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  Brad Lippitz, Real-estate expert talks twists, love and politics

Like many people's lives, Brad Lippitz's has taken some intriguing twists and turns. In this case, it was a switch from law to (ultimately) real estate that changed his life. Lippitz, a luxury real-estate broker at ...


  Chicago Architecture Center rolls out events for summer and fall 2019

CHICAGO (May 22, 2019) —The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the city's exciting new cultural attraction which is both a hub and gateway to everything architecture in Chicago. The CAC offers an authentic first stop for ...


  Restored Frederick C. Robie House house opens to public March 29

CHICAGO, IL (March 26, 2019) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust announced the reopening of the Frederick C. Robie House on March 29, concluding the final phase of a comprehensive restoration at a total cost of ...


  Legacy Walk passes first round of landmark status voting

The Chicago Landmarks Commission unanimously voted March 7 to confer historic landmark status on the Legacy Walk in Lake View. The commision will vote again on the matter in April. After the April vote, the recommendation ...


  Landmarks Commision set to vote on Legacy Walk designation

The Chicago Landmarks Commission will meet on March 7 and discuss whether or not to confer historic landmark status on the Legacy Walk in Lake View. "It's unbelievable that this is happening," said Victor Salvo, executive ...


  Boystown stretch on the market

A stretch of Boystown that encompasses 3501-19 N. Halsted St.—which includes legendary LGBT nightspot Little Jim's Tavern—is on the market for $7.5 million, according to the commercial real-estate site CREXi. ...


  Dream Town has 'Be You' campaign

Real-estate brokerage firm Dream Town Realty has a brand campaign for 2018, "Be You." The new campaign is inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote "Be yourself—everyone else is already taken." The new ad campaign will come ...


  Open House Chicago: Exploring historical sites for free

Ever wondered what it looks like inside the Ukrainian National Museum or downtown architecture gems like the Railway Exchange Building or the Civic Opera Building? On Oct. 13-14, people can take a peek inside these historical ...


  Architect to discuss local projects Oct. 2

Mark Sexton—co-founder of the firm that designed the Millennium Park's Crown Fountain (2004) in collaboration with artist Jaume Plensa—will tell the story behind the fountain and other projects in the ...


  Renslow building back up for sale

A Chicago building once housing the Man's Country bathhouse is back up for sale, according to reports. Developers had originally planned to turn the building into a condominium complex, but the property has been put back ...


  Leading architecture space re-opens as the Chicago Architecture Center

Walking into the new architecture center downtown can at first be overwhelming. A futuristic map of the world with tall buildings and what the future of Chicago might look like grabs one's attention—with a deep blue ...


  Dream Town starts 'Be You' campaign

Real-estate brokerage firm Dream Town Realty has unveiled a new brand campaign for 2018, titled "Be You." The new campaign is inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote "Be yourself—everyone else is already taken." The new ad ...


  REAL ESTATE The Hampdens--Aiming for luxury living in Lincoln Park

Nestled on a quiet side street off of Diversey Parkway, The Hampdens of East Lincoln Park (The Hampdens) will soon be home to 45 multi-bedroom residences. The two boutique-style, six-story buildings, Hampden 53 and Hampden 73, ...


  Jackhammer, Leather 64TEN proprietors search for new building owner

Two prominent North Side LGBT businesses have just under a month to find a new owner for the building they've long called home, or their businesses are in danger of closing. The building at Clark Street ...


  Village of Homewood gets creative in reaching out

The Village of Homewood has launched a new marketing campaign that asks Chicago to "Think Homewood" if they are considering a move. The campaign focuses efforts on commuters and residents on the near south, west and ...


  Chicago team shares innovations with nat'l LGBT realtor gathering

Based on a press release

Chicago's Dream Town Realty was part of a gathering of more than 200 LGBT and gay-friendly real estate sales professionals from across the United States and Canada which met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in mid-October. The ...


  Chicago LGBT home buyer/seller study released

In advance of the imminent implementation of the new marriage-equality laws on June 1 in Illinois, a groundbreaking new Community Marketing & Insights research study has just been released that was produced in partnership with Chicago's ...


  Dream Town Realty creates LGBT client-services division

A local realty company has created a first-of-its-kind client services team, in hopes of meeting emerging, specific needs of LGBT people in the housing market. During the past several weeks, Dream Town Realty publicly launched a ...


  Real estate forum hosted by Dream Town

"Pride of Ownership" was the focus of a forum hosted by Dream Town LGBT Client Services Division, part of Dream Town Realty in Chicago. The event was at Center on Halsted April 26. Moderator for the ...


  Retail tower planned for Lake View intersection

BlitzLake Capital Partners plans to build a retail-and-apartment building as tall as 12 stories at the intersection of Clark Street and Belmont Avenue, according to The Chicago-based firm paid $5.5 million ...


  Owning real estate: Joint Tenancy or Land Trusts?

Janet and her lover Denise have found a condominium they would like to buy together. Denise wants to own the property in joint tenancy so that title to the condominium will pass to her if Janet ...


  REAL ESTATE: A site to behold

—Address: 340 W. Superior St., PH2, in the River North neighborhood —Market price: $1.4 million —Details: This 2,698-square-foot unit (with two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms) has everything a penthouse condo ...


  Selling real estate without real estate help: unknown territory

Part of a series

With the depressed real estate market we are now facing, some sellers are questioning the need for the services of a real estate agent. Dropping sales' prices and high mortgage payoffs leave home sellers wondering where ...


  REAL ESTATE A site to behold

—Address: 130 N. Garland St. (The Heritage at Millenium Park), penthouse residence 5702—it's a half-block off Michigan Ave., next to the Chicago Cultural Center —Market price: $5.25 million (mostly furnished) ...


  WTTW architect doc wins Hugo Award

WTTW has announced that Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour, 30-minute documentary that premiered on the station March 22, has been recognized with a Silver Plaque from the 2012 Hugo Television Awards in the category of ...


  Real estate news: Ellen, Oprah

—Ellen downsizes: Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi have followed the sale of their $49-million property with the purchase with a more modest $18-million home in Beverly Hills, the Daily Mail reported. The 8,500-square-foot home, ...


  Robo-signing and buying a house

Despite the woes of the housing market, Steve DiMarco—president of Baird & Warner Financial Services and a member of the firm's executive committee—said that the it's actually a good time to purchase a home. "There's a ...


  LGBT housing protections focus on forum

About 15 people attended a forum called "The LGBT Community and Emerging Fair Housing Rights" to discuss new housing protections for the LGBT community at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library April 26. ...


  Real estate news

—Pritzker purchase: A venture of James Pritzker paid $1.2 million last month for an Evanston house he will rent to another family, according to a Crain's item. Pritzker, president and CEO of Tawani Enterprises Inc., lives ...


  Owning real estate: Tenants by the entirety

Part of a series

Q. My lover and I bought our house together and hold title in joint tenancy. Our lawyer said that in case one of us should die the house would go to the survivor with or without a will. I put up ...


  LGBT seniors and reverse mortgages

An increasing number of elder LGBT individuals are investing in reverse mortgages. Steve DiMarco—president of Baird & Warner Financial Services and a member of the firm's executive committee—said that the ...


  NYC hotel serves LGBTA tourists

New York City has its first hotel that's strictly for the LGBTA community. THE OUT NYC is New York City's first "straight-friendly" urban resort, according to a release. The complex is located at 510 W. 42nd ...


  Coming out a winner when selling a house

With the real estate market glutted with properties the three biggest mistakes I see sellers make are the following: Overpricing. The greatest mistake that sellers of real estate make is overpricing. The problem with pricing a ...


  Wright Preservation Trust needs volunteers

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is seeking volunteers to assist at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park; Wright's Robie House, in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood; and The Rookery Building in Chicago's ...


  Tickets available for Wright Trust's Housewalk

And other real estate news

Tickets are now available for the internationally acclaimed Wright Plus 2012 housewalk, showcasing rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in historic Oak Park, Ill. Wright Plus 2012, which ...


  Covering your assets

When it comes to same-sex couples and mortgages, Steve DiMarco—president of Baird & Warner Financial Services and a member of the firm's executive committee—told Windy City Times there are two areas of concern. "The first issue ...


  Refinancing and low mortgage rates

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Historically, low mortgage interest rates have prompted many homeowners to think seriously about refinancing, but there's a lot you need to consider before filling out a loan application. Start by determining why you want to refinance. ...


  Real estate news:

—YMCA buyer on tap: The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago has a probable buyer for its Lawson House at 30 W. Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Y said it is negotiating a sale with Holsten ...


  Cook County owners can appeal assessments online

Cook County homeowners can appeal their property-tax assessments online at, the Chicago Tribune reported. "This online filing system has made an incredible stride for making our agency a more ...


  Alex LiMandri: Real-estate agent talks 'lofty' goals, protests and legs

Alex LiMandri certainly has done a lot, including acting, stage work and modeling (including posing for the cover of The Advocate not so long ago ) . Recently, Windy City Times spoke with LiMandri, who is ...


  Ex-cheerleader lesbian a 'Star' in her own right

NUNN ON ONE: TV Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Leslie Ezelle is a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, a lesbian mother of four and a breast cancer survivor. She participated in HGTV's Design Star in its sixth season (won by Chicago interior designer Meg Caswell). Windy ...


  Real estate news:

—A day at the beach: A Sarasota, Fla., residence leads's list of the best beach homes. This residence is situated in the very private and gated Sanderling Club on Siesta Key. The home—which the owners ...


  Free event to offer closer looks at prime buildings


The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is hosting openhousechicago 2011 (OHC 2011) —a free event that takes the public behind the scenes of more than 100 spaces in five diverse neighborhoods—Saturday-Sunday ...


  Euroluxe Interiors

In today's ecomony, many consumers are trending toward home remodeling as a way to revamp their surroundings, rather than packing up and moving altogether. Just ask Gene Sokol, owner of Euroluxe Interiors, which prides itself on ...


  Free event to offer closer looks at prime sites

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is hosting openhousechicago 2011 (OHC 2011)—a free event that takes the public behind the scenes of more than 100 spaces in five diverse neighborhoods—Saturday-Sunday, Oct. ...


  Real estate news

Baird & Warner's Roberta Miller describes the property at 2717 Ridge Road in Highland Park as "a serene totally private oasis on 4.82 acres with unexpected bonus of being totally convenient to main roads but secluded ...


  Mortgages 101

The number-one mistake people make regarding mortgages is not getting one: "One of the things I've personally witnessed is this paralysis in our greater society—this fear that's keeping people back from this opportunity that I don't ...


  Baird & Warner Real Estate acquires F.C. Pilgrim & Co. of Oak Park

From a News Release

CHICAGO, IL — June 24, 2011 (11 a.m. CST) -- Baird & Warner Real Estate just announced that it has acquired west suburban real estate broker F.C. Pilgrim & Co. The combination of these two venerable, ...


  Lesbian-owned B&B puts a modern twist on the business

Tucked onto a quiet street in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, Nina's Bed and Breakfast brings a distinctly modern yet homey feel to the city's accommodation options. "Most B&Bs have that old feeling," said co-owner Sheilia Henley. She ...


  Kent Bartram on Frank Lloyd Wright and old Hollywood


Kent Bartram on Frank Lloyd Wright and old Hollywood It is four o'clock on a Sunday afternoon in Oak Park as clusters of tourists gather in the shade of an overpowering ginkgo tree central to the ...


  Cindy Gaffney on buying and selling, economy and family

Cindy Gaffney only joined @properties last year but has plenty of experience as an agent, having been one for several years—although she previously managed school and senior living food programs. Gaffney, who is originally from the ...


  Gold Coast B&B: A nugget in the heart of the city

If you think that bed-and-breakfasts are tucked away in rustic areas in the scenic countryside, think again. There's one in the heart of one of Chicago's toniest neighborhoods. The four-room Gold Coast Guest House Bed & ...


  Cook County clerk's mortgage surplus fund

Real Estate

The office of the Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County, Dorothy Brown, has more than $17 million in mortgage surplus money ready to be claimed by Cook County citizens, according to a media release. Last ...


  Kelly Fondow talks suburbs, selling—and BP

Real Estate

Kelly Fondow is a real-estate agent who knows about dichotomy—after all, she shows properties to clients in the city of Chicago as well as suburbs such as Berwyn and River Forest. Fondow—who lives in the Chicagoland ...


  Obama's winter home

President Barack Obama and his family once again chose Paradise Point Estates in Kailua, Hawaii, to serve as the Obama Winter White House during the 2010 holidays, according to PR Newswire. For the third consecutive year, ...


  Real estate news:

—In the Loop: A Miami developer has purchased more than 200 unsold units in a South Loop tower, according to Chicago Real Estate Daily. Crescent Heights Inc. paid approximately $45 million for 205 units, or about ...


  Aqua: Making a splash in Chicago

Real Estate

When looking at Chicago's Aqua, located at 225 N. Columbus, the aspect of the building that catches the eye has to be the waves designed by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang. However, there is much more to ...


  Brian Gorman 'Lords' it over South Beach with new hotel

Lords South Beach, which has recently opened softly in Miami, Fla., is the first gay hotel brand in the country. ( The grand opening is Dec. 29. ) Lords is situated in the heart of South ...


  Chicago's Aqua gets high-rise award nod

The mixed-use Aqua tower that anchors Chicago's rising Lakeshore East neighborhood has been selected one of five finalists for a new International Highrise Award, according to a press release. It is the only U.S. representative. ...


  Frank Lloyd Wright Trust now downtown

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust (FLWPT ) will establish a new location with the lease of space in the lobby of The Rookery, a national historic landmark located at 209 S. LaSalle. Slated to ...


  Real estate news

—Foreign aid: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill July 30 (by a vote of 402-11 ) that encourages foreign investment in U.S. real estate by doubling the amount of foreign dollars that can ...


  Foreclosure freezes happening across U.S.

In Connecticut, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ordered Oct. 2 that a freeze on all foreclosures by all banks for 60 days, according to the Washington Post. However, Connecticut is far from the only one taking ...


  Best and worst markets for conservative investors

An updated Local Market Monitor, Inc. report has revealed the best and worst markets for conservative residential real-estate investors, according to a Wall Street Journal item. The report omits towns with fewer than 200,000 residents ...


  Sam Powell talks buying, selling and 'steering'

Sam Powell has not always been involved in real estate. However, once she did become involved, she found her calling. Powell talked with Windy City Times about her start in the business, the real-estate market and ...


  Agent David Shallow talks the market and LGBTs

"The gay real estate market in the Chicagoland area is very diverse culturally, ethnically and geographically," said David Shallow on his realtor profile at Navigating the real estate market can be a daunting task and ...


  Real estate news

—We are the CHUMP-ions: Lucid Realty, Inc. has introduced CHUMP, a real estate service targeted to Chicagoland home buyers and sellers, according to CHUMP (Catering to Highly Unsophisticated and Misguided People ) lets clients ...


  The 10 worst real estate markets has listed the 10 worst real estate markets in the United States. Among other things, unemployment and foreclosure rates are considered. Real estate research/consulting firm First American CoreLogic has stated that more than 11 ...


  Chicago spot among best lesser-known beach buys

During the sweltering days of summer, everyone who can do so seems to make tracks for the nearest beach. But when the rush is on to hit the sand and surf, world-renowned coastal hotspots tend to ...


  Albert Gaskin: A groundbreaking real estate agent

At the heart of Albert Gaskin's life was a love story, one that began more than 41 years ago on the corner of Clark and Division. There, in a bar called Sam's, on Feb. 1, 1969, two young Chicagoans forged a ...


  Hansberry, Brooks houses are landmarks

Chicago's city council voted Feb. 10 to designate the Lorraine Hansberry House, 6140 S. Rhodes, and the Gwendolyn Brooks House, 7428 S. Evans, official landmarks, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Hansberry was a playwright who penned ...


  Exclusive Buyer's Agents/Brokers:Who They Are & Why You Might Use One

by Jeff Hammerberg Real estate agents often wear many hats, and their roles and responsibilities can sometimes shift back and forth between the buyer and the seller in a so-called 'dual agency' capacity. The 'dual' ...


  Joint Tenancy on your Deed: Simple Fix or Pending Disaster???

by Jay Gleason You have been with your partner for a number of years now. You have both lived in your residence for almost that same time. It is your home—both of yours, as far as you both are concerned. ...


  Home & Design: 2004 Real Estate in Chicago

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) , in conjunction with the Real Estate Center at DePaul University, held its 2004 Economic Forecast Summit answering one of the most important questions of the industry, 'What will ...


  Chris Pagano: Estate of Mind

BY ANDREW DAVIS With the real estate market booming these days, you know that lots of agents are pretty successful nowadays ... and few are more successful than agent extraordinare Chris Pagano. The personable (and single) ...



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