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Posts from January 2013

“Have it your way” at the Gateway

Sure – if given a choice I would prefer another type of restaurant – preferably a family owned non franchise that focuses on sustainability and meticulously prepared holistic meals (akin to Pillars, on Pratt and Sheridan), or, if a franchise, something like a Panera’s Bread. Alternatively, I would love another ethnic restaurant that offers the same level of warmth and interest as the Ethiopian Diamond II (one of my favorite Rogers Park restaurants), which would be adjacent to the new BK. Sure: if I “had it my way” that is what I would choose.
Posted by Mike G on January 24, 2013 |

Discussing Real Estate Trends

The purpose of the meeting is to encourage group discussion, and to learn more about the realities of the market from the landlords, bankers, brokers, community leaders and other real estate professionals who attend our meetings. At the second half of the meeting, each table moderator convenes at a panel as we review the predictions arrived at by each of the answers. At the meeting’s conclusion, we unveil the results from our meeting two years ago and find out which table moderator came closest to predicting the trends.
Posted by Mike G on January 04, 2013 |

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About the Author

Mike G's photoMike Glasser

Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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