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Karen Chien-Rooney

Cell: 847-306-0608
Email: [email protected]

I am an established North Shore native. I was raised in Wilmette and moved to Northbrook as a young adult. My husband and I purchased our first home there and then moved to the Town of Fort Sheridan where we have lived for the past 18 years. My home is a historical site which I restored with my husband. This was a satisfying experience given our deep connection with the community. As a young man, my husband had enlisted in the Army at Fort Sheridan and later served as the first City Administrator of Highwood. During that time he helped transition Fort Sheridan into a premier residential community. We have raised our three children here and have enjoyed the lakefront, forested ravines, and paths that traverse the 400 acres of beautiful open space in our town.

I am proud to be a member of the Griffith, Grant and Lackie team. My corporate experience in finance brings skills that are well-suited to real estate. These include analytical thinking, communication, and innovation. Clients have always been my top priority. I understand how much selling or purchasing a home impacts one’s life. I am committed to providing the outstanding customer service, integrity, and hard work that is necessary to ensure a positive experience and outcome for my clients.
I look forward to working with you in the process of selling your home or buying your dream home.

Licenses / Affiliations

Broker, Licensed Illinois Realtor, 2014 – present
Broker, Griffith, Grant and Lackie Realtors
Member, National Association of Realtors
Member, Illinois Association of Realtors
Member, North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors
Member, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
Member, Luxury Portfolio International


Bachelor of Science, Biology, Loyola University, Chicago
MBA, Finance, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana


RENE, Real Estate Negotiation Expert

Personal Affiliations

Former President, City of Highwood Library Board
Former Secretary, Fort Sheridan Historical Society
Member, Fort Sheridan Historical Society

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Client Experiences

"Our home sale experience with Karen Rooney was nothing short of exceptional. Karen’s superb professionalism is evident in her sincere kindness, attuned and empathetic listening/effective communication, unwavering advocacy, availability, and keen attention to real estate market trends. Karen never waned in her support, optimism, enthusiasm and creativity in the somewhat challenging restrictions we had as sellers. She has been a gift to us!"

- Heather Silhavy

"Karen Rooney has made the buying and selling process of my houses hassle free. She represents her clients professionally and honestly. Karen found me the perfect townhome several years ago and always kept in touch making sure I was enjoying my new home. Several years later it was time to move and I knew exactly who to go to! I was living out of state while the townhouse was on the market and she took care of anything that needed to be done by letting workers, cleaning up the basement and garage! I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. Karen made the negotiating and closing process stress free and she always had on point recommendations and guidance. Not only has she represented myself, but she also represented several family members as well. She has always gone above and beyond to make buying and selling my homes a pleasant experience!!"

- Lynn Winston

"From our first meeting through the closing of our home sale, we were impressed by Karen’s diligence, market knowledge, common sense, calmness, communications, and patience. Her presence at every showing, even if the prospect was another broker’s client, enabled her to inform us accurately about each prospect’s reactions and comments. Her prompt attention to e-mail sometimes made us embarrassed to have bothered her late at night, having thought she would read and reply the next day. We are pleased that we listed with Karen, and to recommend her to friends."

- Mike & Carol Bennett

"Karen is a superb realtor who goes above and beyond the call of duty. She had the challenging task of selling my home after I had already moved to California. There were many upgrades that had to be made to my house. When I decided to repaint and refinish my floors, she interviewed, selected and oversaw the workmen. Karen and I were in constant communication as we discussed her marketing strategy, etc. She was my advocate through the entire process. I trusted her with all the decisions that had to be made. She made this difficult process smooth and easy for me. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone who needs a realtor. Her customer service is outstanding."

- Stella H

"If you are looking for a gracious, dependable, competent real estate professional, look no further than Karen Chien-Rooney. My family recently sought Karen's help in selling my mother's Fort Sheridan condominium. The service that we received from Karen was beyond exceptional. At every step of the process, Karen exceeded our expectations. Karen was resourceful and competent in her approach to marketing mom's condo. When we discovered that some minor work was needed, Karen took the initiative in facilitating necessary repairs, even meeting repair folks at the condo when we were not able to do so Karen is gracious, professional, competent - If you need a topflight real estate professional, look no further than Karen Chien-Rooney!"

- Patricia B

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Recently Sold Listings


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