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A new version of the neighborhood corner store

By Ron Cohn

Malibu MarketMalibu Market, at the newly renamed Malibu East Plaza’s main intersection, held its long-awaited grand opening on Aug. 21. Crystal chandeliers, shelves lined with good wines and a fully stocked deli counter with food service announced that a big step beyond mere convenience was being taken.

In the months since then, husband-and-wife team Benjamin and Jasmine Pourkhalili, along with their third partner, Kamal Chhabria, have incrementally refined their offerings and surroundings. Their complement of grocery and household necessities is gradually expanding, along with the amount and variety of prepared foods made in-house. Benjamin says their goal is to be a “neighborhood market, open when you need us to be, with grocery staples, fruit and vegetables, bakery goods and more.” They are emphasizing quality and service, he says, with their big plus being boutique wines, high-end spirits, craft beers as well as fresh, excellent homemade food – “things you don’t find,” he said, “in the ordinary grocery store.” [more...]

Management Report: November 2019

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office Hours SLIDING DOORS: The first water test was performed on two original sliding doors located in two different units. Given the results of the first water testing, which clearly demonstrated that water seeped through the frame of the sliding doors onto the exterior walls and onto the indoor floors, the Board approved to perform the water test on four additional original sliding doors scattered throughout the building. Note that these tests consist of pouring water into the bottom frame of the sliding doors for about 4-5 minutes. In these two tests, it was enough time and water to see water seeping onto the concrete slab inside the units. Real-life weather in Chicago is much more stringent as we experience, every year, nonstop rains and winds lasting for days. [more...]

State of the Association

By Marcel Molins, President

Marcel Molins Another year. They keep running away so fast. Management and the Board have continued to be quite busy during the past year. Maybe this is the reason why the years run so fast.

My job is to provide you with an overview of the projects and the work that the Board and management have done or have been engaged in during the year. The chairpersons of the committees will provide you with a more detailed review of these matters. [more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]