Dedicated to helping people solve their real estate needs, Ted Widen is a caring professional who consistently goes above-and-beyond on behalf of his clients. Whether they’re looking to sell their residence in the shortest time frame at the highest possible price or seeking a new home within their budget and in the perfect location, Ted has the experience and knowledge to achieve their goals. Indeed, his grasp of Chicago’s diverse communities and surrounding suburbs is unmatched. As the founder of Chicago Scene Magazine and website, he is uniquely positioned to offer clients keen insights into the unique character, locales and ambiance of any Chicagoland neighborhood. In fact, his clients often return from a successful house-hunting expedition convinced that Ted is the best broker and tour guide they’ve ever had – finding their dream home while also sharing colorful anecdotes about city landmarks like the Playboy Mansion and the oldest house in Chicago.
Enhancing his vast knowledge about the area, Ted’s professional background is a huge asset for any real estate transaction. As a former mortgage broker, he has the acumen and expertise to guide his clients through the sometimes daunting and complex financing process. In addition, Ted has owned and invested in properties from the city to the North Shore. It is this combination of professional experience and personal passion that makes Ted such an outstanding guide and advocate for his real estate clients. He is an engaging communicator and a keen negotiator who never forgets that he is sharing in some of the most significant decisions his clients will ever make.
Ted’s passion for the city he has called home for more than five decades extends beyond his real estate career. For the past 20 years, he has also produced Chicago’s largest New Year’s Eve party—an annual extravaganza at the Drake Hotel that was hailed by ABC’s Good Morning America as the Best New Year’s Eve party in Chicago. It’s a lavish affair that also attests to Ted’s special abilities to network, organize and multi-task while also having fun and never losing sight of the goal. Ted is also an avid boater- he started the Chicago Scene Boat party over 20 years ago, and it is now the largest boating event in Lake Michigan. He loves taking his clients out on his boat! When he is not working, you’ll likely find Ted taking advantage of all that Chicago has to offer, from al fresco summertime dining to exploring by river, lake and bike path. He is an enthusiastic sports fan who loves to cheer on his hometown teams especially the Cubs and Blackhawks.