Broker Associate

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  • Cell 312.371.0986
  • Fax 708.283.5222
Frankfort Office
21218 S. La Grange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
Joe Kunkel is passionate about his career in real estate, consistently ranking as one of the Top Producers at Baird & Warner.  This company is the premier real estate firm in the Chicago area, founded in 1855.   Joe sells houses, condos and co-ops in the city of Chicago and ALL suburbs, uniquely serving the  needs of clients who are searching throughout Chicagoland.
With a Master’s Degree (MBA) in International Business and Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from the University of Dallas, Joe applies professional business standards to his specialty niche:  marketing modernist properties and representing buyers of unique architecture.   Architect-designed cutting edge designs are his forte.
As President and Co-founder of Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, a non-profit organization which celebrates and promotes Chicago’s rich legacy of Modernism, Joe is very active in the social and educational aspects of the preservation movement.   Joe also maintains the best website on mid-century modern real estate.   For more information, visit and .
Joe is active in his community, serving as a Zoning & Planning Commissioner for the Village of Olympia Fields, Board Member of the Graymoor Landowner’s Association, and volunteer member of the local Beautification Committee.   Joe donates a portion of all commissions to Baird & Warner’s Goodwill Network, a non-profit charity organization.
When it comes to personal interests, Joe is equally engaged.  His diverse and interactive interests including travel, architecture, landscape design, vintage furniture and decorative arts, film festivals, antique cars, food and wine, boating, music, and most importantly, quality time spent with family and friends.
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We wouldn't have used any agent other than  Joe . He helped us find our home when we relocated from Los angeles to the Chicago area. His expertise in architectural properties and his network of connections of people who appreciate mid-century homes proved invaluable in finding and eventually selling our home.

-Kim V.
Joe is the best! We have used him for 3 sales this year and he rocks!

-Gary G.
I worked with Joe on the sale of my house and subsequent purchase of a new home.  Navigating a sell/buy at the same time was super stressful for me as a client.  To that end, I am eternally grateful for Joe.  He was literally my lifeline through all the showings for our house, viewing potential homes to purchase, and eventual nail biting contract negotiations on BOTH properties.  I truly do not know how I would have gotten through that process without Joe.  He is a wealth of knowledge not only in real estate, but also in construction and architectural detail and design.  He went above and beyond for us and worked so hard on our behalf to get the most money out of our home and to get the best deal on the new home we purchased.  Joe's calm demeanor and uncanny ability to stay cool under pressure were a true asset.  Thank you Joe, you will be my forever realtor!

-Crystal P.
When it comes to Joe Kunkel I only need three words:  Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous. I purchased my home as a Short Sale which can be a very lengthy and agonizing process. It's safe to say,  Joe was there to answer any questions and kept me informed with the process almost daily. If you're looking for a Realtor that's smart, understands architecture & style, doesn't mind getting his feet wet, and will keep things moving forward, Joe Kunkel is the Realtor for you.. He's my Realtor for life. Ron

-Ron D.
Joe made the listing of the property very smooth!  Very helpful with the listing price and comparables of other properties in our area.  Got us a fast contract!

-Kim L.
Excellent.  Joe was dedicated and worked hard to get it sold.  Went beyond the call of duty to take care of the house while it was being shown. We would use Baird & Warner and Joe again if we buy or sell in the future.

-Joan G.