Check out Bob's weekly real-estate column in this coming Sunday's Chicago Tribune (available online now), where Bob breaks the news of the newest $40 million man, former Chicago Bulls (and current Charlotte Bobcats) forward Tyrus Thomas, winding down his Chicago-area residential real estate by recently listing his town home in Northbrook, Ill. for $499,900 and selling his two-bedroom condo in the same town for $254,000.

Also featured: soap-opera writer Kay Alden is auctioning off her penthouse condo at 247 E. Chestnut Street on Chicago's Gold Coast on July 27. There's no minimum bid, although a suggested opening bid is $600,000 and the penthouse last was listed for $1,950,000.