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A taste of Bezz Training - fitness with a flavor of its own

By Ron Cohn

Jorge BezzBezz Training opened in the Malibu East Plaza in September 2017 and has already more than doubled in space after taking over, this past June, the corner vacated by Byline Bank. Not your typical storefront exercise emporium, the facility offers a panoramic look into state-of-the-art fitness training through wide-open glass walls.

A lifelong “gym rat,” this reporter couldn’t help being attracted by the profusion of ultra-slick professional equipment on display, including every style and size of serious free weights as well as contraptions whose purpose is not readily apparent. Equally intriguing was what could be observed of the impressively buff complement of athletic trainers and their trainees. They were working hard, as one would expect, but they were noticeably enjoying themselves, smiling through the sweat and strain. Evidently there was something going on here worth investigating. [more...]

Management Report: September 2019

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office Hours BALCONIES AND EXTERIOR WALLS: All exterior walls and balconies are owned by the Association. No work, modifications, alterations or perforations are permitted, any of which will accelerate the wear and tear of the concrete or even damage the concrete. Management has a reserve of rubber pads in the office, free of charge, that can be used to place planters and the like on the balcony floor. The pads allow the surface to breathe and dry under the containers, and to distribute the weight. [more...]

Rob Larson - innovator with a practical touch

By Tracy Poyser

Rob LarsonAs you know, we entrust the oversight, governance and future of our joint Malibu East condo home to the voluntary care of 12 fellow residents whose names many don’t remember after the annual election and meeting. And, although our Board meetings are open to all residents, attendance is comparable to that of a foreign art movie on a fine summer day – around 20 on a good day, counting the Board members. That’s why we hope this profile of one of our youngest and newest Board members, Robert (Rob) Larson, will introduce you to a dynamic, down-to-earth neighbor with a bunch of talent, a big heart and a smile to match. [more...]

Bryn Mawr, the Main Street of my youth

Edgewater: A mid-century reminiscence

By Ron Cohn

Fourth in a series.

The name looked funny on the “L” platform sign as we stopped there on the way downtown from Rogers Park – when I was a little kid. The live conductor had announced the stop as we slowed down, so I knew it should be spelled: Brinmore. The mystery deepened at the next stops: What was the story with those y’s in Berwin and Argile? [more...]

The 9+ lives of André and Sally King

By Tracy Poyser

From the first time I saw Sally and André King shortly after they moved into Malibu East 11 years ago, dressed in evening wear for a downtown special event – tall, elegant and clearly happy – I was intrigued. Since then, they have graced many of our social events, from high teas to the most recent potluck, always happy to contribute. So, when their names came up as candidates for a Dialogue profile, I gladly volunteered to interview them as a couple – although Sally immediately deferred to André as the primary target. I do believe she’s too modest. [more...]

Three staffers honored at employee luncheon

By Tracy Poyser

We know that condo community living frees us from pesky maintenance tasks, snow shoveling and other worries, but we may not realize how much hard work, extra effort, diplomacy, long shifts and diligence are needed to keep our 500-unit vertical village humming along, as many of our loyal staff people work behind the scenes. That’s why I wish all residents could experience the special joy of sharing a festive holiday lunch with our Malibu East management and employees, and witness the genuine affection and team spirit they show for one another. [more...]

State of the Association

By Marcel Molins, President

Marcel Molins Another year and counting. Again management and the Board have been very busy with all sorts of projects and issues. My job is to provide you with an overview of the projects and the status of the Association. The chairs of the committees will provide greater detail on some of the projects, activities and future endeavors.

You all have suffered, some more than others, with the noise and the inconvenience resulting from the repairs and maintenance work being done on the façades and the balconies. Given the age of the building, the need for the repairs is quite understandable. One only needs to walk around Sheridan Road or downtown to see that many buildings have the same problem. This year, we encountered a problem with the façade of the business center. It had not been properly constructed and it has to be completely redone as you may have seen. We discovered also that the west wall of the tower, the one on Sheridan Road, has some potential major issues. The chair of the committee, Carl Chadek, will give you a full report. [more...]

Meet Malibu East's administrative assistant

By Lori Ziesmer

Growing up in Brighton, a small suburb of Ann Arbor, Mich., with a population around 7,500, Melody Keegan dreamed of living in a larger city. Her father’s job moved the family several times over the years. When her father’s work brought him to Chicago, and it was time for Melody to consider colleges, she selected Columbia College to stay close to her family.

Melody lived in five states (Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Texas and Illinois) before graduating from college. After living in Chicago now for more than seven years, Melody feels grounded here and that there is not a reason for her to move again. [more...]

Our Captain's Walk neighbors: An underrated resource

By Tracy Poyser

Captain's WalkEven though our Captain’s Walk, the commercial mini-mall on the lower level, is only an elevator ride (or a few stair steps) away, I bet many of our residents don’t know much about the individual enterprises and the professionals calling it their business home. And, it’s the connector between Malibu East and the neighboring Malibu condo building at 6007 N. Sheridan, whose residents enjoy access to the Captain’s Walk via an elevator for their exclusive use. For businesses relying on a pedestrian clientele, the indoor access by residents in the two buildings’ 850-plus condo units can be a great advantage. [more...]

Meet Violette Deschamps - our property manager

By Lori Ziesmer

Violette DeschampsMalibu East is one of the largest high-rise buildings on Sheridan Road, containing more than 867,000 square feet of space in the residential tower. Including the parking garage and the Captain’s Walk mall, the building encompasses close to one million square feet of space needing to be maintained and managed. We have been fortunate to have dedicated boards of directors over the years to oversee and plan for the long-term upkeep of our building. [more...]

Very different life paths led to historic marriage

By Beth Robinson

Ron Dorfman and Ken Ilio
Ron Dorfman and Ken Ilio (from the Chicago Gay History Project)
With cake and about 100 guests, Ken Ilio and Ron Dorfman, longtime residents of Malibu East, celebrated their marriage in a reception at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, formerly Riccardo’s, in January. The location had special significance for Ron, who had spent many hours there with fellow journalists after hours.

Ken and Ron had made history as the first gay men to legally marry in Illinois when a Catholic woman priest conducted their wedding ceremony in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital chapel in December. Coincidentally, the first gay women to marry in Illinois (Nov. 27), Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert, also were Malibu East residents. (Vernita died at home March 18 at age 65 after a long battle with breast cancer.) A judge had granted both couples the right to marry before the Illinois gay marriage law takes effect, due to health considerations. Ron Dorfman had a serious heart condition and passed away at home Feb. 10 at age 73. [more...]

A special Thanksgiving for special neighbors

By Tracy Poyser

Vernita Gray and Pat EwertUnless you turned off your radio and TV and didn’t read any local or national papers in the days surrounding this year’s Thanksgiving, you won’t have missed the exciting news about two very special Malibu East neighbors. By court order, longtime Chicago activist Vernita Gray married Pat Ewert, her partner of five years, on Nov. 27, making them the first same-sex couple in the state’s history to be legally married within Illinois. Their touching and joyous ceremony was performed in their Malibu East apartment by Judge Patricia Logue, former head of Lambda Legal Midwest and a longtime lesbian activist, in front of about 25 family members and friends. [more...]