Sports reporter joins @properties, buildings commissioner to step down and more

by Sean Hemmersmeier

Emmy award-winning journalist joins @properties

After spending the last 22 years working as a sports reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, Megan Mawicke announced she is leaving her position to become a real estate agent with @properties.
She will join the Mawicke Group, which is run by her brother, John, out of @properties’ Winnetka office. Their mother, Barbara, was an icon in North Shore real estate for nearly 45 years before she passed away in March. Megan has had a real estate license for the past 18 years and brokered various deals while working for CBS.

“We’re excited to welcome Megan to @properties. Real estate is in her DNA, and like her mother, who was one of the most beloved and respected agents in our industry, she is passionate about serving the community,” @properties co-founder Mike Golden said in a press release. “Megan is incredibly driven and accomplished, and she will be a fantastic addition to an already very successful team.”

“Storytelling is such a big part of selling homes, and I’ve been telling stories my entire career. There are great synergies between my work as a broadcast journalist and as a real estate agent, so this is a very natural transition for me,” Mawicke added.

Veteran broker joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Naperville

Kurt McAdams is switching positions to join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago in Naperville. He previously was the broker-owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MAC brokerage in Lockport, and brings more than 30 years of experience to his new office.

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Kurt to the Naperville office. His expertise and knowledge of real estate are impressive and I know he will be a great addition to our company as well as the Naperville office,” said Joe Stacy, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago senior vice president.

McAdams is also well known within the Realtor community. He was recognized by the Three Rivers Association of Realtors as Realtor of the Year in 1999 and served many years on the Board of Directors for the Will County Association of Realtors.

Chicago’s building commissioner announces retirement

Judy Frydland, Chicago’s building commissioner, is stepping down from her position effective June 30. After more than thirty years of municipal work in Chicago, Frydland was recognized by Mayor Lori Lightfoot for her commitment to the city in a press release this week.

“I want to express my gratitude to Commissioner Frydland for her three decades of service to Chicago’s residents, businesses and communities. In her role as head of the Department of Buildings alone, she leaves behind a legacy of strengthening city operations through modernizing our building codes, working with communities to maintain housing stock and streamlining our permitting process,” Lightfoot said.

Frydland told the Chicago Sun-Times she would be stepping down to spend more time with her family. “I have a mother [who’s] 90 years old. She’ll be 91 October 1st, God willing. And I need to spend some time with my family. I love the city. I love my job,” Frydland said. “But my family has to come first at this time. I need to spend this time with my mom because, if something happens to her this year and I waited one more year, I don’t think I could forgive myself. ”

As the Sun-Times noted, Frydland’s time as buildings commissioner was anything but uneventful; in addition to major building code reform, her office had to contend with tragedy when a Little Village building burned down, killing 10 children in 2018. Also, her office was pressured to withhold permits from a South Side Burger King by Ald. Ed Burke, who was indicted for this action.

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