Archive for 2011

Honors to Jack Wing and an LED Lighting Update!

Before my Real Estate career I worked for the investment banking and trading firm The Chicago Corporation.  I have fond memories of the many good people I worked with there, and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for our Chairman at the time, Jack Wing, who is now the Chairman Emeritus of... Read more »

Loyalty, Royalty, and Chicago's Own Gala Events

Loyalty manifests itself in many ways.  One kind is Loyalty to a good cause, being steadfast in supporting it and honoring those who might have triggered you to become involved. I am proud of several friends who were moved to become involved and stay loyal to two different causes.  I admire the important roles they... Read more »

A Broker's Story - He Stole Millions but Returned the Garage Door Clickers!

I once had a listing in an exclusive Chicago Hotel/Condo building.  My client decided to rent his unit out for a year, so I helped him find a very charming tenant, a credit worthy, ‘Big Money’ guy who sailed through the vetting process and moved right in.     Towards the end of the year... Read more »
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From the 1933 World's Fair "Homes of Tomorrow" to Millennium Park!

You wouldn’t believe it based on this weekend, but last weekend was a great one for hiking outdoors!  I chose to head to Indiana Dunes, which is not far from my favorite area along the Lake for looking at vacation homes, namely Union Pier.  I see so many Chicago people I know walking along the... Read more »

The Birth of West River North and the Legacy of Montgomery Ward

I recently had some successful business with units in the Montgomery Building at 500 W. Superior, former HQ of Montgomery Ward’s, which is part of the former Wards complex.  Being back there brought me back to the early 90’s and some early successes in my real estate career. The Wards complex first arose in 1907... Read more »

Real Estate and Baseball Bloom in the Spring!

Wow what a week it’s been!  I usually keep it light but there’s no shame in sharing that sometimes selling Real Estate can be disappointing.  I put my heart and soul into my work, and I was passionate about a recent land deal that ultimately failed to come together.  It was a large, unique parcel... Read more »
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Cherishing Chicago Icons and Strong Women

Chicago is lucky to have “living legends” walking among us, people we are lucky to be able to see, talk to, and honor right now.  I was struck by how fortunate we are when I recently attended an event at the beautiful Piccolo Sogno Restaurant honoring Victor Skrebneski, our very own yet also world-renowned photographer. ... Read more »

Athletes and Their Real Estate

It has been interesting to track the choices that Chicago’s famous athletes have made when it comes to Real Estate.  Sometimes they pick places that are close to their training facilities like the Berto Center in Deerfield for the Bulls or Halas Hall in Lake Forest for the Bears, sometimes they pick places that are... Read more »

Major Real Estate Events Honoring Benjamin Marshall and Commercial Real Estate Projects

Commercial real estate took a front seat in Chicago over the last few days.  On Thursday the 10th there was an elegant awards ceremony for the 23rd Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards.  The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and benefitted the Greater Chicago Food Depository.       Among the many... Read more »
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Real Eastate Update, The Garden Show, and Chicago's Own Union League Club

Well, with better weather we are hoping the Real Estate market will also start to ‘heat up’!  On a National level, new home sales jumped 17.5% in December to the highest level in 8 months.  Also, from a Remax of Northern Illinois report, while still running below 2009 levels, December 2010 home sales in the... Read more »