Archive for 2011

Recent Trends and Creative Urban Parks

Real Estate never sleeps!  Even as we head into the Holidays and the cold months, me and my fellow brokers keep the heat on – homes are for sale, buyers are making decisions, never a dull moment! Buyers are finding some of the best values we have had in years, while others are joining the... Read more »

'Reflecting' on Real Estate and the Lights of the Season!

How things change in the Real Estate market!  A few years ago I was consulting with the developers of the XO development in the South Loop, my clients Keith Giles and Jerry Karlik.  I was honored to be chosen to list and sell Jerry’s condo recently.  As you can see the plans called for one of the... Read more »

Some Worthy Causes and Real Estate Update!

PAWS Chicago, Chicago’s largest no-kill animal shelter, is having their annual gala tonight at the Drake Hotel. They are expecting over 750 guests, and Dogs are allowed, with a doggie buffet provided and even an Animal Masseuse! Please consider donating to this very worthwhile event! I also strongly support the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation,... Read more »
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Is Luxury Real Estate Going to the Dogs Or Not?

Since I specialize in higher end real estate, a recent article about $1 million+ home sales by Chicago Magazine’s real estate writer, Dennis Rodkin, was very informative.  By way of attribution the following data comes from his article at chicagomag.com. For Chicago Metro area $1 million+ home sales, the slip-off from the glory years has... Read more »

The Beautiful Legacy of Mies Van Der Rohe and Kudos to SOAR!

I recently helped a client write an offer for a unit in 860 N. Lake Shore Drive, one of the twin, 26 story towers along the Lake just North of Chicago Avenue, one at 860 and one at 880 N. Lake Shore Drive.  They were famously designed by Mies van der Rohe and built between... Read more »

A Nice Blend of Old and New: The Newberry Library, Bughouse Square, and the Park Newberry at 55 W. Delaware!

As the political scene starts to ramp up as we approach 2012 we are seeing the full deployment of all the latest and greatest social networking tools and social media by the candidates. But Chicago has a special place where people with a cause or a political position could go and stand up and be... Read more »
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Bertrand Goldberg, Chicago's Rental Hotels, and the Joffrey Couture and Cocktails Event!

Marina City, River City, and the Prentice Women’s Hospital are notable buildings around Chicago that were designed by the great architect Bertrand Goldberg.  A special exhibition devoted exclusively to Goldberg and his works opened on Saturday September 17th at the Art Institute of Chicago and will run until January 15, 2012. Goldberg belongs in the company of the... Read more »

The Residences on Lake Shore Park - The Pride of Pearson Street!

Before I write about some beautiful buildings along Pearson Street I wanted to share about a great charity that is working hard on behalf of hospitalized children and their families.  The Ronald McDonald House charity of Northern Illinois has made great progress towards building the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world!  It is at... Read more »

Dearborn Park and the Beginnings of Chicago's South Side Development!

I enjoy long walks and having the chance to closely observe the neighborhoods of this city that I love.  Recently my strolling took me north and west of my home in Museum Park over to Dearborn Station. Dearborn Station is a beautiful old train station building on Polk Street at the southern terminus of Dearborn... Read more »
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The Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago's Five Star Standout - and the Air Show!

Chicago’s hospitality to the discerning traveler was greatly enhanced in March of 1989 with the opening of the fabulous, Five Star, Four Seasons Chicago. This impressive structure is 66 stories tall, and rates as the 7th tallest building in Chicago and the 25th tallest building in the United States.  How can a 66 story building... Read more »