REALTOR Building
Friday, 17 June 2016







     The headquarters of the National Association of REALTORS® is located in the REALTOR® Building at 430 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  Michigan Avenue is also known as the Magnificent Mile, because of the many fine hotels, restaurants and shops.  The first building to the right of the REALTOR® building is the famous Wrigley Building.  The Wrigley Building overlooks the Chicago River.  The Tribune Tower and the WGN radio station are directly across the street.  The radio station was one of the first in the nation.  The location of the REALTOR® Building is proof positive that REALTORS® understand the meaning of location, location, location.


     The REALTOR® Building has twelve floors.  Information Central is located on the ground floor.  Other floors house the library, archives, communications, legal services, technology services, government affairs and meeting services.  The organization moved into the building in early 1976.  The first headquarters was located in Minneapolis in the early 1900’s.                                                                


     REALTORS® visiting Chicago may arrange in advance for a tour of the building.  The tour of the NAR library is especially interesting.  It is located on the fourth floor.  The library has an extensive collection of books and articles related to real estate.  REALTORS® may even borrow books online.  There is a section of historical items, including when our Association was granted its charter. 


     In the bottom of the REALTOR® building is the Billy Goat Tavern.  It was featured in a skit in Saturday Night Live with John Belusi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Loraine Newman.  It’s reported they came up with the idea for the skit while at the tavern.  They helped make the “doublecheezborger” famous.  The tavern is still owned by the same family.  The original owner, Sam Sianis, is held responsible for the Chicago Cubs Curse.  When he was denied entrance with his goat to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, he was so upset, he exclaimed:  “The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.”  The curse continues to this day.  Despite the curse, if you are ever in Chicago, you must attend a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.  The stadium was built in 1914.  It is the second oldest ballpark in the nation.  It’s easy to imagine Babe Ruth’s “called shot,” when he allegedly pointed to a bleacher location during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, and then hit a home run off the very next pitch.


     The Bob Newhart Show opened with Bob Newhart exiting the revolving front door of the REALTOR® Building.  Many of the buildings have revolving doors.  The Sears Tower, now known as the Willis Tower, is Chicago’s most famous building; but, Chicago has many beautiful buildings.  I think the best way to view these buildings may be on a river boat cruise of the Chicago River.  Just don’t visit in winter.  The cab driver said it’s so cold and windy your face will blister.  That makes our REALTOR® Association’s location on Main Street in Merced ideal.