Death and the Gold Coast: Columbarium Suggested for the Exclusive Chicago Neighborhood

sudler-sothebys-logo11 November 2009 ? The Three Arts Building located at 1300 N. Dearborn may be turned into what some are calling the Midwest?s largest columbarium.  Don?t? have a dictionary handy? This columbarium will have enough space to store the ashes of up to 15,000 dearly departed residents. Built in the early 1900?s, and designated a Chicago landmark in 1981, this four story building was designed by architect Jim Holabird and features a Byzantine-style entrance, beautiful ornate mosaics and a central courtyard. Back in the day, it served as a residence for young woman studying music, drama and painting. For between $1,000 and $10,000, the dearly departed can spend eternity in Chicago?s most expensive neighborhood. That may seem like a lot of money for a cubby hole, but compared to Bill Wrigley Jr?s 13,200 square foot penthouse around the corner at 65 E. Goethe, listed for $14 million, maybe it?s not so bad after all! Creepy? Yeah! Inappropriate? Maybe. But, don?t get too worked up just yet. Although this type of use is permitted by zoning, any changes to a Landmark building must be approved by the city. So there is a chance these uber-quiet neighbors may spend eternity elsewhere.

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With over nine years in the Chicago real estate market, Nancy continues to enjoy the momentous and exciting process of helping her clients buy and sell homes. Nancy believes that the relationships & friendships that she has developed over the years are priceless. In 2007 she made the decision to partner with Catherine Brennan and the two are collectively known in the industry as The G and B Team. ?It was the best move I could have made?, Nancy says, ?Having a knowledgeable and reliable business partner to counter balance your strengths and have a shared passion to provide top notch service and expertise to all our clients is such a blessing.? Nancy graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she received a four year scholarship and was the captain of the woman's volleyball team for four years. Nancy has lived in downtown Chicago for over 14-years in a variety of neighborhoods. Her free time is usually spent playing tennis, golf & running/biking along the lakefront. She participated in the 1998 Chicago Marathon and has competed in a number of triathlons as well. She volunteers with The Friends of Blaine School in Lakeview, as well as Umoja Student Development and loves to travel as much as possible. You can contact Nancy at 773.259.9353 or

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