Crain’s Chicago Business

Jay Michael is not the devil

Standing before a vintage brick apartment tower in a once-gritty part of Uptown, real estate developer Jay Michael is talking about rescuing this formerly elegant 1920s building from the brink of ruin and transforming it into a chic habitat for 21st-century hipsters. ”

Jay Michael appeared on the Bravo reality show “100 Days of Summer” last year. As a kid, Michael “was always trying to make a deal,” Samoylovich says, recalling that his friend, then a sophomore, got licensed as a travel agent so he could earn commissions selling tickets to the school’s seniors for…

Crain’s| Shane Tritsch