Top business, financial, and health services available in this community
September 4, 2015

By Dolly Duplantier

With summer over, people’s thoughts become more serious concerning, business, financial, and health matters. Autumn is a good time to reassess your family’s and business’s needs in these areas, and local professionals can provide the top-quality services you need.


Community Investment Corp. (CIC), 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2200, (312) 258-0070,,, Twitter @cicchicago. CIC, a not-for profit organization, has been a leading multifamily rehab lender since 1984. CIC provides financing to buy and rehab apartment buildings with a minimum of five units in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. It also offers property management training to help owners and managers better market, manage, maintain, and improve affordable rental property.

Belmont Village is a leading provider of assisted living and memory care in three different locations.

Belmont Village is a leading provider of assisted living and memory care in three different locations.

Since 1984, CIC has lent $1.2 billion for 2,000 buildings with 53,000 units. CIC loans are capitalized from a pool of $200 million from 37 banks. The organization closes and services its own loans with acquisition and construction in one process, and also offers Energy Savers loans at low rates to reduce energy consumption in apartment buildings.

CIC is certified as a Community Development Financial Institution by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Hours: Mon. through Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. First Eagle Bank (FEB) 1201 W. Madison St., (312) 850-2900,

Proud to be the West Loop’s neighborhood bank, First Eagle Bank and its staff are committed to the communities and businesses where their customers live and work. FEB staff understand the importance of being involved and giving back to the neighborhoods they serve. Employees are community-focused and actively involved in forming vital partnerships that foster a better understanding of the specific needs of the communities they serve.

FEB has a full line of banking products to meet the borrowing and banking needs of businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as local residents and employees of local businesses in the West Loop.

Decision makers are on-site and accessible, and attention to customer service is exceptional. FEB is a member of the FDIC and is an equal opportunity lender. Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive-up hours: Mon. through Thurs. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Schoenberg, Finkel, Newman & Rosenberg, LLC (SFNR)— Herbert B. Rosenberg, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2100, (312) 648-2300, fax (312) 648-1212,, Herbert Rosenberg has had significant success in reducing taxpayers’ real estate tax bills. Rosenberg’s real estate tax practice concentrates in the representation of businesses and individuals who own industrial buildings, commercial buildings, apartment buildings, office buildings, family residences, shopping centers, banks, movie theaters, gas stations, and fast-food restaurants. Rosenberg is a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Estate Taxation Committee and the International Association of Assessing Officers. His office will provide a free property tax analysis of a taxpayer’s property to determine the potential tax savings.

Raila & Associates, P.C. 747 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 700, 312-587-9494, 866-931-1428, Fax 312-376-3118,,, Facebook. Raila & Associates, P.C., assists residential and commercial property owners in achieving property tax relief. The law firm represents clients in appeals at the County and State level and obtains refunds, reductions in assessed values, or savings on current and future tax bills. The firm’s highly experienced team focuses on helping owners, managers, and tenants save on property taxes. Qualified attorneys and staff support administrative real estate tax appeals, including assisting case analysts, real estate brokers, paralegals, and other referred professionals.

The founder of the firm, Andrea A. Raila, is a Senior Tax Analyst and brings 24 years of experience in property tax consulting, including her roles as a tatx case reviewer and advocate at the Cook County Board of Review and Chicago Taxpayer Advocate Office. As principal presenter at Raila, P.C.-facilitated property tax information sessions around the state; Andrea Raila has trained thousands about the property tax assessment and appeals system. She received the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2012-13.


Illinois State Representative Ken Dunkin 2059 E. 75th St., (773) 363-1411, fax (773) 363-6003,,, Facebook, Twitter.

Illinois State Representative Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago-5th District) focuses on legislation to raise the quality of life for working families, children, and seniors. He’s also worked hard to boost Illinois’ economy by strengthening Illinois’ tourism and film industry. Dunkin’s current priorities include: reducing domestic violence, sustaining and creating new businesses, preventing identity theft, rallying for reduced prescription drug prices for senior citizens, improving academic achievement among students, and providing affordable childcare and healthcare. Dunkin serves as Chairperson on the Tourism and Conventions committee and the Appropriations-Higher Education committee. In addition, he also serves on the following committees: Appropriations-General Service, Insurance, Elementary and Secondary Education, Financial Institutions, and State Government Administration. Born and raised in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Public Housing Development, Dunkin is a proud husband and father of three children. He is a graduate of the Chicago Public School system. He received his Associate’s Degree from Harold Washington College and his Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter 2929 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 102, (312) 949-1908, fax (312) 949-1958,,, Facebook, Twitter.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center offers nationally recognized, superior quality healthcare.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center offers nationally recognized, superior quality healthcare.

Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago-3rd District) has served in the Illinois State Legislature since 2003. Hunter serves as a Majority Caucus Whip and is currently chairperson of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee. She also serves on the Human Services, Public Health, and Executive and Appropriations I Committees. Senator Hunter was appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Committee and is co-chair of the Council of State Government Health Policy Task Force. She also sits on numerous health care agencies, including the Department of Children and Family Services Statewide Advisory Council. Hunter is also a member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. Senator Hunter is passionate about healthcare and education and has been instrumental in the passing of over 200 bills regarding breast cancer, childhood vaccines, youth employment, environmental issues, and education. She has also established several boards and commissions including the African American Family Commission.


Aperion Care International, 4815 S. Western Blvd., (773) 927-4200,

Aperion Care International delivers quality rehabilitation and long-term care with warmth and compassion. Expert nurses provide skilled nursing care 24 hours a day, while a physician is on site five days a week to direct nurses and therapists in the treatments and medications best suited to heal and rehabilitate. A low ratio of caregivers to residents allows therapists to develop personal relationships with each resident. The Aperion Care healthcare team puts a coordinated and collaborative effort into each patient’s individual plan of care by working closely with residents and their family members to design a comprehensive treatment plan.

Professional and skilled medical services include a certified wound care specialist, hemodialysis treatment center, a secured dementia unit, and on-site hospice, palliative, and respite care programs. The facility offers private and semi-private suites with full amenities. Aperion Care can also coordinate in-home services to help maintain independence. Awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Aperion Care is proud to serve the diverse and vibrant area of southwest Chicago.

Belmont Village Assisted Living 1035 Madison St., Oak Park, (708) 848-7200; 500 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, (847) 537-5000; 545 Belmont Lane (at Geneva Rd.), Carol Stream, (630) 510-1515; and 2200 Golf Rd., Glenview, (847) 657-7100.

Belmont Village is a leading provider of assisted living and memory care, offering a range of research-based enrichment programs designed to support brain and body at every ability level. A licensed nurse is on-site around the clock, and every Belmont Village community has a professionally managed fitness center with wellness programs and therapy services provided by licensed therapists. Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, complimentary transportation, and a full daily calendar of programs, activities, outings, and social events. Best of all, each location has been carefully selected for its neighborhood charm, as well as its convenience to shopping and medical centers, so that each Belmont Village truly is a community within a community.

The Foot Clinic 1226 W. Taylor St., (312) 243-3769 and Oak Lawn Lower Extremity Associates 4701 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, (708) 425-4950,

Frank William Zappa, DPM, and his board-certified staff have served the needs of the Taylor Street community for more than 30 years. From chronic foot and ankle symptoms to complex surgical procedures, The Foot Clinic provides individual treatment of common foot disorders, diabetes-related foot problems, and sport and work-related injuries. With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Zappa is section chief of podiatry, vice chairman of surgery, and director of the WALKS (Wound and Limb Kare Salvage) centers at Saint Anthony Hospital. He also is director of the St. Joseph Hospital Podiatric Surgical Residency program.

Crystal Spaeth, RN, and Dr. Dominic Tolitano of Nuovo Aesthetics and SmartLipo, a full-service medical spa offering various services.

Crystal Spaeth, RN, and Dr. Dominic Tolitano of Nuovo Aesthetics and SmartLipo, a full-service medical spa offering various services.

Both offices accept Medicare, Medicaid, most managed care plans, HMOs, PPOs, traditional insurance plans, and out-of-network patients on an individual basis. Fees are negotiable. The Foot Clinic is open Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. Oak Lawn Lower Extremity Associates is open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Call for hours or visit the website.

Maximum Rehabilitation Services Ltd. 812 W. Van Buren, (312) 379-0088,

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Mubarak Mirjat, PT, DPT, Maximum Rehabilitation provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, massage therapy, and chiropractic care. Maximum Rehabilitation offers physical therapy services for an extensive range of conditions, including motor vehicle accident and work-related injuries, arthritis, sciatic pain, incontinence, and vestibular disorders such as dizziness.

Dedicated to providing high quality therapy services, Maximum Rehab encourages and supports a team-centered process, where physician, therapist, and patient work together to create goals and objectives in treatment from the initial evaluation through the final session. Maximum Rehabilitation Services is State-licensed, Medicare certified, and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Hours: Mon. noon to 8 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center 2525 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 567-2000,

Founded in 1852 as Chicago’s first teaching hospital, Mercy enjoys a rich history of advanced medicine that continues today. Mercy provides expert, state-of-the-science care featuring a nationally recognized heart and vascular center; certified primary stroke center; an accredited Lap-Band weight loss surgery program; comprehensive breast and women’s health care center; and a diabetes treatment center recognized for excellence by the American Diabetes Association.

Mercy is home to an emergency center that includes the Higginbottom Urgent Care for Kids Center. For life’s unexpected minor injuries and illnesses, immediate care facilities offer convenient walk-in care staffed with expert, board-certified physicians. Three community pharmacies provide easy access, cost-effective options for your pharmacy needs with a personalized touch.

Mercy’s surgeons are revolutionizing surgery using state-of-the-art science assistive technology including the DaVinci Robotic Surgical System and advanced Olympus 3D surgical technology, treating common conditions with just a few small incisions with increased speed and accuracy. Mercy operates a network of satellite facilities including Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station, offering primary and specialty care physicians, as well as outpatient care.

Nuovo Aesthetics and Smart-Lipo® 2037 S. Indiana Ave., (312) 496-3069,,,,

Established in 2013, Nuovo Aesthetics and SmartLipo is a full service medical spa offering hydration, vein therapy, aesthetic procedures, lash extensions, massage, SmartLipo, and Cellulaze, the only Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for cellulite. The spa is located in the South Loop. Founder Dominic Tolitano MD, FACS, FACPh, and his staff are professional, dedicated, and excited to accomplish all of your personal beauty goals. Nuovo Aesthetics and SmartLipo also can help you learn and develop lifestyle changes and strategies to sustain a better body weight. The spa is an authorized user of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method and products, a weight loss program offering dieters a structured plan to end yo-yo dieting. Call to speak with someone about your initial weight loss assessment. The medically developed diet protocol can be tailored to just about any individual, regardless of weight loss goal. Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) 1740 W. Taylor St. and locations throughout the Near West, South, and Southwest sides of Chicago, (866) 600-CARE (2273),, Facebook, Twitter.

As a leader in patient care, research, and education, UI Health offers personalized care that makes a difference. Innovations in cancer treatment, neurosurgery, transplantations, and more give hope to all of UI Health’s patients. UI Health is comprised of several facilities, including a 495-bed hospital, Outpatient Care Center (OCC) with more than 20 clinics, an Urgent Care Center (1220 S. Wood St.) that offers night and weekend appointments, and 13 Mile Square Health Centers, including locations in Back of the Yards, Cicero, Englewood, and the Near West Side.

UI Health has bilingual counselors available to help you understand changes in healthcare, how to get health insurance, and pick the right plan for you and your family. Along with same-day family medicine appointments, UI Health has great specialty care services. It is one of three comprehensive Stroke Centers in Chicago, the only Bariatric Surgery Program to treat adults and adolescents for weight loss surgery in Illinois, and is home to world-leading neurosurgeons.

University Village Chiropractic 1354 W. Taylor St., (312) 733-8589, Fax (312) 733-8533,, Facebook.

The University Village Chiropractic offers full body treatment with other techniques for a comprehensive approach.

The University Village Chiropractic offers full body treatment with other techniques for a comprehensive approach.

University Village Chiropractic delivers health care services to patients that eliminate pain, improve performance, and aid in recovery from injuries. Utilizing the latest technologies and chiropractic techniques, University Village Chiropractic is one of Chicago’s most innovative practices and offers a full range of chiropractic, massage, and physical therapy services. It is the only facility in the Chicago region to offer the ARP Wave Neurologic therapy, a transformative treatment to relieve and treat chronic and acute pain and expedite healing and recovery from injuries and other conditions.

Drs. Sam Battaglia and Brian Miller bring nearly 30 years of experience helping patients achieve their wellness objectives. Most medical insurance plans are accepted. The practice’s motto is, It’s Your Life…Live it in Health! Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. to noon, and Sat. 9 a.m. to noon.


Farmers Insurance — Sandra Cavoto 948 W. Madison St. and 6118 W. 63rd St., (312) 666-4424,,,

Sandra Cavoto, president of her Farmers Insurance agency, ranks in the top half of one percent of over 16,000 agents nationwide. An agent with Farmers Insurance since 1997, she specializes in retirement planning, commercial insurance, and wealth and asset protection. Cavoto’s in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry and a genuine concern for her clients has earned her the respect of her community as a trusted advisor. Her office is staffed with five licensed agents (two bilingual), two service representatives, a commercial and claims specialist, and a marketing director.

Cavoto is proud to be associated with Farmers, the country’s third largest writer of both automobile and homeowners’ insurance. The Cavoto Insurance Agency strives to provide a superior client experience by protecting assets and preserving wealth for every client they serve. As Professor Burke from the University of Farmers reminds us, “Get smarter about your insurance; the more you know, the better you can plan.”


Law Offices of Anika Matthews, P.C. 7010 S. East End Ave. #4, (773) 684-3850, fax (773) 684-3851,

A member of the Chicago Bar Association, Attorney Anika Matthews has over 18 years of legal experience. Her professional expertise comprises a spectrum of legal issues, including real estate and landlord/tenant litigation, civil litigation, personal injury, contracts, and probate cases. Hours: Mon. through Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kathleen Marie Walsh Ltd. P.O. Box 09616, Chicago, IL. 60609, Conferencing Center locations: 3238 S. Racine Ave., Chicago and 3818 S. Harlem Ave. (Victory Law Firm), Lyons, (708) 447-8081, fax (773) 475-7031,,,

Attorney Kathleen Marie Walsh has served residents of Cook County and neighboring counties since 1988. Her areas of concentration include all aspects of family law encompassing divorce, domestic violence, paternity, child support and custody, real estate transactions, probate, powers of attorney for health and property, and last wills and testaments. Her expertise in the court system and legal proceedings is instrumental in improving the outcome of litigation.

A graduate of the Chicago Kent College of Law, Walsh is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Equal representation and counseling are provided to both men and women. Personal attention, professional knowledge, and aggressive representation are at the core of her practice. For individuals seeking legal support, her practice offers a free initial appointment. Hours: by appointment only with flexible days and hours available.


C. Gallucci Realty, Inc. 1355 W. Taylor St., (312) 421-1355. Carmen Gallucci, owner of C. Gallucci Realty, Inc., is a fourth-generation area resident with a strong commitment to the Near West Side community. Each client of Gallucci Realty is personally supported throughout the entire buying or selling process. The goal is to help provide a truly satisfying experience. In addition to assisting clients with sales and purchases, Gallucci Realty offers expert service in property management and apartment rentals.

Their professional staff understands each client’s individual needs. The firm has a solid reputation throughout the community and surrounding areas for its knowledgeable and honest staff, personal service, and high success rate in selling property. Everyone in the office works hard to ensure that past, present, and future clients get the professional support they desire when it comes to real estate transactions. Open seven days a week, C. Gallucci Realty, Inc. has a 24-hour phone service, so when you call, a person will greet you. Feel free to call or stop by.

The Mike and Jen Team at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty 425 W. North Ave., Jennifer Liu (312) 335-3274,; Mike Hulett (773) 744-4447,;,

Realtors Mike Hulett and Jennifer Liu have been working together since 2004 and have sold in excess of $220 million in real estate. Their core business specialty is residential sales. This includes individual buyers and sellers, multi-family investment properties, vacant land, and new construction/development.

The team brings a tremendous level of experience and comprehensive industry knowledge to the table. By utilizing strategies obtained through years of working with Chicago’s most sophisticated investors and developers, the Mike and Jen team provide their clientele a distinct advantage. Their unparalleled commitment to clients and long-term approach to the industry, however, are the primary reasons they receive over 88% of their business by way of referral.

New West Realty — Donna Anello Surma, 928 S. Bishop St., (312) 927-1434,

Realtors Mike Hulett and Jennifer Liu, the Mike and Jen Team at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, have a core business of residential sales.

Realtors Mike Hulett and Jennifer Liu, the Mike and Jen Team at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, have a core business of residential sales.

Broker Donna Anello Surma has specialized in leasing and sales for the past 26 years in the Near West, University of Illinois at Chicago/Medical District, Bridgeport, and South Loop areas, as well as other Chicago communities. She is committed to working hard on every property she lists, whether it is a sale or lease. She averages 100 transactions per year.

The Chicago Realtors Association has acknowledged her success and hard work with a number of awards. Her real estate mentors, August Mauro and Ted Mazola, realized her potential when they promoted her from receptionist to fulltime agent within six months in 1988.

She is available 24/7 and only accepts listings within a three-mile radius of her office on Taylor Street and her home in Bridgeport. This practice allows her to help all her clients within minutes for showings or anything else they may need. If you are looking to rent, buy, or sell, Donna Surma is the expert for you.