These Real Estate Stars Bleed Cubbie Blue
The Cubs returned from New York limping and down 0-2 to the Mets in the NLCS. As the series shifts to Wrigley Field and the home crowd behind them, the North Siders hope to keep their World Series dreams alive. We asked to hear from the biggest Cubs fans in Chicago real estate, and you delivered.
Hines Interests senior managing director Greg Van Schaak is a dyed-in-the-wool Cubs fan and was a bat boy, er, "bat man," for the ill-fated 1984 team, a year before he joined Hines. Greg is pictured here after the Cubs vanquished the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game at PNC Park.
Fred Wilson and Elissa Morgante, husband-wife team and co-principals of Morgante Wilson Architects in Evanston, have been cheering on the Cubbies since their grad student days, when it was possible to walk up and buy bleacher seats for $5 the day of a game and spend the afternoon enjoying the sun and a few beers in the outfield with friends. While the couple typically attends games together, they've also shared their love of the Cubs with their staff, and for many years organized an annual Cubs office outing for the Morgante Wilson Architects team.
When Interra Realty managing partner Brad Feldman isn't locking down deals, he can be found at Wrigley Field flying the W after a Cubs win. Brad says he'll be at every home playoff game throughout the Cubs' postseason run.
Transwestern VP Fred Freeman is a lifelong Cubs fan and a loyal season ticketholder—10th row, between home plate and first base—since 1983. The Evanston native, now 68, grew up watching the Cubs on WGN/Channel 9, and would frequently hop on the "L" to make the trek down to the Friendly Confines. He already has his World Series tickets in hand (shown) and says there’s “magic in the air.”
You could never accuse Proper Title's David Zawadzki of being a fair-weather Cubs fan. With the Cubs logo proudly tattooed on his leg, his lifelong commitment to the team that never gives up will never wear off. David has attended every opening-day game for the past 15 years.
Michael Rubin of @properties (shown with wife Kelly at a recent Cubs game) and his family are "crazy, obsessed Cubs fans." Michael has held season tickets for over 30 years and has licked a lot of wounds, but believes something magical is happening at Clark and Addison very soon.