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Roula Alakiotou's rewarding half century

By Ron Cohn

Roula AlakiotouRoula Alakiotou was an architecture student at the U. of I. Chicago when she was invited to a Fourth of July house party at Malibu East. Some of her classmates had landed a commission, exceedingly rare for students, to design the interior of a condo for an original owner in the brand-new building, and the finished product was ready to be shown off.

In a way, for Roula, that party has never really ended. [more...]

Management Report: September 2020

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office HoursCORONAVIRUS: At the time I am writing this article, Friday, 8/28/2020, Malibu East Condominium has had thus far three known COVID-19 cases; two of these cases came to our attention in August. All three cases have been the subject of quarantine and resolved.

From the Board of Directors: “The Coronavirus Pandemic will likely be with us for the coming months. The Board of Directors has reviewed our current safety protocols and has made adjustments over the course of the pandemic that began here in the U.S. this past March. [more...]

Keeping us safe during pandemic

By Tracy Poyser

Since mid-March, when the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic became a scary reality, most of us have rarely left the protective cocoon of our apartments, with our balcony perches serving as our very own great outdoors. At 8 p.m. on Saturday nights through June, while the governor’s stay-at-home order was in place, many of us joined the citywide “Minutes of Togetherness.” We clapped, banged pots, yelled and waved flashlights to connect with each other and honor all the people on the front lines – health care professionals, cops, grocery workers, package delivery drivers and so many more. [more...]

The selling of Malibu East

How new marketing tactics sparked sales in ’70s

By Ron Cohn

Second of two parts. If you missed Part One of this article in May, which examined the thinking behind the construction and marketing of Malibu East during the early days of the condominium boom, you can read it here.

Models move into building; sales center demolished

The official grand opening of Malibu East took place March 1, 1971, with the opening of six model homes and a sales center on the 21st floor of the building itself. At that time, the sales center at Thorndale and Sheridan was torn down. The event created a flurry of activity, but sales still lagged behind projections, and competition from new buildings and resales was heavy. [more...]

Mary & Peg - newlyweds on front lines of COVID-19

By Tracy Poyser as told by Mary Rodriguez & Peg Paugh

Peg and MaryDuring these uncertain times, Malibu East still seems like a haven of safety. We all have neighbors and friends in high-risk occupations, from health care to essential services. I’m lucky to live next door to Mary Rodriguez and Peg Paugh, two amazing women who work in high-risk professions while still finding the time to do grocery shopping for me and other neighbors after the stay-at-home order took effect. And, when Mary told me they had gotten married April 23 in the middle of the lockdown, I thought their story would make our June Dialogue sing! Because of social distancing, we did our interview via email. [more...]

A day in the life of the Receiving Room

By Tracy Poyser

Jessica It’s a weekday in December when Amazon’s in overdrive, residents are expecting furniture deliveries, and there’s a move and several construction projects underway in the building. Just imagine all of this happening without one of the essential nerve centers of our Malibu East village – our Receiving Room and its hardworking attendants. Veteran Norma Bolante, who started here almost 30 years ago, in January 1991, has the weekday shift from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Jessica Walendzinski handles the 1-7 p.m. shift, and often the Saturday hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Jess has been working with us for two years now.) And, you’ll often see Yanis, Joel or another maintenance staffer as backup for great continuity of service. [more...]

Board undertakes many functions on owners’ behalf

By Neil Warner

Malibu East Condominium is overseen by a 12-person Board of Directors, as specified in its declaration, which defines the scope of its authority. The responsibilities of the Board are also governed by the Illinois Condominium Property Act, the laws of Illinois and the ordinances of Chicago.

The Board is elected to make decisions about the operation of the Association on behalf of the owners, including decisions about management personnel, choosing vendors, the Rules and Regulations, the operation of common areas and amenities, among many other things. [more...]

Two employees honored for 40, 15 years of service

By Tracy Poyser

It’s a time-honored tradition at Malibu East: the annual staff holiday luncheon, hosted by our Board of Directors and management, for all those dedicated employees who rarely come together in one place. That means maintenance and janitorial workers, door staff, Receiving Room clerks and garage staff – currently a total of 38 full-time and part-time people, including our property manager, Violette Deschamps, and her assistant. And, with the garage and façade construction just winding up for the season, several Reliable Building Systems workers were also able to join in the Dec. 20 festivities in the Windjammer Room. [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...]

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...]