Richard Daley joins The Carlyle’s who’s who
August 14th, 2016
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is moving into The Carlyle, a 40-story high-rise overlooking Oak Street Beach.
Daley is of counsel at Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm. It’s a job that requires lots of schmoozing with executives and potential clients. Now he’ll be rubbing elbows with big-name neighbors, too, as some of the city’s most notable business and civic leaders live at The Carlyle.
Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing and chairman emeritus of Ebony Media Operations, moved in with her parents in 1968 when she was 9. In 1988, she bought her own condo on the 35th floor. And in 2010, after her parents’ passing, she moved back to their place on the 24th floor.
Rice’s good friends Neal Zucker and Marko Iglendza bought into the building two years ago. Zucker is CEO of Corporate Cleaning Services window-washing company and Iglendza is CEO of Terminal Getaway airport spas, located in airports nationwide.
Zucker was a regular visitor to The Carlyle growing up as his grandparents lived there.
His and Iglendza’s apartment is a mix of modern and traditional art and design. A favorite is a watercolor composed of bright dots of bug saliva by L.A. artist John Knuth.
Other residents include business consultant Sheli Rosenberg; Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon and husband Bram Bluestein, a private-equity adviser; real estate developers Michael Supera and Bob Berger; Latham & Watkins Partner David Crumbaugh; Jam Theatricals Broadway producer Steve Traxler; cabaret singer Tom Michael; and Chris Dunagan, CEO of EngagementHealth LLC, a wellness company, and his wife, public-relations business owner Melissa Skoog.
“You just never get tired of coming home to it,” says Diane Freeman, ticking off the attentive service, a ballroom for entertaining and a nearly-Olympic size swimming pool. She’s a real estate broker with Baird & Warner and her husband, Louis Freeman, is a retired tax attorney.
The Carlyle was built in 1964 on the site once occupied by three limestone and brick mansions. Developer Al Robin is said to have approached Chicago’s corporate elite about moving in to the building, which is located as 1040 North Lake Shore Drive. Now Robins’ son, Richard Robin, lives there.
Some of The Carlyle’s earliest residents were Industrialist Henry Crown, the father of Lester Crown, Bears quarterback Sidney Luckman, real-estate mogul Arthur Rubloff and gossip columnist Irv “Kup” Kupcinet.
Daley purchased his 8th floor one-bedroom unit about a year ago from the original owner. He paid $865,000, according to public records, and has been refurbishing it.
His brother, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, lives a few buildings away. The former mayor most recently lived at 900 North Michigan, his family has long been associated with the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood where he grew up.
The Carlyle’s rich history on the lakefront fits with Daley’s legacy as mayor.
He oversaw creation of Millennium Park, the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and the glistening “Bean” sculpture. Navy Pier became a major tourist attraction during Daley’s 22-year tenure. He’s also credited with improving the walk-ways around Museum Campus. And, of course, there’s the park built on the Meigs Field runway, which he bulldozed.