Arthur Rubloff founded Rubloff in 1930. 

From humble beginnings, Rubloff built the largest real estate company of its kind in Chicago. A visionary and innovator, Arthur Rubloff has been called “the man who changed the face of Chicago.” His pioneering ideas were catalysts for dozens of developments that have indelibly enhanced our city’s skyline. Rubloff coined the nickname “Mag Mile” for the section of North Michigan Avenue that extends from Oak Street to the Chicago River, and which today includes the award-winning One Magnificent Mile, the building that houses our corporate headquarters.

Arthur Rubloff created the master plan for the North Loop, and sponsored the redevelopment of Old Town, today one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods. He built the Carl Sandburg Village development of residential high-rises on the city’s Near North Side. Rubloff also developed Hyde Park’s University Gardens, and office buildings for many corporate headquarters in Chicago. By the 1980s, the company was operating in a dozen U.S. cities.

As a philanthropist, Arthur Rubloff was unrivaled.  A visit to the Art Institute of Chicago will undoubtedly bring you into the Arthur Rubloff Building.  Law students at Northwestern University will certainly know the Rubloff Law Library Building, and St. Xavier University just opened a new residence hall: Arthur Rubloff Hall which incidentally is a “green” building!

In 1996, the partnership of Howard Weinstein and Tom Horwich acquired Rubloff’s residential division. Weinstein had been the company’s C.O.O. and president, and Horwich also brought a background in real estate development and management. Their hands-on management style and capital investments to expand offices and services have built Rubloff Residential Properties into one of Chicago’s most respected and efficacious real estate firms. In the fall of 2006, the company expanded beyond the city by opening a new office in Evanston, to begin serving the communities of the North Shore.

The company that Arthur Rubloff founded has continued the philanthropic spirit.  Agents gave generously to the Tsumani Relief Fund and their contributions were generously matched by Messers Weinstein and Horwich.  The same was true with the Katrina Relief fund. More recently, Rubloff North Shore held a coat drive in late 2007 andRubloff Lincoln Park hosted its 1st Annual Blood Drive in conjunction with Lifesourcein February 2008.  This weekend, Rubloff Lincoln Park agents along with their Managing Broker, Darlene Litte, will be spotted at the intersection of Lincoln, Halsted and Fullerton avenues raising money for Misericordia Candy Days.

On the technology front, Rubloff has pioneered again with a wonderful new website! If you think you have seen websites that ease the search for new homes…..this one will amaze you!  First of it’s kind in the Chicago market, the polygon rubber banding tool is especially interesting.  Click here and enjoy the trip!

My Chicago “thing” of the day is Misericordia Candy Days.  Located on Chicago’s north side, Misericordia is home to over 550 children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Candy Days start tomorrow.  When you see the volunteers with the bright red aprons on the street corners, give generously.  It is for a great cause.