About Us



We are different because we care, we take the time to get to you know you, your family, your lifestyle and you are not just another transaction to us. We want you to become part of our real estate family. 

WHAT WE DO: We help investors, buyers, sellers, & renters find and sell properties, whether residential or commercial by providing outstanding quality communication & resources. 

Our team specializes in affordable luxury (high end design and craftsmanship with out the super high price tag) and luxury living. We have extensive knowledge in many neighborhoods and also specialize in relocation. Many clients refer us because they trust we have the team and partners that will help everyone in their home search or assist them in making great decisions whether to sell a property now or wait until the right time for their families. Are goals are your goals and we are all about making sure the time is right for you and your family for whatever you choose. When helping you buy we find the best deals to fit your lifestyle and when helping you sell we make your property look it's very best to sell quickly and for top dollar.

WHO WE WORK WITH: We partner with builders, developers, other brokers, lenders, attorneys, & all who are looking to make a deal come together for our clients. Our target audience is anyone looking to invest, buy, sell, rent, or relocate to Chicago and/or Chicagoland.

WHY IT WORKS: When you partner w/ Michelle Chicago Real Estate Group you get the most efficient, effective and affordable properties that are on or off the market right now. We sell your property for top dollar and the in quickest amount of time.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT: We communicate w/ you on everything you need to know during a transaction from beginning to end & answer the phone. We have the right team in place to get the job done. 

We are strategic in our practices and keep things on track. We have quality partners (lenders, inspectors, attorneys, contractors, and more) that help you when you need them. We operate on a 25 point marketing plan that gets results. It includes test pricing and reverse prospecting to outside brokerage firms to ensure a quick sale. We also have designations that put us one step ahead of the competition. 

Currently Michelle Chicago holds the following certifications/designations: 

Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), NAR Green Designation (NAR Green). 

HOW IT WORKS: We meet or chat over the phone to discuss your needs, then we work to find the best plan of action to meet your desired outcome.

Selling: We will come to your property and provide you a free in home estimate of your property value & discuss pricing, your motivation to sell, where you intend to move, updates you have done & time frame to move, etc. You will then sign a listing agreement, stage your property, take professional photographs, and prelist, then go-live on the MLS - THEN GET YOUR PROPERTY SOLD!

Buyer: We will ask you what you are looking for on you and/or your families wish list or must have list, location, timeline, budget, preapproval/proof of funds. Then sign an agreement of agency, set you up w/ lending options if needed, shop online, provide a proof of funds, & start shopping - THEN FIND YOUR DREAM PROPERTY/HOME.


Meet the Team:

Michelle Chicago 


CEO of Michelle Chicago Real Estate Group

Broker/Property Advisor/ REALTOR®

BSM, CNE, MRP, SRS, SRES, PSA, NAR Green Certified

Michelle Chicago truly embodies the integrity and professionalism that comes with the @ Properties brand. A native of Michigan, her long history of living in variety of Chicago neighborhoods, as well as suburbs makes her an ideal choice for home buyers and sellers alike. She specializes residential sales and commercial real estate in the Lakeview, LP, Roscoe Village, Jefferson Park, Niles, and all surrounding neighborhoods including multiple suburb locations.

Known for her strong work ethic, customer service, and quick response time. Michelle combines her market knowledge and many years of international business experience with just the right personal touch to deliver a smooth and exciting experience for her clients. She specializes in relocation, first time buyers, investment properties, move up sellers, and down sizing sellers.  

She listens to her client’s needs while giving expert advice. Walking through a home as an inspector would (looking at all the little details as a homeowner herself), she will tell you like it is, there is no sugar coating the condition of the home. She wants to ensure the buyers are finding the home they deserve. Sellers should count on Michelle to sell their property for top dollar in the quickest timeframe based on her incredible skills of making sure the pricing is accurate the first time and the marketing is on point with her 25 point marketing plan. 

She has multiple accreditations that make her the ultimate choice to help you buy or sell anywhere in the U.S.  - Michelle is a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), & a holds NAR's Green Designation . She is also proud member of the National, Illinois, and Chicago Associations of REALTORS®.

A true Chicagoan, she enjoys everything from uncovering the city’s best-kept dining secrets to cheering on the Cubs and taking advantage of the city’s many dog-friendly parks.

Specialty areas:

Jefferson Park

Portage Park

Edison Park


Irving Park

Belmont Cragin

Elmwood Park

Logan Square

Bucktown/Wicker Park

Roscoe Village/ North Center

Lake View

Lincoln Park



Rogers Park/Westridge 




Norwood Park

Harwood Heights

Park Ridge



Morton Grove


Amanda Herholdt – Buying / Selling - Property Advisor

Amanda Herholdt is a lifelong native of Chicago.   She not only loves the city and all it has to offer, but she also enjoys finding new and fun adventures in our suburbs.  Whether biking/walking along Lake Shore Drive, hiking along the Salt Creek, or indulging in a good meal at the quaint neighborhood restaurants, she has always taken joy in exploring the endless opportunities that our various neighborhoods have to offer.

With 20 years of experience in Customer Service, Amanda knows what it takes to keep clients happy.  She is a motivated and truly dedicated individual that will treat each transaction as if it were her own.  You will always receive a quick response and follow up, as it is in her nature to keep her clients well informed.

Amanda looks forward to working with you and building long lasting relationships.

Specialty areas:

Oak Park

River Forest

Forest Park







Oak Brook


& surrounding neighborhoods


Art Arguijo - Buying / Selling - Property Advisor


Selling or buying a home will likely be one of the biggest transactions of your life.

As a Marine Corps Veteran, I have learned the principles and skills that changed my life and carry over into my profession with relentless determination and persistent work ethic.

I learned the importance of having integrity, being honest, and acting with utmost

professionalism. Being a real estate agent doesn’t mean just showing homes to me, it means making sure the perfect home speaks to you.

My mission statement:

I am committed to providing you with the highest level of service through listening, understanding, and promptly meeting your needs. I will bring energy and enthusiasm to successfully executing your home purchase or sale while protecting your best interests.

Originally from Chicago, I called Honolulu, Hawai’i home for 15+ years where I

was stationed, visited many Pacific region countries, worked in the financial and import/export industry and lastly as a civilian contractor serving our men and women in uniform. I graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a Bachelor in Economics.

Some of my hobbies and interests are: I am an avid Chicago sports fan, love attending Bears games, a craft beer enthusiast, wine tasting, exploring the Chicago scene let it be a new or old restaurant or bar, getting lost in The Art Institute, Field Museum and exhibits, jogging, biking…many other outdoor activities and fly out to the island state as much as I can.

I would be honored to assist you in selling or buying a home, renting or acquiring properties in support of your life, liberties and pursuit of happiness.

 Specialty areas:

The Loop


Gold Coast

River North

Claudia Thornton - Buying / Selling - Property Advisor

Claudia Thornton recently joined @properties in 2018 with half a decade of real estate sale experience. Prior to real estate sales, Claudia was a Purchasing/Marketing Manager for over 25 years in the Foodservice/Hospitality industries. This experience provided Claudia with the negotiation skills needed to be successful in the Real Estate Industry. Within a short time in the Real Estate industry, Claudia has been successful in listing residential homes in the Chicagoland suburbs representing both the buyer and seller in several transactions. Claudia understands that buying/selling your home can be very overwhelming and she is there to help her clients through every step of the process.




Claudia grew up in River Forest, attended OPRF high school and University of Colorado-Boulder for college. She now has lived in Glen Ellyn for over 13 years and her 2 sons attend Glenbard West high school. She volunteers at her sons' school events and her older son will be attending the University of Illinois in the Fall 2018. Recently re-married and is enjoying putting her finishing touches on the home she bought with her husband 1 year ago.


Specialty areas:




Oak Park

River Forest

Forest Park


Elmwood Park




Villa Park



La Grange

La Grange Park



Clarendon Hills



Glen Ellyn

Downers Grove


Carol Stream


West Chicago


Naperville (North)



Devon Marx - Buying / Selling - Property Advisor

Specialty areas: 


Rogers Park




Alexa Ocon – Property Stager, Interior Designer, & MCREGroup Assistant

A creative & interior stylist specialist with over 20 years of experience.  Formerly worked with top luxury interior & textile companies in the Chicagoland area & Australia, while assisting a high-end client base.  Thereafter, focused in several residential projects, updating cosmetically/structurally renovations and property styling.  http://jdhomeinteriors.com/







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