Washington Park Tennis Village Starts Construction

The Washington Park Tennis Village is moving ahead with construction a year after crews uncovered unexpected costs from existing electrical and sewer lines. Preparing the foundation for the tennis building at 5400 S. State St. cost an extra $4 million, but the project manager anticipates a July 2017 grand opening. Founder of Kenwood-based XS Tennis Kamau Murray raised $16.9 million for the facility, which can serve 5,000 students. The building has room for 12 indoor tennis courts, a running track, classrooms and 15 outdoor courts. In addition to playing tennis, students in the program will receive tutoring from U of C, a partner of XS Tennis. [caption id="attachment_25352" align="alignright" width="220"] Northwestern Wide Receiver #82 Hasani Steele ('99)[/caption] Murray said he hopes tennis will...

Bronzeville Mariano’s Coming in October

The wait is nearly over for Bronzeville residents as a new Mariano’s approaches its October 11 opening date. According to DNAinfo, the upscale grocery store on Martin Luther King Drive and Pershing Road will hire 400 people.It will be located on the former Ida B Wells project site, named after the African American journalist who was an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. When the development was announced two years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it would help reduce “food deserts” and increase access to fresh food in the city. Steele Consulting has spearheaded dozens of developments in the area over the decades, which has helped prime the neighborhood for further commercial growth. "Mariano's is one of my top choices for grocery...

How Walkable are Chicago’s New Developments?

Chicago ranked second in the nation for walkable new construction in a Redfin study that measures how pedestrian-friendly cities are. The report compares the ratings of new construction with the overall city walk score. "Walkability definitely boosts the value of real estate. Location is basically what that translates to," said Steele Consulting CEO Hasani Steele. Redfin found that 89 percent of Chicago's new construction exceeds the city walk score. The Windy City only trails Philadelphia in this measure. Improvements in public transportation have accompanied the growing convenience of living in new developments. According to DNAinfo, Chicago will soon complete its second suspension bridge on 35th Street and Lake Shore Drive blocks away from Steele Consulting's new construction project 3639 S Calumet Rowhomes....

Historic Gold Coast Real Estate Attracts Latest Chicago Star

[caption id="attachment_25022" align="alignleft" width="600"] Images via Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices[/caption] New Chicago Bull Dwayne Wade just leased a historic Gold Coast home that featured in the 80's sitcom Webster . The NBA shooting guard chose the eight-bedroom home one month after signing on with the Bulls in July. Though the rent is likely sky high, Wade scored big on amenities; the mansion showcases a 148-inch projection screen, 720-bottle wine fridge in addition to a separate coach house. The Chicago area native previously owned a Fulton River District townhouse in Kenzie Park and a home in suburban South Holland. [Curbed Chicago]   Steele Consulting Group works with developers to provide real estate services from conception/design and development to pre-sales. They strive to be experts on understanding...

Podcast: Impact of Obama Library in Woodlawn

The Obamas have shined the national spotlight on Woodlawn, the location of the future Presidential Library. The president's legacy of change will have special meaning in the South Side neighborhood, which has been the focus of redevelopment efforts like the Renew Woodlawn program. Hasani Steele is one of the most active real estate brokers in the area.He talked about what the new library slated for Jackson Park means for Steele Consulting Group's development and investment in the community. Here are a few of SCG's current developments in Woodlawn that are currently under construction: 6626 S University 6409 S Maryland 859 E 63rd Place Continue to visit whatasteele.com for more updates. Steele Consulting Group works with developers to provide real estate...

Hasani Steele Sets Record in Realtor Rankings

A nationwide real estate survey named Hasani Steele among “America’s Best”, the one percent of realtors nationwide who led in home sales or transactions last year. The real estate services company set a personal best in REALtrend’s fourth annual ranking. REALtrends ranked the CEO of Steele Consulting Group 39th in the state of Illinois. It is the industry’s largest ranking of agents based on homes sold in 2015. According to the survey, Steele Consulting completed 95 transactions and had sales of over $30 million last year. “We are excited because we have been making organizational improvements to our company,” said Hasani. “We were not expecting results this soon.” The downtown Chicago based RE/MAX team has 15 years of experience assisting homebuyers,...

Logan Square Congress Theater’s Makeover

One investor is looking to restore Congress Theater to its grandeur amid a hot real estate market in Logan Square. Michael Moyer’s past projects include the Loop’s Cadillac Palace Theater. Now, he has commissioned Woodhouse Tinucci Architects to renovate Logan Square’s historic movie palace, which seated 2,500 moviegoers in its heyday. Design plans for the Congress Theater makeover include a vertical marquee as well as residences on-site and across Rockwell Street from the theater. The vacant lot will be the site of a 10 story building with 120 residences. Ald. Joe Moreno's office has requested a community review of the design. [caption id="attachment_23546" align="alignleft" width="1900"] Steele Consulting's Latest New Construction by Logan Square[/caption] The Steele Consulting Group has seen Logan Square develop from...

Open Produce Owner’s Hyde Park Wine Shop Pitch

Hyde Park residents raised a toast to a local business owner’s proposal to open a wine shop during a community meeting. Open Produce owner Steven Lucy told his neighbors on July 14 that a niche exists for his proposed wine and craft beer store on 1448 E. 57th St.  He expects to see interest from diners frequenting nearby B.Y.O.B. restaurants. Business owners at the meeting supported the idea for improving dining experiences in a neighborhood with limited access to liquor licenses. In response to concerns that he might switch to cheaper alcohol, Lucy said his grocery store Open Produce has not changed its stock of quality alcohol since it got a liquor license last year. Most of the roughly 50 people at the meeting voted...