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You likely know about the big venues: Steppenwolf, Oriental, Lookingglass, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Second City, Cadillac Palace. But did you know Chicago also sports one of the largest concentrations of neighborhood theaters of any major metropolitan city in the U.S.? There are more than 200 theaters around the city and in the suburbs that support a varied community of theatergoers. Whether musicals or dramas, storefront spaces or thousand-seat auditoriums, Chicago has incredible theater.
Chicago-based real estate firm @properties is nominated for its groundbreaking app that facilitates communication and cooperation among the company’s 1,900 brokers, and has reduced internal e-mails by more than 30 percent.
@properties, Chicago’s largest independently-owned residential brokerage firm, has been selected as one of the top 100 finalists, among 535 nominees, for the 14th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries. The winners will be announced on Oct. 27 at Chicago’s Harris Theater before an audience of 1,500 business and civic leaders.
Meghan Hallagan and Tim Watts’ four children, ages one through ten, got the surprise of their summer when the managing broker of @properties’ Lake Forest office, Amy Corr, called Meghan to tell her that their family had been chosen among hundreds of entries to win @properties’ “4th of July Playhouse Raffle” held at the annual Lake Bluff parade.
With a team comprised of developer and architect Rick Swanson of Lake Forest and builder Emory Patterson of Emory Construction in Lake Forest, along with the helping hands of several brokers from the Lake Forest office of @properties, the crew worked tirelessly to build the one-of-a-kind playhouse, complete with cedar shake roofing and siding.
No matter where you go in the city – from the Far North Side in Andersonville all the way down to Pullman and west to Garfield Park, art is everywhere: murals on the sides of buildings; industrial sculptures tucked away down alleys; paintings on the walls of trendy restaurants; and, of course, works in galleries and in our world-renowned museums like the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art. For our latest installment of The Local, we explored art in three city neighborhoods: the West Loop, South Loop and Andersonville.
Chicago has no shortage of great watering holes and every neighborhood has its share of corner bars. It’s arguable that these local spots serve as meeting places for neighbors and whether that’s your corner dive or a swank spot serving up handcrafted cocktails, you can make one your own.
Thaddeus Wong, co-founder of Chicago’s #1 real estate firm @properties, was recently honored with the 2015 REALTOR® Community Service Award by the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Wong was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the greater Chicagoland community as an active member of the association.
Throughout his real estate career, Wong has been active in a number of philanthropic causes that have benefited dozens of organizations. In 2009, he co-endowed the @gives back Community Fund, a 501(c)3 that was created out of the desire to inspire charitable outreach among @properties’ brokers and strategic partners. Each year, @gives back holds a number of events to raise money for local organizations with an emphasis on providing shelter, education and youth development in local communities. This year’s beneficiary is Noah’s Arc Foundation, an organization founded by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and his mother Cecilia Rodhe that provides art and sports programs for at-risk youth.
In addition to his community service through @gives back, Wong co-chairs the annual Beelzebub Halloween Bash and Fundraiser, and has served as a mentor to young people through Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Harold Eisenberg Foundation.