Jay Michael

Jay co-founded Cedar Street Capital Partners in 2002 to fulfill his vision for a high service, creative, and nimble real estate investment firm. One of Chicago’s most successful and respected brokers, Jay specializes in residential and investment brokerage, acquisition site selection, construction management, architectural planning, landscape design, interior design, material and labor sourcing and price negotiation. He has an uncommon understanding of the market, combined with exceptional acumen for sales and negotiation, and he has built the firm with a profound understanding of all parties: buyer, seller, landlord, developer, and broker.Prior to founding Cedar Street Capital Partners, Jay lived in London where he worked for CNBC Europe. A family matter brought him back to Chicago where he began investing in distressed residential real estate with his partner to begin what is now Cedar Street Capital Partners. Jay earned his English and American Bachelors of Arts degree in International Communications at Richmond, the American International University of London. Jay currently resides in Chicago and is involved in several local philanthropic organizations.

Where were you born ?
Skokie, IL
How long in Chicago:
Settled in Chicago 8 years ago (since 23)
Gold Coast
Fund Manager for Cedar Street Capital Partners
Favorite Restaurant:
A tie between Avec and RJ Grunts...and they couldn't be more different!
Best Sushi:
Wakamono Sushi Bar
Best Ethnic Food:
Huaraches Dona Chio (the most amazing Mexican)
Best Italian:
Coco Pazzo
Best place for late night dining:
Taqueria Los Comales on 18th and Ashland...so worth the trek!
Best dessert:
Sweet Mandy B’s
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Sub 51
Best place for a power business meeting:
Naha..an oldie but a goodie
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Hakimian Gem Co.
Best Spa:
Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel
Favorite Charity Event:
Common Threads World Festival
Favorite Cultural Event:
Andersonville Midsummer Fest
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Lincoln Park Zoo
Best Aspect of Chicago:
Chicago is a big small town with well defined seasons. It is the perfect combination.
Best Steakhouse:
Rosebud Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
Best Lunch:
Blind Faith Cafe in Evanston
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The Lakefront - the best part about living on a lake (no gym!)
Best Massage:
Noel Labak
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Windy City Limo
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
The Beautiful Homes of Lakewood Balmoral district.
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