Michael Nagrant got to know Rahm Emanuel as well as anyone in Chicago.
But unlike most Chicagoans, Nagrant didn’t just have superficial interactions with the would-be mayor -- shaking hands with him at L stops, asking him whether he was a communist during residency hearings.
Nagrant is a resident of Green Street Lofts, where Emanuel lived briefly before he was able to move back into his house on Hermitage Avenue. As Emanuel’s short-term neighbor, Nagrant actually rode elevators with the Emanuel and his security detail -- and watched the new mayor push the buttons himself!
Now, Nagrant is doing what any Chicagoan who has even a remote acquaintance with the mayor would do: he’s trying to make money off his connection. Nagrant is selling his condo, and since it’s two stories below the condo where the mayor slept, he’s advertising it as a chance for buyers to Live Like Rahm.
Though Rahm moved out of the loft a few weeks ago, his spirit, and the character of the building that drew the greatest living man without a middle finger here, remains.
And, now, you can own a part of this history!
For the low-low price of $294,995, you may walk the very halls Rahm did when he was contemplating appointing such future city hall of famers like education ninja Jean-Claude Brizard and Facebook flirt and public relations guru, Tarrah Cooper.
I am not sure you can live like Rahm for only $294,995. But it does give you an insight into how much higher Rahm’s standard of living is than anyone else’s. Even when he’s homeless, he has granite countertops.
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