Realtors, Preservationists, Architects, Dealers & More

Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. We are pleased to provide this resource list of businesses or professional services related to Modernism.


Preservation Organizations

Benjamin Historic Certifications LLC
711 Marion Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Tel: 847.432.1865
Email: [email protected]

A consulting firm specializing in historic preservation with a focus on documenting and preserving the special character of both historic buildings and landscapes. Clients include homeowners, real estate developers, municipalities, local historical societies and other not-for-profit organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area. Expert on writing historic property nominations for local and national land-mark status.

Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: 312.922.3432 ext. 243

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and related design. From the ashes of the 1871 Chicago Fire emerged the prototype for the modern high-rise city. New technologies and made-in-America aesthetic ideas shaped both Chicago and cities worldwide. CAF interprets this vibrant, and still evolving, legacy with trained volunteer docents leading scores of different tours, as well as presenting dynamic exhibitions and public programs on architecture and design.  Operates the longest running and best Chicago river cruise tour – a must see – on Chicago’s First Lady boats leaving from the corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr.

Landmarks Illinois
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1315, Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: 312-922-1742
Email: [email protected]

Landmarks Illinois is the state’s leading voice for historic preservation. LI is a membership, statewide organization. In the 34 years since its founding, the organization has gone on to save countless architectural and historic treasures throughout the State of Illinois. Explore our site to learn more about the variety of LPCI programs that continue to facilitate, educate, and promote historic preservation.

Chicago Art Deco Society – CADS
Their mission is to create a sense of fellowship among CADS members and Art Deco enthusiasts, to preserve at-risk structures for landmark protection and sensitive restoration, and to educated members and the general public about the rich heritage of Art Deco design found in and around the Chicago area.  

More societies, tours, and museums:

Farnsworth House – Mies van der Rohe
Mies van der Rohe Society
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust


Real Estate

Lou Zucaro, Mid Mod Realtor, Baird and Warner

Modern Illinois – Great Blog about MCM homes
Email: [email protected]
Lou specializes in Mid-Century Modern, organic modern and other modern residential properties in the Northwest Suburbs and North Shore, from Barrington Hills all the way to the communities along Lake Michigan.
Joe Kunkel, Jetset Modern & Modern Property
Baird & Warner Real Estate
Tel: 312.371.0986
Email: [email protected]
Realtor specializing in 20th century modern architectural houses and condominiums. Dealer of vintage modern furniture and decorative arts, also does prop rentals and styling for the advertising industry, and staging for real estate properties.
John Park
Tel: 847.651.1983
Email: [email protected]
Specializing in Mid-Century Modern Homes. Emphasis on the North Shore and mid-century Chicago condominiums.
Tracy Dillard
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff Realty Group
Phone:  312.893.3557
Email:  [email protected]   
Specializing in architect-designed and historically/architecturally 
significant properties in Chicago and surrounding communities
Meg O’Sullivan
Real Estate. Renovate. Curate.
[email protected]
As a licensed real estate agent, I am able to help my clients through the entire home buying process – from the purchase, through the renovation, to the design and decoration. I specialize in mid-century modern homes as well as architecturally-significant homes on Chicago’s north shore.
Sue Hall
Century 21 Elm, Realtors
#1 Century 21 Agent in Illinois, 2015, 2016
#63 of Top 100 Agents in Country, 2015, 2016
Over 26 Million in Sales – 2015 & 2016

Moving Company

New City Moving

Specializing in packing and moving modern furniture within the state of Illinois.
Email: [email protected]
New City Moving is Chicago’s best reviewed moving company on Yelp and Angieslist. We offer moving, packing, and storage for all clients moving within the state of Illinois. Visit us online or give us a call for a free estimate!


Architects and Designers

GMD Interior Designer
Cell: 312.388.4442
Fax/VM: 312.988.7171
Email: [email protected]

Interior Design using the pieces of European Designers and Architects focusing on Mouille, Prouve, Gauriche, Mollino, Ponti, Mategot. Established contacts in Italy and France, can get any original or reproduced piece. Also reproducing Mollino furniture.

Kipnis Architecture + Planning
Tel: 847- 864-9650
Email: [email protected]

Kipnis Architecture + Planning is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier award-winning and environmentally sustainable architectural practices. We specialize in ‘High Design/Low Carbon™’ – intelligently designed new homes, additions, and renovations to meet the specific and exacting wishes of our clients with minimal environmental impact. Previous MCM renovation and restoration works have included a 1956 Barancik Conte & Associates home in Glencoe, an award winning, full green renovation to a 1949 Greta Lederer home in the Ravines of Highland Park, a 1960’s home in west Glencoe, and the design of a modern vacation home in Saugatuck that blends Case Study aesthetics with Michigan agricultural vernacular.

T. Paul Young Architect; Architecture, Site & Landscape Planning
Tel: 708.898.2602
Email: [email protected]

The firm specializes in new construction, both residential and commercial, working in the tri-state area. In addition, the firm has been active in the restoration of significant buildings, interiors and landscapes. Clients include homeowners, businesses, institutions and development organizations.

Prior to opening the practice in 1985 Young had worked in the offices of Mies van der Rohe, David Haid, Al Swenson/Pao-Chi Chang.
In the office of Mies van der Rohe, Paul was responsible for the first restoration of the Farnsworth House, 1971-72. He is also currently working on a publication of the early works of Alfred Caldwell.

Allen Porter – Graphic-Industrial Designer/Writer
Tel: 847.328.6145
Email: [email protected]

Studied at Institute of Design-1946-1950. Los Angeles design office, 1951-1969: clients included leading modernist architects/furniture/lighting designers/manufacturers and showrooms. Work appeared regularly in Arts & Architecture magazine, Graphis, and publications worldwide. Designed the award-winning logo and literature for Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond. 



Modern Sarasota: Martie Lieberman, Realtor
Realtor specializing in architecture, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Sarasota, Florida.
Tel: 941.724.1118
Email: [email protected]

Robert Imber
Palm Springs Modern Tours
Palm Springs, CA
Tel: 760.318.6118
Email: [email protected]

Offering an extensive three-hour overview of Palm Springs mid-century architecture discovering the architects who lived and worked in PS (Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, William F. Cody, et al) and those more famous ones with desert commissions (Neutra, Lautner, Becket, Victor Gruen Associates, et al). See all types of buildings (residential, commercial, civic, religious, hotels, etc), explore tucked-away neighborhoods and learn about the era’s clientele, materials, and the creative architecture and design that flourished in Palm Springs during the post-war years. Advance reservations recommended to ensure seating availability. Group and custom tours available; fees on request.


Furniture and Design Dealers/Auction Houses

Wright Auctions
1440 W Hubbard St
Chicago IL 60642
312 563 0020

Wright is the premier auction house specializing in modern and contemporary design. Since its founding in 2000, Wright has handled more than 40,000 lots across the spectrum of 20th and 21st century design.  Wright Now is an online store offering items for immediate purchase.