Mickey Brown - Impact Award Winner Wrightwood Developments, Inc.
Mickey Brown got his start in real estate in 1970, pioneering rehab loft developments in Lincoln Park in the areas west of Halsted and north of Fullerton. At the same time, he built a legal career, first with a downtown firm, then at Legal Aid. In 1977, he started his own neighborhood practice in Lincoln Park— a practice that ultimately grew into a 40-lawyer law firm that has represented countless real estate developers around the city.
Mickey joined the Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago in the mid 70s, ultimately serving as president for nearly a decade and founding the Real Estate Forum over 30 years ago. During that same span, he also served as planning chairman for both Wrightwood Neighbors and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, and a co-founder of Mercury Title Company.
As a developer, Mickey assembled and initiated development in the Ranch Triangle south of Armitage and pioneered development of loft offices and entertainment in the Halsted River Triangle. He has partnered in the development of numerous loft conversions, townhomes and high-rises in Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Ravenswood, the South Loop and elsewhere, with projects including China Club, East Side Lofts, Museum Park, Montgomery Ward and the Produce Market at University Commons.
In his semi-retirement, Mickey’s hobbies have included rallying sports cars and traveling the world on motorcycles, raising horses at his farm in rural Wisconsin, and spending 40 years on the ski slopes. He currently spends the cold months in Arizona where he’s trying to learn to play golf.
Mickey has been married to Diane for almost 54 years, has two teenage grandchildren, and continues to guide Wrightwood Developments with his son Matt.