About

Horizon Story

Chicago-based Horizon Realty Group is a family-owned and operated property management company that buys, remodels and rents updated, high-value apartments in a variety of iconic buildings. Currently with 22 buildings in Chicago, Horizon also owns one building, each, in Evanston and Elmhurst.

Horizon has a strong history of reviving vintage and historic buildings – paying homage to the past while adding amenities that serve its residents well into the future. In fact, Horizon has invested $50 million in renovations to 13 building in just the past five years.

With its residents, Horizon builds meaningful relationships founded on integrity, honesty, dependability, responsiveness, transparency and delivering excellent service and value. Since its founding by Danny Michael, Horizon has been a privately owned and run company committed to adding value and good housing options for its residents and in the neighborhoods it serves. Danny Michael’s son, Jeffrey, joined the company in 2001 and primarily runs the business.

1980
Present
1984

Danny Michael starts the one-man operation in the basement of his first building at 1946 W. Lawrence Avenue that will one day become Horizon Realty Group.

1987

Establishes the management arm of Horizon Realty Group and moves office to location in Skokie, Illinois.

2001

Jeffrey Michael joins his father as Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Realty Group.

2001

Acquires Elmhurst Terrace, a courtyard community in Elmhurst, Illinois, the only suburban property in the Horizon portfolio.

2002

Acquires 4242 N. Sheridan Avenue and moves corporate office to this location.

2003

Acquires 5650 N. Sheridan Avenue - Sheridan Lake, a high-rise with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. Designed in 1960 by Lowenberg & Lowenberg, architects who are also responsible for the intriguing “Aqua Building” in downtown Chicago.

2004

Acquires 6401 N. Sheridan Avenue, Sheridan Lake Apartments, A two-tower high-rise in the heart of the Loyola Campus.

2007

Acquires 4600 N. Clarendon and invests $8 million into renovating the Buena Park property into a luxury high-rise.

2010

Acquires historic Sheridan Plaza at 4607 N. Sheridan Avenue. The Luxury Apartment Hotel was designed in 1919 by Walter W. Ahlschlagar. Horizon invests $12.5 million into renovating the neglected Uptown property to restore it to its former glory.

2011

Acquires 5050 N. Sheridan - Uptown Regency, a 170-unit vintage apartment building and invests $4 million into renovations to restore the luxurious lobby and units.

2012

As Horizon continues to grow, the corporate headquarters are brought back to where it began, 1946 W. Lawrence Avenue. 

2014

Horizon purchases the North Shore Retirement Hotel in Evanston, a staple in the area since the 1920s. Plans for a 20 million dollar renovation begin, updating the property into luxury retirement living and renaming it, The Merion.  

2018

Horizon purchases 5910 N. Sheridan, and invests more than $5M in gut rehabbing the 36-unit Edgewater building into luxury apartments.

2018

Horizon purchases largest building to date and first in South Loop – the Park Michigan, 344 units.

Testimonials

Logan the property manager has also been very VERY responsive and more. She kept in contact with me the entire time and was more than understanding of my situation during the application process. Even though i am only on short sublease i can tell that my time at this building will be great. Thank you ladies for being YOU (4.19.2018) —Ashley M.
I have been living in Sheridan Plaza for almost half a year now and I am extremely satisfied with my overall experience here. The building is beautiful but the staff are the icing on the cake. DeAnn, the property manager, is incredibly responsive and works tirelessly to meet all the tenants' demands. The front desk staff are incredibly friendly and always a nice face to see at the start of an early morning or at the end of a long day. Shoutout to Tyler, Justin, Ashleynna, and Smitty for fosterin —Susan L.
I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know what a treasure Amy Vena, the building manager at 5050 N. Sheridan, is.

She’s great and changed my opinion of property managers. I love what she does for our building and how she handles everything. I always tell people to search Horizon Realty for openings because of her! —Arlette F.