See Inside 20 Jaw-Dropping Properties That Hit the Market This Year

The Chicago area made real-estate headlines this year, from record-high asking prices to celebrity listings. Take a tour of some of the most jaw-dropping properties of 2018.

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Jennifer Gonzalez
One of Chicago’s most iconic mansions hit the market with one of the largest asking prices in the city. The Gold Coast’s Thompson House, built in 1888, was listed for $21.9 million. The six bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom mansion on North Dearborn is a nationally registered historic landmark. Take a tour inside.
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Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari listed their Nashville mansion, the setting for several scenes in Cavallari's reality show "Very Cavallari," for $8 million. The 19,983-square-foot "Mediterranean influenced villa" was built in 2007 and features an owner's suite, a yoga room, a basement theater with a massive bar and an infrared steam sauna and safe room. Take a tour inside.
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Bill and Giuliana Rancic listed their newly renovated 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion in Chicago's Gold Coast for $6.8 million. It featured heated floors, five bedrooms, a "chef's quality kitchen," two full-height wine coolers, a custom bar, custom TVs, and a back deck with an outdoor fireplace, kitchen and large screen TV. Take a tour inside.
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A home for sale in suburban Minooka featured an indoor ice rink and rock climbing wall. The 3,300-square-foot house is less than an hour drive from Chicago and sits on a lake with a private beach, boat slip, ski club, hockey rink, full gym and a bedroom rock wall. It was described in the listing as a "luxury vacation home" you can live in all year round. Take a tour inside.
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Retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher cut the asking price this year for his north suburban mansion.nThe seven-bedroom, 11,000-square foot home on 9 acres of land in Libertyville was first placed on the market in 2017 for $3 million and was listed in 2018 for just under $2 million. The home, which was built in 1987, features a game room, basketball court, in-ground trampoline, two barns, a playhouse, putting green and more. See it for yourself below. Take a tour inside.
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Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen dropped the asking price of his north suburban mansion once again this year. Built in 2003, the six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom house boasts an outdoor pool, a wine cellar and, of course, a basketball court complete with a large rendering of Pippen’s Bulls jersey on the wood floor. Take a tour inside.
Jeff Bara
A church was listed for sale in Logan Square—but not just any church. This one was converted into a single-family house. The 3,400-square-foot holy house now boasts three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage. The wide-open space holds 25-foot-tall ceilings, 15-foot windows and fully renovated living spaces. Take a tour inside.
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Wilsons Island, a private island on Wisconsin's Pewaukee Lake, was for sale for anyone who's ever dreamt of owning a private island. The 3-acre island property included two cottages and three piers for $890,000. The listing agent for the property said the island would come with a row boat, swing, hammock and various lawn and cottage furnishings. Take a tour inside.
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A 13,353-square-foot home on 8.94 lakefront acres in Lake Forest went up for sale in July for $15 million. A look inside shows eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, five garages and a pool, but a closer look reveals the century-old home's history and historic details. Take a tour inside.
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A luxurious Lincoln Park mansion listed at a record $50 million was the most expensive home for sale in Chicago in April, according to a report. Take a tour inside the property, which spans 8.5 city lots
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Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo listed the 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom estate in his hometown of Parkland, Florida, for $2.2 million this year. At a spacious 7,840 square feet, the gated home boasts a steam room, wine cellar, movie theater and stunning pool area - not to mention his personal batting cage.Take a tour inside.
Former Chicago Bear Martellus Bennett reportedly listed his eclectic Long Grove mansion this year for $1.25 million. The home features unique decor like polka dot and graffiti walls, Popsicle art, a giant gumball machine and colorful balls on the ceiling, according to the listing. Take a tour inside.
New Bear Khalil Mack has put down roots in a Chicago suburb, reportedly buying a $3.75 million mansion in Glencoe. Mack purchased the six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bathroom mansion on Sept. 14, according to the Chicago Tribune. It features a sports court, wine cellar and yoga studio. Take a tour inside.
It might not look like it from the outside, but the inside of this split-level home for sale in Arlington Heights was preserved from another decade -- from the marble wallpaper and red shag carpeting, to pink toilet and blue bedroom walls. Take a tour inside.
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A two-story glass house in suburban Chicago was back on the market for nearly $800,000. The striking home on Oak Lane Drive in Olympia Fields was designed by H.P. Davis “Deever” Rockwell, a student of Mies van der Rohe, as his own family residence. According to the listing, the home is "one of the most architecturally significant mid-century modern houses." Take a tour inside.
A six-bedroom, two-story mansion in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood sold for $11.9 million this year. The Lincoln Park home encompasses three oversized city lots and includes a 39-foot terrace, grilling area, chef’s kitchen, and more. Take a tour inside.
Executive Realty Group
A loft in Chicago's popular West Loop neighborhood, which was featured in NBC's hit show "Chicago Fire," hit the market this year for $1.85 million.The 3,800-square-foot unit, which was used in several episodes as lead character Kelly Severide's loft, was listed for $1.85 million features a 146-bottle wine refrigerator, a master suite with heated floors and a fireplace, a soundproof media room and movie theater and more. Outside, a 1,200-square-foot unit includes a hot tub, deck area and skyline view. Take a tour inside.
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A stunning suburban mansion hit the market for nearly $20 million, offering up breathtaking views and "ultimate luxury." The six-bedroom, six-bathroom lakefront estate in Lake Bluff sits on 12 acres along the shores of Lake Michigan and features an in-ground pool, a custom vineyard and unobstructed views of the lakefront, according to its listing. Take a tour inside.
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An early-20th century mansion, which in part serves as a haunted house in suburban Evanston, was restored to its original glory after attempts at modernizing the grand structure. According to current owner Leslie Bull, the home is expected to hit the market in the spring of 2019 with an asking price estimated at $2.5 million. Take a tour inside.
Touted as a vacation destination "right at home," the land surrounding a 2,890-square-foot home for sale in Oswego featured amenities not typically found in one backyard. The private 3-acre lot has two golf greens with tee boxes, a stocked pond with a fishing deck, a tennis court and half-court basketball court, according to the home's real estate listing. Take a tour inside.
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