Cell Phone: 312.420.0860
Office Fax: 312.467.0022
209 W. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL Illinois, 60654
Sebastian was originally born in Bogota, Colombia before starting a new life with his family in Chicago in 1986. The initial reason for their immigration to the US was due to his brother's diagnosis of complete absence of hearing and CP (Cerebral Palsy, a nervous system and muscular disorder). The medical community in Chicago is the best in the world and having family here for support made the decision to come easy. Growing up with a deaf brother meant Sebastian was introduced to an entire community of folks that most people are not privileged to meet. Beyond the interaction with disabled people, he also acquired a compassion and a set of skills that's unique and truly needed in the world. His third language, for example, became ASL (American Sign Language), adding to a growing list of languages and cultural studies that would eventually take him to the other side of the world.
When the Izquierdo family first arrived to Chicago from South America in the mid 80s, they had support in large part from his father's aunt who lived here with her Japanese husband. Then his mother, business partner and Weichert First Realtor®, Cristina Izquierdo, decided to study the Montessori educational method and happened to network with more Japanese people, always including Sebastian in her adventures. This environment ignited an interest and passion in him for Japan, its language, and its culture that culminated in him spending 7 years there, both earning a degree in International Affairs from Temple University, Japan Campus and working in various capacities all over Tokyo. Among the opportunities he accepted was an internship at the Embassy of Afghanistan, as a marketing and translation assistant to Spain for a small business, as an English teacher for Japanese kids and adults, and much more.
Before studying international politics and business in Tokyo, Sebastian studied fine art and biology in Orlando, Florida. He is a self-confessed nerd and geek who spends his free time continuing his search for knowledge on a wide variety of topics. Among his many interests are: languages and scripts of the world, philosophy, religion/spirituality, world history/politics, practically anything to do with the sciences... the list goes on. Fluently, he speaks English, Spanish, Japanese, and French, along with the ability to sign for the deaf. He's currently studying Brazilian Portuguese, Egyptian Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese and knows words and phrases of a multitude of languages. Sebastian believes being informed on the human expression of cultures, and their languages, is the most important thing anyone living today can learn in their life.
Currently, he lives in Hyde Park but has lived in many areas in Chicagoland throughout his life. He knows the different neighborhoods in and around Chicago, especially the more colorful ones with hidden surprises that people don't usually venture to. He loves to eat, so he usually knows where to get a bite wherever he is and you might even catch him rowing a canoe through downtown in the Chicago River on a beautiful day. He lives for Chicago history so ask him about surprising bits or tell him your own!
"For me, real estate in Chicago gives me the fascinating and awe-inspiring opportunities of: interacting with the pulsing energy of Chicagoans (and aspiring Chicagoans) and the important work we do for the city and the country in the forms of Midwestern hospitality and business, political action and leadership, and the evolving tech industry to name a few; watching the city's pioneering architecture change, evolve, transform and grow along with its people... while preserving with joy its history; being a part of this inspiring history of a city that is rooted in the goals of equality, opportunity and freedom set against a backdrop of artistic beauty and cultural vibrancy. The only city in the world that set aside its coastline for all people, not just for the wealthy. I could go on, but I'd rather encourage all, for example, to drive to see the murals depicting Mexican culture in the Pilsen area while marveling at the Early Eastern European architecture in which the people live.... wander through Chinatown Square with its traditional Chinese imperial architecture and the wonderful views of the city amongst the brick and iron landmarks of our industrial heritage.... travel through upward-moving Ukrainian Village for the churches or to Fulton Market for the night life next to the Google offices ... drive south to historic Bronzeville that welcomed southern plantation refugees not too long ago ... or further south to Hyde Park, the MSI or President Obama's (hidden) house... Let's explore Chicago!"
Sebastian Izquierdo, REALTOR®
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