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Get To Know Me

Ian Nelson brings drive and focus to every real estate transaction from start to finish. He is a strong believer in utilizing innovative marketing, local expertise, and personal connections to make the best of each and every transaction. In creating strong processes for success, Ian educates his clients on how to interpret their markets to get the best results.


Ian joined @properties to work side by side with Chicago’s Top Producers and make sure he had guidance to elevate his business. As a part of a Top Producing Team with over 25 years of market knowledge, Ian has every resource to make sure you get the best market expertise in your transaction whether you are in the city or the suburbs. His drive and attention to detail are as evident in his real estate transactions as they were in his past career as a Michelin star chef. Ian spent 19 years of his life achieving every goal set forth in his previous career as an Executive Chef of Michelin rated restaurants and developing a profiting catering business for a Chicago Start Up.  Understanding the discipline necessary to prevail in an industry that can change in a matter of seconds, taught Ian to be quick on his feet and ready to handle any stressors that may arise in life.  “Mis en Place” a term which means “Everything in its place”.  It is a way of life for Chefs which provides you the organization to tackle every task in your day.


Ian hails from Central Iowa, a small-town kid with big personality, destined for big city life. 

He now spends his weekends enjoying all that Chicago can offer. Ian spends much of his free time with his wife, Julia, and his 2 dogs.  You can catch him enjoying the Forest Preserves of Chicago, playing golf at many of the local courses, and getting involved in the community recreational sport leagues.