Gail Spreen has been in the real estate industry for 23 years, and she’s seen it all. The founder of Streeterville Properties, Spreen led the recent merger between her company and Related Realty, where she now works as a broker and focuses on the downtown Chicago market, specifically Streeterville, River North, Gold Coast and Lake Shore East. “Nearly all the brokers on our successful team at Streeterville Properties have moved together and joined Related Realty,” she says. “We are all excited for this new challenge and feel that our business can grow under their quality brand!”
Since joining forces with Related Realty, Spreen divides her time between listing and selling properties that range from multi-unit buildings to luxury homes and condos for a variety of renters, investors and buyers. “I enjoy working on both sides — listing and selling — as it gives me the opportunity to really know the market and what is available in the area and any trends that are occurring,” she says. “I feel it is a benefit to be able to work in both capacities.”
As a resident of Streeterville, Spreen’s hometown pride has motivated her throughout her career. Her positive impact on the community earned her an award from the neighborhood’s Chamber of Commerce on its 25th anniversary. Her in-depth knowledge of the area, awareness of its constant evolution and passion for its history set her apart from her peers.
She’s also a five-time president of The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR), the 42-year-old residential community group, and leads the Real Estate Committee in reviewing development proposals and advocating on behalf of the neighborhood’s overall improvement. Additionally, Spreen is a member of the Magnificent Mile Association, the Streeterville Chamber of Commerce, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, Lambda Alpha, Chicago Real Estate Council, Cityfront Center East Maintenance Association, Jane Addams Park Advisory Council and Lakeshore Expansion Improvement Committee.
In their spare time, Spreen and her husband, Dennis Downes, enjoy boating on their antique boats. If you don’t find them on the water, you’ll find them on the streets of Streeterville.