Donna Manella

Donna Manella

Managing Broker, Century 21 Affiliated - Lincoln Square - Chicago

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 312-816-0817
  • 773-275-0302
  • 773-275-0300
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Testimonials and Reviews for Donna Manella


“I have worked with Donna for the past few years, representing her clients in real estate transactions. She is an energetic,knowlegeable realtor who always makes her clients feel as if they are her only client. Her clients always tell me at the closing table how happy they are with Donna’s representtion, her professionalism and her motivation in selling their home and/or finding the perfect new home to buy. donna has great knowledge of the market, and I would highly recommend her as your next realtor, whether you are buying or selling.” --Judy DeAngelis, Attorney




To Whom it may concern,

I recently presented Donna Manella with the extreme challenge of searching for a property in Chicago for me. Donna treated me as if I were seeking a mega-million dollar home. She went many extra miles on my behalf; sometimes quite literally by driving me to and from the airport and all over Chicago and its far suburbs. Donna did these extra miles with grace and good cheer and not once did she show impatience with the often difficult and frustrating task at hand. I have never known someone like donna who has the ability to organize complicated documentation at lightning speed to secure her client’s needs. Donna has exceeded my expectations - and then some! It has been an amazing experience to work with Donna and I am unable to speak highly enough of her professionalism, poise under pressure, and willingness to go to any lengths to do her absolute best for her client.

Donna has me as a client for life and I truly look forward to working with her in the future.

Very truly yours, 

Gillian E. MacQueen


Dear Donna:

It was a pleasure working with you on the sale of our loft in downtown Chicago. Your expertise and knowledge of today's real estate market was definitely an advantage. You sold our unit at a high price in record time.

We will definitely contact you for any future real estate transactions. Your hard work is really appreciated.

Very truly yours,

Kas and Anita Kober



We first met Ms. Donna Manella when we went to see our home. She was the seller's listing agent and we had seen an advertisement for the sale of a 3Bedroom/3Bath condonminium in Lakeview that had piqued our interest. 

Ms. Manella told us over the phone that it was in tremendous disrepair and needed to be completely rehabbed. We were a little surprised by her honesty but we became even more curious about the condo. We made an appointment for the next day. When we met Ms. Manella we found her to be likable and honest ie: she told us that it was in great need of repair but also pointed out it's potential. She answered all of our questions and she was always available to us. We found her to be professional and helpful with a wonderful personality. We also found her to have a very calm and relaxed style. We ended up buying the condo 2 days later. We have never regretted this purchase. We love our new home and we have Ms. Manella to thank.If we ever buy or sell property in the future we will ask Ms. Manella to represent us as our real estate agent. We trust her expertise and we value her knowlege. It was a pleasure working with her and we look forward to working with her in the future. 

Best regards,
Ana Gil & Steve Epner




Dear Donna:

Thank you for helping me find the perfect place! Your professional, helpful and friendly attitude made purchasing my first home a snap. As opposed to other real estate agents I toured Condos with, you didn't pressure me and give me false stories about how hot the property was and I needed to purchase immediately! You helped me find exactly what I needed. 

Another aspect that makes you a great realtor is that you kept in touch and looked out for my well being, even after the sale.

Please keep this letter as a reference!

Thanks again,
Joe Sus



“Donna is diligent in advocating for her clients. Constantly in communication with all parties so that she know exactly what is going on. Donna is available throughout the entire process until the deal closes and even after the fact. She keeps tabs on the file even after the deal is closed, to make sure clients are happy, even years later. ”
—John Elias, Attorney



“Hey Donna, I just wanted to express my thanks to you for all the help getting my house sold. It’s hard enough trying to sell a house in this difficult market, but to try and sell living 900 iles away made it terrifying. You were always there to keep an eye on things and help keep the process moving. I’m sure there are many realtors that would have given up and walked away but you hung in there and got the job done. Many thanks. —Paul (Avondale/Roscoe Village, Chicago)




Donna is one of the most reliable Real Estate Agents that I have ever worked with. I am in the entertainment industry and while I was out on the road performing, Donna actually found a wonderful new home for me and my husband and our two cats…WITHOUT ME…she handled everything and when I came off the road, I moved into a beautiful new one, thanks to Donna and her expertise of knowing and caring about what mattered to me and my husband. Donna is a true “treasure” —Wandachristine (Gold Coast, Chicago, IL)




Donna was wonderfully professional. She went the extra mile (or in our case, many miles) into the Chicago suburbs to find something that wasn’t just a house for us to buy, but a home for us to live in. She made sure we were aware of traffic and the communities surrounding each location and even made time for us outside of regular business hours when necessary”—Heather Ross (NW Chicagoland)




Donna is a very detailed person who knows what areas to highlight when selling your home to get the maximum return. She was with me every step of the process explaining things so I had the knowledge to make an informed decision. She actually became a great friend and I consider her a part of my extended family. She advised us on what to spruce up in our home and what we should add to make our home more appealing on the market. She was also an extreme and integral part of the closing procedure due to the fact that I live out of state. I couldn’t have managed the process of fixing, listing and selling our home without her expertise and knowledge. She is truly an asset to the Real Estate field and it has been my extreme pleasure to know her.—Kim Cooper (Edgebrook, Chicago )




10/11/2015 - Garapaty,Srikrishna
Donna was always honest and knowledgable during our process. Donna is very personable and easy to talk to. She never made us feel like any of our questions were wrong or silly. The process of buying and/or selling a home can be very grueling. Donna took some of burden off of our minds, because we  felt comfortable with her knowledge and abilities.




I am a real estate attorney and have worked with Donna Manella on both buy/sell real estate transactions over the past 5 years.  Donna is hardworking, conscientious, dedicated, intelligent and most importantly, always puts her clients interests first.  Donna is a pleasure to work with on a real estate deal, as no detail is left undone.  More importantly, Donna has  great knowledge of the Chicago real estate market, which puts those clients that work with her at a great advantage.  I have no doubt that any client that works with Donna will have made the right choice in a real estate agent.

--Deborah Ashen, Attorney


09/29/2015 -Jill Conser.  

Donna is a top notch broker, they don't get any better than her.  Donna is patient and professional and helps you find exactly what you are looking for.   I had the pleasure of meeting Donna about 4 years ago when I  purchased my first home.  Donna walked me through the process and made me feel  comfortable with the decisions that I made.  Donna gave 110% throughout the whole process.  When I  met Donna little did I know that she was not only a wonderful broker but also a great friend. I would recommend her to everyone, she is the  best.




09/29/2015 - Pam Colovos

I have worked with Donna over the last several years, both for myself as well as a referral for clients. Donna's knowledge and expertise in real estate are outstanding.  Additionally her professionalism sets her apart in many ways.  Whether she's negotiating transaction or researching information  on a specific locale, Donna is a pleasure to work with.

I would not hesitate to recommend Donna and look forward to our continued relationship.




09/20/2015 - N. Koga

Donna assisted me with finding a rental home when I moved here in 2005 and again when I purchased a home in 2006.  She is thoughtful, respectful, knowledgeable, and committed to her clients.




09/19/2015 - Edmond Yomtoob 
Donna's knowledge, expertise and dynamic personality made the home buying process a delight. She was recommended by a friend and I have been happy to pass her name along to people who are searching.




09/18/2015 - Tom Durkin

Donna is an amazing realtor.… After our financial situation changed greatly right in the middle of the search she then found us the perfect condo instead.  I very very enthusiastically endorse Donna!




09/17/2015 - Sellers *user8695488*

Donna was always honest and knowledgable during our process. Donna is very personable and easy to talk to. She never made us feel like any of our questions were wrong or silly. The process of buying and/or selling a home can be very grueling. Donna took some of burden off of our minds, because we  felt comfortable with her knowledge and abilities.




11/05/2013 -The Chicago Hegdes

Buying a house is probably one of the most important and stressful experiences people encounter during their lives and we would have been so lost without Donna! Her profound knowledge of the real estate business and all the local communities helped us find a home in a great  neighborhood.We highly appreciate the number of hours she spent with us - guiding us every step of the way and working through numerous complicated situations. We will always remember how she bent over backwards while negotiating with our mortgage company to make the closing process less complicated and stressful for us.There were times when we were ready to give up and she told us to hang in there. We are glad we did and we could not be happier in our new home. Donna,thank you so much for making this all possible for us!



“Very quick to respond. Very professional. Donna follows up and courteous, clear and concise. Knows the industry and is helpful on “this end” of real estate transactions. It is always nice to have an agent who helps the attorney out and knows what we need. 

Donna is that agent.”—Richard Springer, Attorney



  • Leadership Training Graduate
  • Military Relocation Professional
  • Accredited Buyer Representative
  • Quality Service Award
  • E-PRO
  • USAA
  • Realtor

My Listings

1018 Pershing Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60189
Beds: 3 / Baths: 2
1,194 square feet
4910 N Spaulding Avenue 1E, Chicago, IL 60625
Beds: 3 / Baths: 3
1,400 square feet

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