Rita McCarthy

Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker Realty
Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60614

About Me

Rita McCarthy Artful Home Chicago

Rita McCarthy, Coldwell Banker Realtor, has built a sterling reputation in the field of Chicago real estate for her warmth and integrity. As a former museum curator of decorative art, she offers to her clients a unique concept of 'museum quality service.' Whether you are a first-time home buyer, Chicago condo buyer or seller, or looking to market a historic bungalow or a larger architecturally significant home, Rita translates her passion for Chicago architecture into a successful transaction for your home. Rita enjoys working all areas of greater Chicago, most notably; Hyde Park, Kenwood, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Andersonville, Evanston and Wilmette.

Museum Quality Service

Rita is a people person who keeps up with her contacts in the world of art and architecture and who values providing her clients with top quality service, before, during and after the sale. Before placing your home on the market, Rita analyzes how you can best showcase your home so that it is “picture perfect.” The quality of her staging, her high-end photography, her sophisticated marketing materials and innovative marketing strategies bespeak of her many years of experience publishing and marketing within a museum setting.

Rita has noted that “the real estate market is itself like the art market: you want to purchase a work that is of the highest quality, in excellent condition and obtained at fair market value or below.” You also need to have an advisor whom you can trust, who knows the current marketplace. Rita knows the market, but she also performs extensive market analysis to match you with the perfect buyer for your home. All of Rita’s clients value her passion for these statistics, as well as the distinctive architectural features of their homes. They also treasure her discretion and concern in dealing with one of their major assets. With her artistic flair and knowledge of historic restoration and modern construction, Rita is highly skilled at assessing custom details of impeccable craftsmanship and design; all of which can greatly impact your investment. Her eye for detail and keen business savvy helps her serve the most discerning clientele in Chicago.


A native of New England, Rita is passionate about historic architecture, gardening, travelling and the opera. Rita is currently active in a number of cultural and community organizations. A longtime resident of Hyde Park, she is an involved board member of the Hyde Park Historical Society, Chicago Hyde Park Village and the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee. She is also a founding board member of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Charitable Foundation, supporting housing-related needs in the Chicagoland area which has raised over $800,000 in its short history. A portion of her commission on every transaction is donated to the Foundation.

Additionally, she is a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Society of Architectural Historians, Landmarks Illinois, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, The Chicago History Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Oriental Institute, the Smart Museum of Art and the Lyric Opera.

Education and Designations

• Previews Property Specialist

• Certified Negotiating Specialist

• The Attingham Program -English Country Houses

• Specialist in decorative art & architecture

• Chicago Association of Realtors

• Illinois & National Association of Realtors

Skills & Specialities

  • Global Luxury
  • Luxury Homes


Prior to her doctoral work at the University of Chicago in Art History, Rita received her Masters degree s in Art History and Museums Studies from the University of Illinois ,Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University. She has curated a number of exhibitions and has taught art history courses at the University of Chicago and other universities. Rita is your source for distinctive, historic properties in Chicago. Referrals have been the core of her business. Call her today


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Chicago Association of Realtors Illinois & National Association of Realtors
Previews Property Specialist
Certified Negotiating Specialist
Specialist in decorative art & architecture
The Attingham Program -English Country Houses
Luxury Property Specialist

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