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Dawn McKenna

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Dawn McKenna: #1 Luxury Real Estate Broker in The Midwest

By any measure, Dawn McKenna is one of America’s most successful, creative, and sought-after luxury real estate agents. She is not only the #1 agent in Chicago and the Midwest, for the past decade she has been the #1 agent in Hinsdale, IL and a member of the Coldwell Banker President’s Elite top 1% of agents.  

Since her 2003 debut as a Coldwell Banker Rookie of the Year, Dawn has been responsible for over $1 billion in real estate sales. Combining a ravenous work ethic with an energetic, youthful, and service-oriented approach, Dawn’s record sales have been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, RealTrends rankings, Forbes and Crain’s Chicago Business. She has even been on the cover of Chicago Agent Magazine and earned the distinction of being named a Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40”.

Much of Dawn’s success is due to her incredible network and database of premier clientele. Dawn has been a trusted “go-to” source for players and management of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago TV and radio personalities, and industry leaders from blue chip companies such as Deloitte, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and McKinsey Consulting. She is also regularly trusted on the buy and sell sides by attorneys from prestigious law firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, McDermott, Will & Emery, Sidley & Austin and Baker & McKenzie. 


Dawn’s success demonstrates the value of an agent with a diverse background. In Dawn’s case this includes experience as an interior designer, where she honed her eye for color and design and developed her fashion forward approach.  As a wealth manager at the Northern Trust Company Dawn learned the value of real estate as an investment and a means of asset protection. Even her time in the trading pits at the Chicago Board of Trade was important, as it helped mold her aggressive and decisive approach to deal making success. Add in that Dawn was a runway and print model, a Miss Illinois USA contestant, a nationally ranked figure skater, and even appeared on Oprah! and you have the recipe for a high powered, effective agent.

Rounding out the package is Dawn’s personal life, especially her experience as a wife of 25+ years and a mother of four active, successful children. Family life is paramount to Dawn and she takes every available opportunity to spend quality time with her family, especially attending her kids’ sporting events and traveling, catching up on the latest fashion trends, cooking, and being an avid philanthropist.














Meet Lauren Walz

A recent, valuable addition to the Dawn McKenna Group, Lauren Walz serves as the DMG’s Western Springs/La Grange market expert. As a lifetime resident of Western Springs and a graduate of Lyons Township High School, Lauren prides herself on her extensive community knowledge and market expertise.

Lauren attended the University of Iowa where she was four-year letter winner of the women’s volleyball team as well as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference awardee. After graduating with a double major in accounting and finance, Lauren started her career as a certified public accountant.

Shifting to the residential real estate market, Lauren received the Coldwell Banker “Rookie of the Year” award after her first year as an agent. Her analytical mind, hard work ethic, passion and keen eye for design, and relatable personality has helped her create an unparalleled service experience.

Lauren currently resides in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Western Springs with her husband and three young boys.


Get in touch with Lauren
(708) 846-5676
LAUREN@DAWNMCKENNAGROUP.COM