About us

East Lake Management & Development Corporation was started over 35 years ago by Mr. Elzie Higginbottom as a property management company that was able to successfully manage and develop both residential and commercial properties. A specific focus has always been to achieve this within the underserved and under-invested communities of Chicago’s southside. Since its inception East Lake Management has grown and expanded its managing portfolio, adding successful and high-profile developments, major revitalizations within key communities and neighborhoods, as well as historic rehabilitations of challenging properties.

To date East Lake Management manages over 17,000 units in total. Including market-rate, affordable and other diverse residential units; as well as 34 commercial properties.

We are 100% minority owned and controlled, headquartered in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood and licensed within the State of Illinois.

Our strength, growth, and success are founded on the depth of our employee talent. With over 600 employees from various professional and educational backgrounds; and most importantly- many of them from, and/or residents of the very communities we have invested in. This equips East Lake to be more than able to address the full range of property management issues through this dynamic workforce.

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