Does Living on Cleveland Avenue Make You Famous?

Does Living on Cleveland Avenue Make You Famous?

I have had several real estate projects along the beautiful streets of Lincoln Park, but recently I was thinking of one street in particular where a surprising number of creative, successful Chicagoans had all coincidentally chosen to live within a few blocks of each other!  The street is North Cleveland Avenue, running north/south in the middle of the picture above, and as I mentally walked along there I had numerous luminaries come to mind.

Here’s the modernistic home of the late Bruce Graham north of Webster Street along Cleveland.  Though its design does make it stand out from other nearby homes, it is a little less imposing than his architectural triumphs, which you might know include the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center among many many others.

Another famous architect, namely my companion Lucien Lagrange, coincidentally lived just south of Bruce Graham along Cleveland Avenue for a time.  His mark is seen all around Chicago, in structures like the Residences of the Ritz Carlton, the Waldorf Astoria, the Park Hyatt, Lincoln Park 2550 as shown above, and many others.

The remarkable list goes on, with none other than Roger Ebert buying and renovating a three story Victorian north of Dickens on Cleveland Avenue.  The well known TV newsman Walter Jacobsen is also nearby, and other famous neighbors along the street at one time or another include John Carroll, publisher of CS Magazine, businessperson and now Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, luxury Hotel developer Laurence Geller, and real estate development executive Bob Wislow.  That is a lot of talent and accomplishment along a short stretch of Lincoln Park roadway!

Thank goodness the Chicago real estate market is finally roaring back to life, buyers are out in force and several choice properties are up for sale.  I have history going back over the years with the building at 1313 N. Ritchie Court, perfectly positioned along the Lake in the Gold Coast, and I am currently listing Unit 701, a magnificent and spacious (3600 sq ft) 4 Bedroom home.  It has two terraces, one with a beautiful Lake view and another with a City view as shown above.  Take a look at it on my website at!

Well there was bad news today about Harold Ramis, who created so many brilliant comedy movies over the years.  As the stories are being posted today it strikes me that I never really stopped and realized what a great contribution he had made.

But besides that legacy I also appreciated his support for the Joffrey Ballet.  He was Executive Producer for the wonderful documentary that was made about the Joffrey called “Joffrey:  Mavericks of American Dance” that was released in 2012.  His wife was Producer as well.  The movie gave great insight into the uniquely American vision that the Joffrey brought to the art of Ballet.  Of course his gift in making us all laugh will be his greatest legacy, but his efforts on behalf of the Joffrey will never be forgotten.


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