Business, financial, and health professionals provide top quality services in area
September 1, 2017

By Marie Balice-Ward and Dolly Duplantier

With summer over, people turn to more serious issues, and those include examining business, health, and financial matters. Local professionals are ready to serve you, your family, and your business, providing top quality services.


Lakeside Bank, seven Chicago locations, (312) 435-5100,

Lakeside Bank officials say, “Lakeside Bank thanks you for helping make us the #1 bank in Illinois!” (according to S&P Global Intel 2016 for all banks between $1 billion and $10 billion).

“Our clients and our staff led us to this honor,” said Lakeside Chairman Phil Cacciatore. “And it reflects how clients and staff stay with Lakeside for years, decades, and even generations. Come in and experience the Lakeside personal service difference. Put us to work for you.”

Lakeside Bank personnel also are proud of the bank’s home mortgage opportunities. There are a wide range of mortgage options, especially for first-time buyers. Call John Rogers III, Lakeside Assistant Vice President, at (312) 789-3511 for information. Rogers noted that he has been a “Lakesider” since 1999.

Tina Civito.

Washington Federal Bank for Savings, 2869 S Archer Ave., (773) 254-3422,, 1410 W. Taylor St., (312) 455-2940,,

For more than 100 years, Washington Federal has provided Chicagoans with competitive checking, savings, and lending products designed to help manage their money, make the most out of their hard-earned dollar, and achieve their personal and business goals along the way.

The bank’s personalized customer service is second to none. They take pride in customer relations by taking the time to know their customers and tailoring a customer profile to meet their financial goals. In the end, each and every customer knows he or she matters.

Times have changed a lot since 1913, and Washington Federal has embraced many of these changes as they have grown their business through the years. But, bank personnel believe it is nice to know that some things still stay the same, like their commitment to making banking personal, particularly in today’s increasingly complex world. This is what makes Washington Federal different, and why their customers choose to bank with them.

Stop in and meet their Archer Branch Manager, Brian Fong, or Taylor Branch Manager, Tina Civito, for your financial needs. Come see what banking made personal is about.


Allstate Insurance — Hilda Thompson Agency, 1512 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 435-2200,

Hilda Thompson’s Allstate Insurance agency’s specialty is the condominium market. Condominium insurance differs from single family property coverage, said Thompson. The management company of condominium buildings provides insurance coverage for the common areas such as hallways, laundry rooms, the building’s exterior, and equipment providing building-wide utilities. However, the condominiums’ interior walls, floor, cabinetry, large appliances, as well as personal possessions such as furniture, artwork, family heirlooms, jewelry, etc., must be covered by the owner/resident. In addition, many management companies of condominium buildings require proof of insurance by anyone purchasing a condominium unit or units.

In addition to condominium insurance, Thompson through Allstate also offers a full-spectrum of insurance products including auto, home, rental, business, and life insurance.  Allstate has been dedicated to protecting customers from life’s uncertainties and preparing them for the future for more than 85 years.

As an Allstate agent for more than 30 years, “I choose to represent the Allstate Insurance Company because they believe in being ‘good hands,’ living and working in the communities they serve,” said Thompson.

Her website,, “can help you learn more about the company,” she added. The agency hours are Mon. through Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sat. by appointment.

Sandra Cavoto.

Sandra Cavoto Insurance Agency Inc., 6118 W. 63rd St., and 948 W. Madison St., (773) 586-4500 and (312) 666-4424,,

Cavoto launched her agency business in 1997. Due to her dedication, experience, and expertise acquired during the past 20 years, Cavoto has expanded her business to two offices. She currently serves 4,500 clients in five states: Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, and Texas.

Cavoto offers the full-line of Farmers Insurance products, along with health insurance and retirement planning. Among the Farmers Insurance products that she provides are: auto, home, renters, life, business, motorcycle, and recreational vehicles. Recreational vehicles coverage includes: boats, travel trailers, all-terrain vehicles, and motor homes.

What sets Cavoto apart from other agents is her diligence in closely reviewing each client’s desires and requirements. She then proceeds to tailor an insurance plan or retirement plan that will best meet the client’s needs. She also takes pleasure in always offering her clients the most comprehensive coverages for every premium dollar, focusing on properly protecting net worth. She calls her way of working “the Farmers Financial Blueprint.” 

Insurance coverage has been provided by Farmers for almost 90 years. Cavoto and her team are ready to work attentively for anyone who seeks any type of insurance coverage or a retirement plan. She offers a complimentary Farmers Friendly Review, by appointment only. Call to schedule a time.

Healthcare Solutions TeamCarmen Valentino, (312) 259-0333,,, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

An independent licensed life and health insurance agent with the Healthcare Solutions Team, Carmen Valentino helps self-employed individuals, families, and small groups (two-to-50) find affordable health and life insurance. The Healthcare Solutions Team represents many nation-wide carriers and provides customers with many options when it comes to health insurance, including offering assistance with buying in the Marketplace, major medical, short term, dental, and more. Valentino and her team offer a variety of products with most major insurance carriers. They even offer “no deductible” health plans.

In a time of uncertainty, when it comes to healthcare, Valentino’s goal is to make her clients feel comfortable and more knowledgeable when making life-changing decisions regarding their healthcare options. She will work diligently to find a plan that fits your specific needs. Her slogan is “A plan for everyone.” Valentino grew up in the Near West Side/Little Italy community and has lived in Bridgeport for 14 years. 2018 Open Enrollment dates are: Oct. 15 to Nov. 7, 2017, for Over 65/Medicare and Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017, for Under 65. Office hours are Mon. through Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Career Transitions Center of Chicago, 703 W. Monroe St., (312) 906-9908,,, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Career Transitions Center of Chicago is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1997 for the sole purpose of finding meaningful work for unemployed professionals in Chicago. CTC provides professional assistance to individuals in career or employment transition with programs such as outplacement, workplace solutions, customized training, virtual services, one on one career coaching, networking, and a college to career transition program for recent college graduates.

Today CTC represents an alignment of academic institutions, faith communities, and businesses concerned with supporting people in their search for meaningful employment and sustainable success. CTC can help you clarify your goals, highlight your capabilities, and develop a personal plan for success. While CTC does receive a portion of its support from faith communities, it is not a faith-based organization. Since 1997, CTC has served over 10,000 job seekers in the Chicagoland area of which 80% have reported being employed either full or part-time. Center hours are Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Kathleen Walsh.

Attorney Kathleen Marie Walsh, 3236 S. Racine Ave., (708) 447-8081,,

Attorney Kathleen Walsh offers her clients many years of experience in the field of family law. She also represents buyers and sellers in residential real estate transactions. Family law includes divorce, child custody, child support, probate wills, and small estates. Walsh has also served clients involved with legal issues arising from gender bias and family structure to name changes for transgender cases.

Walsh began her career in 1988. Before launching her private practice in family law and real estate, she had been with an established law firm. From 1988 to 1997, her private practice was located at 7201 W. Ogden Ave., in suburban Lyons, IL. Then, she relocated to Bridgeport 20 years ago.

Walsh often concludes her clients’ legal proceedings via negotiated settlements rather than taking the trial route, which could be considerably costlier, always striving to obtain the fairest decision for clients.

A Chicago native, Attorney Walsh earned an undergraduate degree from DePaul University and law degree from Kent College. She also served as a paralegal from 1972 to 1988. She can be reached at the telephone number above for confidential consultation.


Doctor’s Choice Home Medical Equipment, 600 W. Cermak Rd, (312) 666-1111.

Doctors Choice Home Medical Equipment is your source for a complete line of medical equipment. Offering a large selection of high quality medical supplies from top name manufacturers, Doctor’s choice has the latest medical products and home medical equipment available, including wheelchairs and the Luggie Travel Scooter, as well as wheelchair ramps. In addition, Doctor’s Choice offers travel oxygen (rent or purchase), and travel products for your next vacation or trip.

You can also find ostomy supplies, incontinence and urological products, as well as diabetic footwear and socks, and compression stockings and socks in assorted colors. Doctor’s Choice is a certified fitter for mastectomy breast cancer care products. They also carry medical and surgical supplies, and pain management products.

Doctor’s Choice takes the time to understand your specific needs and recommend the best products for you. Their goal is to help you manage your health with superior supplies at an excellent price. Major credit cards are accepted. Financing is available 12/24 months.

The Foot Clinic, 1226 W. Taylor St., (312) 243-3769; Oak Lawn Lower Extremity Associates, 4701 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453, (708) 425-4950,

For more than 40 years, Frank William Zappa, DPM, and his board-certified staff, which includes four DPMs, have addressed foot and ankle problems with treatment and in some cases surgery.

The Foot Clinic provides treatment for common foot disorders such as arthritic foot and ankle, calluses, infections, bunions, sprains, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, fungal toenails, etc. as well as diabetes-related foot problems, and sport and work-related injuries.

Dr. Zappa is section chief of podiatry, vice chairman of surgery, and director of the WALKS (Wound and Limb Kare Salvage) centers at St. Anthony Hospital, 2875 W. 19th St., where he and his staff attend to diabetes wounds, gangrene, varicose veins, and other foot problems. Formerly, Dr. Zappa was director at St. Joseph Hospital’s Podiatric Surgical Residency program.

Dr. Zappa has more than 40 years of experience in the field. His extensive experience began when he was board certified in foot surgery in 1976 and opened his first Taylor Street office in 1977. The Foot Clinic has consistently served the community and referrals. Dr. Zappa is also on staff at free-standing surgery centers throughout the Chicago area. 

Rush Generations, 710 S. Paulina St., (800) 757-0202,,

Rush Generations is a health promotion membership program for adults and caregivers that provides access to a wealth of information and resources geared toward health and aging. Adults of any age are welcome to join Rush Generations at no cost and regardless of where medical care is received. A plethora of up-to-date information and resources for lifestyle-enhancing care is made available including lectures by physicians and other Rush Hospital experts, evidence-based workshops for managing health, mind-body enrichment seminars, exercise and computer classes, and other tools geared to enhancing health and vitality.

Rush Generations members can obtain information in person, online, and over the phone. Members also receive a quarterly newsletter and have access to bonus web features. Some of these include practical tips and insights from specialists at Rush, as well as the program’s calendar of events. Rush Generations also provides exercise and wellness classes such as Zumba, tai chi, and yoga as well as support groups. To become a member or obtain more information about Rush Generations, call or visit the website.

Sleep Research Study For People with Lung Disease, University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep & Health Research,, (312) 996-1575.

Volunteers are invited to join this study. You must be over age 45 years and have COPD (emphysema or chronic bronchitis) to qualify. You must also have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, known as insomnia. The study is testing a program for improving sleep in people with COPD and insomnia at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Hines VA. Volunteers will participate in a six-session program. Health evaluations include an overnight sleep study, lung function tests, two blood draws, and questionnaires. Subjects will be compensated for their time and free parking will be provided. All program activities and testing are free and parking is provided.

For more information go to or call Mary Kapella, PhD, RN, or Franco Laghi, MD, at (312) 996-1575, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

UI Health is a leader in patient care, research, and education, providing safe, high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to patients across Chicagoland and the State of Illinois.

The University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics (UI Health), 1740 W. Taylor St., with locations throughout the Lower West, South, and Southwest Sides of Chicago, (866) 600-CARE (2273),, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

UI Health is a leader in patient care, research, and education, providing safe, high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to patients across Chicagoland and the State of Illinois. UI Health includes a 495-bed hospital, an Outpatient Care Center housing more than 20 specialty clinics, two Family Medicine Centers, and 11 federally qualified Mile Square Health Centers throughout Chicago.

UI Health is one of only three Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Chicago, providing the most complex stroke care 24/7. The UI Health Sickle Cell Program has cured 25 patients of sickle cell disease through stem cell transplantation. UI Health is among the best kidney and liver transplant programs in the country, and it is one of Chicago’s leaders in providing transplants to Hispanic and African-American patients.

UI Health physicians are national leaders in clinical care and research. Dozens of providers have been recognized among the best doctors in Chicago in a number of specialties, including cancer treatment, and UI Health consistently has more than 100 providers named to the America’s Top Doctors list each year. Groundbreaking research and breakthrough procedures allow UI Health doctors to provide the best treatment options to patients. It is the mission of UI Health to ensure that patients always have access to safe, quality, and cost-effective care.

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

Drs. Brian Miller and Sam Battaglia both are graduates of National University of Health Sciences and are board-certified chiropractors in Illinois, with a goal of helping people through chiropractic services. Both suffered sports-related injuries and were treated by chiropractors. These experiences launched their careers as chiropractors.

At University Village Chiropractic, patients receive the highest caliber of wellness care. Among their services are: ARP (Accelerated Recovery Performance) Wave Neuro-Therapy; spinal correction utilizing the most advanced methods which are faster, safer, and more comfortable than previous treatment models; corrective exercises to strengthen and correct patients’ unique spinal problems; lifestyle advice regarding certain activities that should not be attempted or should be performed differently; nutritional counseling concerning foods and vitamins that are recommended based on the patients’ problems; spinal and postural screenings to identify health issues (also offered at area malls, community events, health fairs, and places of employment); and physiotherapy including ultrasound, interferential electrical muscle stimulation, mechanical traction, cryotherapy, moist heat therapy, Graston Technique, custom molded foot orthotics, and a work hardening rehabilitation program; and massage therapy.

University Village Chiropractic offers daytime and evening hours Mon. through Thurs., and daytime hours on Fri. and Sat.


Coldwell Banker, Susy Corcoran, (312) 804-3457, 1910 N. Clybourn Ave.,

The Coldwell Banker brand is the oldest and most established residential real estate franchise system in North America. In fact, Coldwell Banker says it was the original real estate “start up.” Founded by young entrepreneurs Colbert Coldwell in 1906 and later Benjamin Banker, Coldwell Banker changed the way people bought and sold homes across America, including the Chicagoland area. The Coldwell Banker network is continuously recognized for its innovation and leadership across 3,000 offices in 49 countries and territories.

Corcoran is an experienced real estate agent. Telling the difference between a buyer’s market and a seller’s market is crucial, said Corcoran. One important thing to remember about the property market is that it’s always in a state of change, she added, noting that sometimes the market is favorable to buyers, and other times it is favorable to sellers. A knowledgeable agent can guide clients in the sale or purchase of a person’s or family’s next home, no matter what type of market they are facing. Finding the right agent for your purchase or sale of a home, condominium, or townhouse makes an enormous difference, Corcoran noted. 

Eugene Fu Group @properties, 212 E. Ohio St., (312) 506-0298,,

Since 2002, Eugene Fu has been a consultant with @properties. He was one of the company’s founding brokers, and quickly rose to Top Producer status and is currently ranked as Top Broker in the company’s Gold Coast/Streeterville office. In 2008, Fu received national recognition by Realtor Magazine when he was awarded the prestigious 30 under 30 Realtor Award. Fu has repeatedly received recognition and has been bestowed awards throughout his career.

Due to his finance background and talent in real estate, he has formulated a proven sales strategy by which he consistently sells properties quickly and at the highest possible price. He has set records in numerous buildings and several neighborhoods across Chicago. Fu is regarded as the number one broker in University Village. And, he is ranked in the top one percent of brokers in Chicago.

“Thinking outside the box” by employing non-conventional marketing campaigns has enabled Fu to place his listings in major television and print media. Fu works with buyers, sellers, and developers alike. Before joining @properties, Fu formerly was a financial analyst for a major Fortune 500 company. He obtained a degree in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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.

Gallucci Realty’s 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. The professional staff understands and fulfills 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.

New West Realty — Donna Anello Surma, 1413 W. Taylor St., (312) 927-1434,

Donna Anello Surma is a highly skilled and expert broker who has specialized in leasing and sales for more than 25 years. Her areas of focus are the Near West, University of Illinois at Chicago/ Illinois Medical District, Bridgeport, and South Loop communities, as well as other nearby Chicago neighborhoods. Her philosophy is to work hard on every property she lists, whether it is a sale or lease.

Surma averages 100-plus transactions per year. A frequent recipient of awards from the Chicago Realtors Association, she consistently receives acknowledgements and congratulations for her success and hard work. Surma is grateful to her real estate mentors August Mauro and Ted Mazola for realizing her potential and enthusiasm and quickly promoting her from receptionist to full-time agent within six months in 1988. Surma takes pride in never taking a listing outside a three-mile radius from her office on Taylor Street and her home in Bridgeport. She can be reached 24/7. If you are looking to rent, buy, or sell, Donna Surma is the expert for you.

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

Since 2004, the “Mike & Jen” team of Mike Hulett and Jennifer Liu working together has sold more than $300 million in real estate properties. They attribute this level of success to their diligence, expertise, and wide-ranging resources in the real estate arena. Their area of specialization is in residential real estate. Residential real estate encompasses a broad spectrum of clients. These include individuals seeking single-family homes, condominiums, and townhouses.

In addition, the Mike & Jen team serves investors for all types of residential properties, from condominiums to multi-family properties. Their repertoire also includes clients seeking to buy or sell vacant land and new construction and development. Hulett and Liu bring a wealth of experience and savoir faire to meet their clients’ needs. Their respective and combined experience includes a significant tenure working with investors and developers. Their scope, focus, knowledge, ability, and dedication to their efforts on behalf of clients of all types have given them the privilege of a multitude of referrals. In fact, more than 88% of their business is derived from referrals from satisfied clients.

The University Village Row Homes are energy efficient and include private balconies and roof decks with spectacular city views.

University Village Row Homes, sales center located at 814 W. 14th Pl., (312) 243-2525,

University Village Row Homes is a newly-constructed development of 20 modern and traditional row homes, currently underway at three sites in University Village. These row homes are the last stage of construction in a well-established neighborhood of 900 units of mixed-use development. Occupancy for the newly built homes is scheduled for February 2018. These new residences have base prices ranging from $648,900 to $849,900.

“This row-home architecture reflects classic Chicago charm,” said Ted Mazola, president of New West Realty, broker for the development. “And the floor plans at University Village Row Homes showcase urban living at its best.”

These modern, open floor University Village Row Homes’ plans are energy efficient and include private balconies and roof decks with spectacular city views. The neighborhood offers an abundance of green space, with private parks as a front yard in the heart of the city.

More than 60% of the homes are sold. More information can be found at University Village Row Homes and at the sales center or on the website.


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

Long-term care and rehabilitation services administrated thoughtfully by qualified and highly-skilled staff are foremost at Aperion Care International. Nursing staff with an attending physician provide services around the clock to all residents whether they are there for a brief period or long term.

Among the nursing staff are registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants. In addition, the staff includes highly qualified and experienced therapists, administrators, and medical directors, all of whom were previously “hands-on” caregivers. Each case is unique. Therefore, Aperion’s care is administered after careful consideration and evaluation of each of the residents’ individual needs and requirements by professional staff as well as consultation with the residents and their family members. On staff are certified wound care specialists, hemodialysis treatment center specialists, psychiatric rehabilitation consultants, and palliative, hospice, and respite care trained staff.

Each of these areas of care is allocated a designated department within the facility. Aperion Care International provides private and semi-private suites based on residents and family members’ choices. All of the accommodations offer full amenities. Aperion also offers “at home” services should the individual prefer to remain in familiar surroundings. Aperion Care International is the recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Belmont Village Senior Living
Oak Park, 1035 Madison St. (708) 848-7200, Belmont Village has three other communities in the Chicago area: Belmont Village Buffalo Grove, 500 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, (847) 537-5000; Belmont Village Geneva, 545 Belmont Ln. (at Geneva Rd.), Carol Stream, (630) 510-1515; and Belmont Village Glenview, 200 Golf Rd., Glenview, (847) 657-7100. Belmont Village Lincoln Park currently is under construction, opening in summer 2019.

Belmont Village Senior Living offers assisted living and memory care. It features a signature blend of hospitality and amenities combined with premier health and wellness programs. The beautiful community is located just minutes from Rush Oak Park Hospital and surrounded by retail, dining, and numerous places of worship nearby. Studio, one-, and two-bedroom residence plans are available.

Residents have a professionally managed fitness center with therapy services, a licensed nurse, and well-trained staff on-site 24/7, as well as a vibrant social calendar. Hospitality services include chef-prepared meals, concierge services, complimentary scheduled transportation, and a full-service salon. Belmont Village provides myriad well-developed therapeutic activities and lifestyle choices that promote total wellness throughout the aging process, with enrichment programs designed for every ability level. Residents with memory loss also benefit from a range of award-wining memory care programs.


Carpe Vita Travel LLC Journeys By Janet,,, (312) 238-7658, look for CVitaTravel on Facebook and Twitter.

According to Janet Thompson, travel is all about making memories, and her goal is to turn your travel moments into great memories. As she sees it, her job is to maximize the client’s investment in travel. “It’s not just about finding the lowest price online,” she said. “It’s about finding the best value because travel is something you buy that can’t be returned.”

Thompson is experienced at land and cruise group travel, including corporate travel and destination weddings. She also
offers faith-based travel and welcomes the opportunity to answer questions about individual or group faith-based travel to a variety of destinations worldwide. In addition to the industry training in which she regularly participates, Thompson also brings her nearly 20 years of experience living and working in Europe. She has lived in Italy, Germany, and Spain and has traveled multiple times to the England, Ireland, and France. She is able to provide competitive pricing and enjoy preferred partner status with multiple land and cruise travel providers. Cruise Planners, an American Express Representative, is an award-winning franchise, winning in multiple categories for over 14 consecutive years.

My Travel Guy (Cruise Planners), (312) 360-1720,, Facebook.

For the best land cruise packages, call My Travel Guy, an American Express travel representative, known for quality, service, and competitive pricing for all of your travel needs. My Travel Guy travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, they specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation designed just for you.

Check out their website for exclusive deals and featured offers. Over 30 cruise lines are available, including yacht charters, river cruises, small ships, steamboats, and custom design ships. Vacation packages run the gamut from the United States to around the world. Immerse yourself in new cultures with custom tours, adventure trips, safaris and more. The possibilities are endless. My Travel Guy also offers sports travel packages, event tickets, concierge services, luxury travel packages, and group travel packages. Let My Travel Guy create an enriching travel experience for you. Call today to plan your next vacation.