Spotlight on Chicago: @properties Releases New Brand Video Narrated by Common

The Windy City. The Second City. The City of Big Shoulders. Chicago is a city of many names, neighborhoods, and dreams, but to @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, it can be described in one word…home.

This sentiment takes center stage in our new brand video, narrated by Chicago-born rapper, actor, and activist Common. With visuals that capture the beauty of our iconic skyline and everyday life, the video celebrates the resilience, values, and sense of community that define Chicago and its people. It also pays tribute to the city that put @properties Christie’s International Real Estate on the map.

In 2000, Mike Golden and Thad Wong founded @properties in Chicago’s Fulton River District. In less than 10 years, the company became the city’s #1 brokerage firm by market share. Since then, we’ve not only maintained our #1 position in Chicago, but also expanded to the surrounding suburbs and the resort-home communities of Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. And while we continue to grow, Chicago will always be the place where it all began.

“We wouldn’t be who or where we are today without Chicago,” says @properties Christie’s International Real Estate co-CEO Thad Wong, who is a longtime resident of the city.

Wong adds that Common is the perfect narrator for the video. Born on the South Side in the early 1970s, Common’s connection to Chicago runs deep. The Grammy-award winning artist has long been a champion of his hometown, using his platform and distinctive voice to shed light on the city’s challenges and enduring beauty. His storytelling prowess draws viewers in and reminds us that Chicago is more than just a city and suburbs; it’s a way of life. Watch the video here.

In addition to Common, @properties Christie’s International Real Estate has collaborated with several notable Chicagoans over the years. The company has partnered with the likes of Chance The Rapper, Anthony Rizzo, Duncan Keith, and Joaquim Noah to support their respective charitable endeavors through @gives back. We’ve also teamed up with well-known artists such as Hebru Brantley, Dwight White, Marc Hauser, Lefty Out There, and Matthew Hoffman (the creator of our signature love script).

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