We have now begun writing a column, called Famous Places, every other week for the RedEye edition of the Chicago Tribune. It covers celebrity real estate in the Chicago area. Here is yesterday’s column in its entirety: Chicago Tribune May 31, 2007 Thursday RedEye Edition FAMOUS PLACES; Bears livin' large in their new homes BYLINE: By Bob Goldsborough, a RedEye special contributor. Bears cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman has paid $1,249,500 for a custom-built, Tudor-style single-family house in the small Lake County suburb of Green Oaks, and he also has sold his single-family house in nearby Lake Bluff for $505,000. Tillman, 26, was a solid contributor to the Bears' 2006 run to the Super Bowl. Situated on a 0.62-acre lot and originally listed by a homebuilder for $1,395,000, Tillman's new stone-and-stucco house has five bedrooms, five full baths and one half bath, according to listing information. The two-story, 10-room house has 10-foot first-floor ceilings, a great room with a two-story cathedral ceiling, and a kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, an island, granite touches, a walk-in pantry and a large eating area, according to listing information. Upstairs, the house's master bedroom has a sitting area with a fireplace, an enclosed balcony porch and a luxury master bath with a steam shower and whirlpool. The house's finished lower level has a recreation room with a fireplace, a full bath, a game room and storage areas. Outside are a three-car garage and a stamped concrete patio. Tillman closed on his new house last month. Also last month, Tillman sold his three-bedroom, detached single-family house in the Sanctuary area of Lake Bluff for $505,000. Tillman had paid $435,000 in early 2004 to purchase that house. That two-story house has three full baths and one half bath, all on a 0.14-acre lot, according to listing information. Bears fullback Jason McKie, meanwhile, has paid $535,000 for a two-story house in north suburban Gurnee, and he has lowered the asking price on his house in nearby Waukegan from $309,900 to $294,900. McKie, 27, joined the Bears in 2003, and late last year was awarded a $4.5 million contract extension through 2011, according to the Tribune. Built in 1998, the new house McKie purchased has about 3,200 square feet and originally had been listed for $549,900. Features in the stucco house include four and a half baths, a two-story entry with hardwood floors, crown moldings and custom millwork in the living room and dining room, and a kitchen with 42-inch white cabinets, Corian counters, a large center island with a cooktop and a built-in double oven. Upstairs, the master suite has French doors that lead to a separate room that can be used as a sitting room, den or nursery, along with a master bath with ceramic flooring, his and her vanities, a separate shower with marble surround, walk-in closets and a whirlpool tub. McKie's new house also has a step-down family room and a full, finished English basement. Gurnee long has been a popular place for Bears to own homes, including Devin Hester, Robbie Gould, Leon Joe and Tank Johnson, who paid $545,000 in 2004 for his house. The three-bedroom, Colonial-style house that McKie is selling is at the far western edge of Waukegan, near Interstate Highway 94. It has a two-story living room, a first floor office/den, a full professionally finished basement and a full fenced yard, according to listing information. McKie purchased the house in 2004 for $270,000.