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Dawn McKenna is among the nation’s most successful, creative, and sought-after real estate agents. Employing an energetic, youthful and value-oriented approach, Dawn entered Coldwell Banker’s elite "International President's Premier Club", a status conferred upon the top 1% of their 86,000 worldwide agents, in her first full year as an agent and has remained a member ever since.  Since being named a Coldwell Banker "Rookie of the Year" in ’03, Dawn has earned top producer status in the 130+ agent Hinsdale, IL office. She was the #1 agent in 2005-2014 and in 2013 broke a record in the history of Hinsdale by selling over $135 million in residential real estate. Her success continued in 2014 with sales of over $121 million.  Dawn is the #1 Broker in Hinsdale and the #1 Broker in DuPage County by volume in 2013 and 2014.

 Making Dawn’s accomplishments more impressive is the fact that her market (Hinsdale/Burr Ridge/Oak Brook, IL) is one of the nation’s most competitive and demanding.  With a median family income more than twice the national average and a median home price exceeding $860,000, this market’s consumers can afford to be selective in their agents and homes. In this challenging market of over 900 active agents, Dawn consistently ranks at the top echelon of agents in the area. Dawn has been the deal maker for thousands of satisfied clients. Dawn’s   clients rely on her as a “one stop shop” for everything from decorating tips and rehabs to advice regarding schools and local sports programs

Personal Background

Dawn’s success is due in part to a diverse background that includes work as an interior designer, where she employed an eye for color and design, personal style, and strong presentation skills.  Dawn draws upon this experience when she "stages" her listings by suggesting paint, furnishing, and other changes to increase their appeal to her target market.  Other contributors to Dawn’s success are the years she spent in the wealth management department of the Northern Trust Company and in the trading pits at the Chicago Board of Trade. Topping this all off, Dawn is an experienced runway and print model, a one-time Miss Illinois USA contestant, a former pre-Olympic figure skater, and even an Oprah! Show model.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hinsdale resident for 19 years
  • Community Expert
  • Relocation Buyer and Seller Specialist
  • Luxury Home Specialist
  • Consistently strong negotiator
  • Innovative marketing techniques
  • Effective communication skills

Education and Designations

  • Graduate of University of Illinois at Champaign -BA 1990
  • Delta Gamma Sorority
  • Northern Trust Co. Personal Trust Admin.
  • Licensed Broker



"Rookie of the Year" 2003

Recipient of the "40 under 40" award

Member of Coldwell Banker's President's Elite

Member of Coldwell Banker's President's Premier

Consistent Top Monthly & Quarterly Producer

Top Producer in Coldwell Banker Hinsdale Office for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

#1 Agent in Hinsdale and in DuPage County in volume per the MLS in 2013 with sales exceeding $135 million and in 2014 sales over $121 million.


Serving All Of Your Real Estate Needs

Dawn McKenna is a true community expert. Her strong knowledge of the community & local schools has helped many of her clients. An extensive background in interior design and home renovation, combined with family values, help her truly understand the market and your needs. Dawn is an area resident & is involved with the Theatre and Art Awareness program at St. Isaac Jogues School.

Communities I Serve

Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, Oak Brook, Willowbrook, Downers Grove, Darien, LaGrange, Indian Head Park

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