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Posts from October 2013

BizArts After Hours Recap- The New 400 Theater

The New 400 Theater has evolved considerably from its origins, 100 years ago, when it was a vaudeville theater. Under Fox's ownership, the 400 now presents state of the art digital projection and 3D capabilities (one BizArts attendee described how much he enjoyed the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney thriller, Gravity, on 3D at the theater), plush new seating, and, unlike most other theaters, the 400 offers a full bar.
Posted by Mike G on October 31, 2013 |

Rogers Park’s Most Selfish Business Owner

"28. 29. Push. Push," I think to myself. Thoroughly exhausted, and with my arms burning, I only allow my chest to drop halfway down to the floor – call it a borderline push up, but I sense that it must be good enough. “Freddie will be proud” I think to myself. I push my 212 lb torso up to an extended push up position, being sure to groan loud enough so that Freddie can appreciate the full extent of my turmoil. I bark out the number “30” – in celebration of me completing this task, certain that it would bring words of praise. My hopes are immediately dashed as Freddie points to the dreaded chin up bar. “OK. Now gimmee 2 pull ups, followed by 2 squats, and do that ten times.”
Posted by Mike G on October 17, 2013 |

Loss of Sherwin/Sheridan Property - A Worthwhile Price to Pay

Among the architecturally significant buildings in Rogers Park, none impress me more than the building known as Farcroft by the Lake. Tawani Enterprises has undertaken a substantial renovation, which I imagine cost in the tens of millions, preserving the façade and assuring the Rogers Park community that this building will stand for many decades to come. Though I have never been inside of it, I can imagine that the substantial renovation that Tawani is doing of the Frank Lloyd Wright structure a half block south of the Farcroft, known as the Emil Bach House, will preserve the building’s viability for years to come. As an Oak Park resident, I have long been aware of the significant contribution that Frank Lloyd Wright made to the field of architecture, and how his work has helped support Chicago’s reputation as a center of great architecture. I know that preserving such buildings is an arduous and costly undertaking, and I am pleased to know that someone with the resources and commitment to historical preservation is doing this work.
Posted by Mike G on October 08, 2013 |

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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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