Check out Bob's story that ran in Sunday's Chicago Tribune in which Bob broke the story of cyclist Christian Vande Velde paying $775,000 for a five-bedroom house on 4.75 acres in Lemont, Ill., a southwest suburb of Chicago. Bob also notes that a town home owned by Vande Velde, who has ridden with Lance Armstrong, is on the market for $375,000.
In the column, Bob also breaks the news of a mansion at 2474 N. Lakeview Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood selling recently for $4,000,000 ($3,750,000 recorded transaction; the difference relates to broker fees). The sellers, who had built the home in 1991, first had tried listing it for $9,000,000 in 2003.
Also featured in the column: the 30-room, former mansion of political fixer Tony Rezko was sold by his lender, Bank of America (which had foreclosed on the home last year) for $3,701,000 to an unidentified land trust. That amount is contrary -- by a lot -- to what has erroneously appeared elsewhere.