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About The Thomas Team

The Thomas Team is one of the Chicago area’s most successful real estate brokerage partnerships. Co-founders Michael and Lene Thomas launched their business in 2001 with a shared vision to support their clientele with superior service. Today, The Thomas Team is among the top sellers of real estate on the North Shore, within the top 1% of all Chicago REALTORS® and the #1 brokerage team in Evanston for 2007-2016. The team’s business model is one of highly ethical practices, a strong infrastructure, advanced technology, superb marketing tools and a loyal network of clients and colleagues.

Mike and Lene’s main focus has always been to serve as knowledgeable and effective representatives for their clients. The Thomas’ have been fortunate enough to represent a wide variety of properties and clients, from first time homebuyers to long-time residents of the North Shore to some of Evanston's finest builders.

They have extensive experience within the condo, coop, townhome, single family, and new construction market. Their reach stretches as far north as Highland Park, south through the city and as far west as Wheaton; however, they concentrate the bulk of their business in Evanston and Wilmette. Additionally, through their strong referral network, they are happy to help clients who are relocating out of the area by introducing them to top agents in other communities around the country.

In 2009, The Thomas Team joined the Evanston/North Shore office of @properties, Chicago’s #1 real estate company by sales volume. The move allows the Thomas’ to be even more responsive to their clients’ needs and to offer a broader array of resources to market and sell their clients’ homes.

Client Commitment

The Thomas Team views their client relationships as a personal investment. Prior to introducing a home to the brokerage community, they will work with a seller to optimize the presentation of their home, identify the target market, develop a strategic marketing plan and expertly assess the market value.

Co-founder Lene Thomas personally supervises the preparation of all marketing materials with a senior graphic design staff. The extensive process includes brand positioning, development of collateral materials, copy-writing, floor plan preparation and professional virtual tour photography. Marketing plans also feature targeted advertising, email campaigns, and Internet marketing that leverages company and team resources. With over 80% of homebuyers using the Web in their search, an enhanced online presence is essential.

The Thomas Team also guarantees a comprehensive and regularly scheduled property report of listing activity. Clients stay informed through Michael & Lene’s feedback from prospective buyers after each and every showing.

Team Structure/Members

With two dedicated partners, Michael and Lene Thomas, The Thomas Team continues to prove itself in a highly competitive marketplace. Michael and Lene’s charismatic personalities, market knowledge and trusted service–coupled with industry leading technology, first class administrative support and marketing programs that are second to none – has placed them at the top of their field.

Michael & Lene Thomas is proud to announce the addition of 3 team members Lauren Lockwood Consiglio, Chaz Richart and Cliff Sears - all licensed agents who share the Thomas Team's vision and bring their own areas of expertise.

Communities Served

Chicago's North Shore Communities: Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park , Chicago


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  • Michael & Lene Thomas
    Image of Michael & Lene Thomas
    1821 Benson Ave.
    IL 60201 US

    Phone: (847 )322-6968

    Michael Thomas – Co-Fou

    Michael Thomas – Co-Founder

    Michael Thomas is a lifelong resident of Evanston, and his buyers, sellers and investors benefit from the fact that he knows the area so well. Michael also excels in marketing strategy, client care and negotiations. As a result, he has an excellent rapport with agents and clients alike. He and his wife are active members in the community, especially with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and Foundation Dist.65. Michael is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    Lene Thomas – Co-Founder

    Lene Thomas is the backbone of The Thomas Team, managing all the behind-the-scenes aspects involved in marketing, reporting, client communication and moving the transaction forward. She is also an expert at home staging. With a business degree and experience as a project manager in logistics and marketing for Philips Electronics, Lene brings a level of organization and precision to the real estate process that is reassuring to The Thomas Team’s clientele.

    Prior to their real estate careers, Michael and Lene Thomas started two successful businesses, The Unicorn Café in 1991 and Casteel Coffee (a wholesale & retail coffee roasting company) in 1993. Both companies continue to add flavor to the Evanston community.

    The Thomas’ reside in Evanston with their two daughters, Cecilia and Josephine. Several other family members live in Evanston and Chicago as well. While the Thomas’ are enthusiastic about real estate, they never forget that it’s the relationships and shared success that make their hard work so rewarding.

    Awards & Designations

    CRS-Certified Relocation Specialist
    CMS-Certified Marketing Specialist
    CNS-Certified Negotiation Specialist
    Certified International & Luxury Market Designation
    President’s Elite Award 2005, 2006
    President’s Circle Award 2007, 2008
    #1 CB Office Agent 2006 sales
    #1 CB Office Agent 2007 transactions
    #5 CB Transaction Agent on The North Shore 2007
    #1 Evanston @properties 2009-2014
    # 1 Transaction agent Evanston combined for 2007,2008, 2009
    Top Producer @properties 2010, 2011. 2012, 2013,2014
    Outstanding Achievement Award $10-$20 Million 2010 - @properties
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  • Lauren Lockwood Consiglio
    Real Estate Broker
    Image of Lauren Lockwood Consiglio
    1821 Benson Ave.
    IL 60201 US

    Phone: 619-347-3354

    Lauren Lockwood Consiglio was born and raised in Evanston. To say she knows the North Shore well is an understatement. It’s this in-depth knowledge coupled with her single-minded determination to find people “homes they truly, truly love” that makes Lauren an incredible advocate on behalf of her clients. Her love for the region runs deep – from growing up learning to sail on Lake Michigan to being an active volunteer in her children’s local schools. Outgoing and very detail-minded, Lauren spent 10 years in special event planning and marketing as the Alumnae/i Relations Director for Chicago-Kent College of Law and as Director of Membership for the Illinois Restaurant Association. The daughter of a teacher, Lauren then went on to earn her special education teaching certificate in 2003 from San Diego State University and taught children with special needs for three years before returning home to Chicago. Back “home” for good now, Lauren resides in Northwest Evanston with her husband and three kids. The Ohio Wesleyan University graduate enjoys cooking, dining out, golfing and time with her family.

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  • Chaz Richart
    Real Estate Broker
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    1821 Benson Ave.
    IL 60201 US

    Phone: 847-903-3359

    Chaz Richart grew up in Indiana and has lived in the Evanston area since his enrollment at Northwestern University during the fall of 2004. There, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and earned a scholarship as a walk-on defensive back for the NU Wildcats’ football program.  He currently resides in Chicago’s North Side. Upon graduating, Chaz worked in Chicagoland in the hospitality and financial services industries.  With his passion for people, his client facing skill, and a strong work ethic, Chaz provides exceptional service and builds lasting relationships. Aside from his career, he shares an interest in an array of activities including golf, biking, and world travel. 

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  • Cliff Sears
    Real Estate Broker
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    1821 Benson Ave.
    IL 60201 US

    Phone: (847) 417-7289

    Clifford Sears was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. He is currently a long time resident of Evanston.

    Upon graduating from architectural school at the University of Arizona, Cliff worked in the Peace Corps for the Ministry of Public Works in Swaziland, Africa, designing and building low-cost housing, farmer training centers, hospitals, and governmental buildings.

    After working for architectural firms in Arizona and Wisconsin, Clifford put his knowledge of residential design to use while marketing and selling homes. He has been a Realtor in Evanston for the last 17 years, resulting in the sales of over 300 homes--many of them while representing major local developers.

    Clifford joined the Thomas Team in February of 2010 where he assists The Team with listings and buyers in addition to servicing his own clients.

    Clifford offers:

    17 Years of residential real estate experience
    Prior architecture experience in green energy
    Experience in new construction/developer representation
    A high level of client service
    Multi-Million Dollar Producer

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  • Julie Polishchuk
    Licensed Transaction Manager
    Image of Julie  Polishchuk
    1821 Benson Ave.
    IL 60201 US

    Phone: 224-409-3746

    Julie Polishchuk started her career in real estate in 2014 as a brokerage administrative assistant. Prior to that she was a legal secretary at a private firm and a law clerk at Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.  As a licensed assistant Julie works with a high standard of service, promising honesty, dedication, and excellent attention to detail. A seventeen year resident of Chicago’s suburbs, Julie has long appreciated Chicagoland’s rich history and architecture, and seeks to best assist the Thomas Team and their clients navigate the complicated and detailed aspects of real estate. Outside of real estate, Julie enjoys photography and singing. She holds a degree in Criminal Justice and History with a minor in Business, earned at Trinity Christian College.

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  • Michael Jacoby
    Senior Graphic Designer
    1821 Benson Ave.
    IL 60201 US

    Michael Jacoby grew up in Chicago’s western suburbs. He is an accomplished creative professional with several years of experience as an Art Director and Creative Director. He is responsible for the graphic design of all property marketing materials for The Thomas Team, including listing brochures, direct mail and signage. Michael also is an integral member of the @properties creative department, overseeing a number of projects relating to the firm’s branding and identity while also lending his creative talents to marketing campaigns for new-construction developments. As an AIGA member, Michael is an active member of the Chicago Design community.

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  • Carrie Sullivan
    Office Manager
    1821 Benson Ave.
    IL 60201 US

    Carrie J. Sullivan has been a fixture of the @properties administrative team since 2003. She began in Contract Administrations and Development Project Management, wherein she handled the reporting and earnest money processing for many of @properties’ downtown  developments, often with several hundred units per project. She then created,  developed, and held the role of Contract Administrations Director before transitioning to Office Management in spring of 2012.

    She possesses over 10 years of Real Estate administrative experience, a thorough understanding of contracts and License Law, and prides herself on her attention to detail and dedicated work ethic.

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Contact Information

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The Thomas Team
1821 Benson Ave.
Evanston IL 60201
(847)322-6968 Michael
(847)322-8757 Lene Cell
Fax: (888)685-7293