Archive for 2011

A Joyous Journey Down Milwaukee Avenue!

I recently drove down Chicago’s famous Milwaukee Avenue, all the way from Lawrence Avenue down to North Avenue.  Since Milwaukee runs at an angle, there are dramatic urban spaces formed every time there is a major cross street, with several spots along the length of Milwaukee Avenue having a “Six Corners” layout where three major... Read more »

Revisiting Chicago's RANCH Triangle Neighborhood!

I recently took on a listing at 1901 N. Dayton, located in the RANCH Triangle section of Lincoln Park, and I am having an even greater appreciation for the neighborhood in that part of Chicago. The RANCH gets its name from the boundaries, roughly from the Chicago River on the East to Halsted Street on... Read more »

The Magnificent Hancock Center and Bruce Graham - and the White Sox' Paul Konerko!

I recently took on a listing at the Hancock Center, and since I enjoy learning about the buildings I work with I wanted to share some interesting history on the building and the famous architect who designed it, Bruce Graham! Graham became famous as the leader of Chicago’s biggest architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill,... Read more »
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Remembering a War Hero - My Father Marko

Over the years I have normally hosted a Fourth of July party over in Union Pier for my family but this year I was invited to see the other side of the coin and I’ll be staying with friends who live in Forest Beach, one of the last communities before you get to New Buffalo... Read more »

Remembering the Rise of West Lincoln Park!

Remembering the Rise of West Lincoln Park!
Can you think of a Chicago neighborhood that started out as three sleepy parallel streets, each street uninterrupted by stops signs for a full quarter mile?  That is now home to an ex-race car driver?  That is bordered on one end with a High School and on the other end with an Elementary School?  That... Read more »

Strolling Multi-Faceted Michigan Avenue and Remembering a Friend

I think the best way to see Chicago is to walk whenever and wherever you can!  I walked from Roosevelt Road to Oak Street just this morning along Michigan Avenue, and I was struck with some amazing insights.  The Blackstone Hotel, the stately Chicago Hilton and the amazing Auditorium Theater were early standouts as I... Read more »
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No Smoke on the Horizon(!) and Early Summer Festivals!

I attended a national Association of Realtors (NAR) meeting where I serve on the Governmental Affairs Committee.  One of the key points of discussion is the growing movement in Condo Associations to consider adopting bylaws that will ban smoking in the entire building.  One building in the Gold Coast has already passed such a restriction.... Read more »

Chicago Real Estate Still Alive and Some Worthy Causes

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... Read more »

Chicago Street Festivals and What Happened to the Bulls?

Well, it’s Summer Festival time in the City!  This weekend there’s a huge street fest going on up by Wrigleyville at Belmont and Sheffield, and of course there’s the 57th Street Art Fair on June 4th and 5th in Hyde Park.               Followed by the famous Old Town Art... Read more »
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Hope, Real Estate, and Charity Events Spring Eternal!

Hope, Real Estate, and Charity Events Spring Eternal!
The Spring events season is coming on full force!  Friday the 13th was not a bad luck day at all for outgoing 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley!  She was the recipient of the Outstanding Community Leader award at the Lincoln Park Conservancy’s annual Glass House Gala, held at the beautiful Conservatory at Fullerton and Stockton. ... Read more »