joffrey Ballet Spring Gala!  You’ll be dazzled by a private performance of world class ballet at the famous Auditorium Theater, designed by Chicago’s own Louis Sullivan, followed by dinner and dancing in the sparkling elegance of the Chicago Hilton. 

After dinner those tables by the stage get moved out and the dancers come out and join us all on the dance floor. Just try staying focused on your own moves when an angelic ballerina is burning up the dance floor right next to you!  Sign on to http://joffrey.org/gala and lock in on an unforgettable evening…

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