58 Reasons to Applaud Chicago’s Real Estate Community

by Chicago Agent

CAR's Good Neighbor Awards was a standing-room only event, with more than 250 real estate professionals present.

More than 250 real estate professionals were in attendance at the 2012 Good Neighbor Awards on May 24 at the Hilton Chicago, where the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) recognized 58 Chicagoland builders for their unique achievements.

A special 20th anniversary event, the awards showcased ground-breaking rehabs, redevelopments, historic preservation and new construction projects across the city and the suburbs.

Bob Floss, the president of CAR, and Zeke Morris, the association’s president-elect, both said that the overwhelming turnout of professionals at the event was the strongest sign yet that housing is finally emerging from its post-boom lull. CAR CEO Ginger Downs expressed those same sentiments in an introductory speech at the event.

Nominees were chosen by real estate, construction and development professionals, as well as by public officials such as city aldermen. Winners, then, were chosen by a CAR judging panel that visited each property and assessed it attributes, which included quality construction, service to a special population, green benefits, market value and architectural significance.

David “Buzz” Ruttenberg, the founder of Belgravia Group, presented the winners, listed below.

2012 Bruce Abrams Award (presented in the memory of Bruce Abrams, founder and past president of LR Development — now Related Midwest):

2545 W. Diversey Avenue in Chicago: the Green Exchange, Baum Development. A rehabbed historic property in the Logan Square neighborhood, this four-story, 272,000-square-foot concrete loft building – a former factory – was renovated according to LEED Platinum-certified standards.


Residential/Multi-Unit New Construction

CA23, 15-23 N. Aberdeen / 16-20 N. Carpenter, Chicago
Belgravia Realty Group

292 Prospect Avenue, Glen Ellyn
Jerry & Deborah Dipert

303 W. Ohio Street, Chicago
Silver Tower Condominium Association

2018 W. Pensacola Avenue, Chicago
Joseph Esposito, Berger Development, Ltd.

1928 W. Belle Plaine Avenue, Chicago
Michael & Iris Hart

2035 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago
David and Julie Benson

2521 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago
Noah Properties, LLC / 2521 N. Ashland LLC

4127 N. Bell Avenue, Chicago
Amy & Matt Bowersox

4242 N. Bell Avenue, Chicago
Steven Glick & David Chencinski, CG Realty Group

4320 N. Oakley Avenue, Chicago
Greg & Jen Eck

4351-55 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago
Lewis Korompilas, Premium Builders, Ltd.

10426 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Pat Washington, NHS Redevelopment Corporation


Residential/Multi-Unit Renovation

123 N. Sangamon Street, Chicago
Speedwagon Properties

206 Oak Street, Maywood
Sarah Lira, Housing Helpers, Inc.

445 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan
Southport – Warner Properties LLC, Chicago Apartment Place, Inc.

1373 Ivy Lane, Naperville
Michael H. Zaransky, Prime Property Investors, Ltd.

30011 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Bluff
Michael H. Zaransky, Prime Property Investors, Ltd.

4050, 4300 and 4316 W. West End Avenue, Chicago
Melanie L. Herron Short

4128 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago
Ron Abrams Real Estate

4471 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago
Lewis Korompilas, Premium Builders, Ltd.

5109 W. 24th Place, Cicero
Jarek Madry

4740 S. Langley Avenue, Chicago
Witold Kania, Kania Construction

6516 S. Ingleside Avenue, Chicago
Witold Kania, Kania Construction

6510-12 S. Ingleside Avenue, Chicago
Lewis Korompilas, Premium Builders, Ltd.

3703 N. Bernard Street, Chicago
Georg Bauer, CMI Real Estate Ltd.

5520-30 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago
Theodore Mazola, Prairie Park, LLC

5521 W. Gladys Avenue, Chicago
Christopher Woods, Three Corners, LLC

6023 W. Byron Street, Chicago
Patrick Porter, Inishowen Homes Ltd.

8123 S. Kenwood Avenue, Chicago
George Vopinek, Standard Bank and Trust 15043
Real Estate Agent: Frank Montro, Oak Realty

8148 S. Ingleside Avenue, Chicago
Osmium Builders, LLC a Subsidy of Pangea Equity Partners, LLC, Pangea Properties

8951 S. Leavitt Street, Chicago
Matthew & Eileen Junkins


Mixed-Use New Construction

1400 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
David Ruttenberg, MRR 1400 W. Chicago LLC

1846 W. Division Street, Chicago
Hans Pusch, Long Division LLC


Mixed-Use Renovation

1 Riverside Road, Riverside
Giuseppe Zappani, A to Z Roofing & General Contractors
1708 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago
Gary Hazan, Hazan Properties LLC

2541 W. Division Street, Chicago
Eswin Guerra, Architechs Inc.

2800 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Michael Roane, Brinshore Development, LLC, Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Arts Center, Brinshore Development, LLC

4946 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
Cindy Holler, Mercy Housing Lakefront


Commercial New Construction

24 W. Walton Street, Chicago
The Ogden International School of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools

743 N. Lawndale Avenue, Chicago
Dan Alexander, Noble Network of Charter Schools

1022 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago
Rebecca Shunick, b. A Salon on Armitage

6943 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
Guy & Kathy Hollis, GKA Group LLC


Commercial Renovation

1218 W. Adams Street, Chicago
Charles Dobbins, Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

1347 Shermer Road, Northbrook
TEF Shermer LLC, The Equitable Group

2646-48 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Mark Fishman, The Logan Theatre

3227 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
Jose Castro, Chica’s Secret

4745 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago
Dr. Mohammad Zaffarkhan, Kedzie-Lawrence Plaza, LLC

5122 W. Archer Avenue, Chicago
Bruce Miller, Lawndale Christian Health Centers

5911 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago
Jim Ronan, Ronan Construction

6035 W. 95th Street, Oak Lawn
Property Dynamics L.L.C.

6201 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
Robert Urso, PCC Community Wellness Center

6226 W. Ogden Avenue, Berwyn
Pete Fejzuloski, Paisans Pizzeria and Bar

6727 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
John & Christine Tully-Aranza, Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

6908 Windsor Avenue, Berwyn
Regina & Martin Mendicino, Olive or Twist – The Restaurant

7028 W. Cermak Road, Berwyn
Jeff Fort, Jimmy John’s

7050 W. Ogden Avenue, Berwyn
Al Meyer, Berwyn Kia

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