Celebrity Homes

Check out CUBS Ben Zobrist’s New North Center Home

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Ben Zobrist, second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, just bought a $1.84 million home in North Center. In December, he signed a $56 million contract with the Cubs. With all the extra money, he was in the market for a new place to call home.

His 6 bedroom and 4.5 bathroom home features a mudroom, 3 car heated garage, fireplace, chair rail, and coffered ceilings.


Check out Ben Zobrist’s luxurious North Center home:


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Zobrist’s new home features Victorian charm with modern style.


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A spacious sitting room greets guest as they enter the home. This room is also great for small gatherings with friends.


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Off to the side of the sitting room is this cozy nook. This area is perfect for quiet conversations, reading, or just enjoying the view.


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The blue colors of the dining area are very calming and unique. Eating family dinners has never been so relaxing.


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A spacious kitchen allows for many family meals to be cooked. The wide island counter also makes a great place to have a quick meal.


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A toasty fireplace and flat screen TV make for a comfortable living room.


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This large and comfortable master bedroom is a great place for Zobrist to rest his head. Also, the large windows let plenty of light to shine through to feel refreshed in the morning.


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You’ll immediately feel like you’re in a spa just by entering the bathroom. The luxurious tub, large mirror, and soft lighting make for a soothing experience.


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Unique Homes

The Ugliest Homes In Chicago

We all know that Chicago has beautiful homes. However, not every home in Chicago can be magazine ready. Some homes are neglected while others just haven’t the found the right owner to care for it.


Here are the UGLIEST homes in Chicago:


917 W 54th St


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If raccoons lived here, as suggested by the door, then it will explain the shape of this house. It has broken stairs, missing siding, crooked windows, missing paint, and a missing wall. Let this be a lesson never to sell a house to raccoons.


1054 E 93rd St


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Is this a bomb shelter or a home? Where are the windows? What happened to the bathroom wall? This home/bomb shelter leaves me with many questions. But one thing I’m certain is that it’s ugly.


6123 S Justine St


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Any house that has boarded up windows and police tape is destined to be ugly. But, not only is this house ugly it’s also gross. Weird splotches on the ceilings, dirt (or mold or blood) streaked on the sink, and peeling paint makes for a very ugly home.


7232 S Green St


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Dirty stairs and overgrown weeds put this house in the ugly category. But, the inside is worst. Holey walls, missing cabinets, and a dirty basement make it a champion of ugly homes.


5150 S Paulina St


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From the outside, this home seems…okay. However, as the saying goes, “never judge a book by its cover”. This house has the standard peeling paint and boarded windows. But, this home seems to have several sections ripped out of it. It has a ripped out tub, a missing section of ceiling, a missing wall, missing doorknobs, and a half a sink.



Cheapest Apartments in Chicago’s West Loop

Many people want to live in a hip neighborhood such as West Loop. Unfortunately, it can be a bit pricey to live in such a great place. According to Rent Jungle, the average rent in West Loop is $2,296 a month. Fortunately, there are plenty of available apartments below that average that feature great amenities.


Here are 5 cheap apartments in West Loop:


659 W Randolph St Apt 1211 – 1,850/mo.

1 bed and 1 bath

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The apartment features in-unit washer and dryer, hardwood floors, and an office nook. Rent includes a 24-hour door person, heat, air, water, basic cable, internet, pool, and a fitness room.


123 N Desplaines St #1203 – 1,730/mo.

Studio and 1 bath

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This lovely apartment has in-unit laundry, floor-to-ceiling windows ( facing West), hardwood floors, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Close to the apartment is Millennium Park, Randolph Street, Whole Foods, and Union Station. For a low price, you can have tons of amenities within walking distance.


545 W Madison St – 1,669/mo.

1 bed and 1 bath

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Upgrade from a small studio to this cozy 1 bedroom apartment. This apartment offers great views of the city along with a modern kitchen and comfy carpet throughout the place.


601 W Jackson Blvd – $1,632/mo.

Studio and 1 bath

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This luxury apartment has granite countertops, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and an in-unit wash/dryer. The building also features a rooftop eco-garden terrace, private dog run, indoor pool, outdoor sundeck, fitness center, social room, and media room. Not bad for such a low price.


180 N Jefferson St – 1,573/mo.

Studio and 1 bath

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This studio apartment brings a lot of value to the renter. From granite countertops, dishwasher, and plenty of living space to make you feel comfortable. The building also has a 24-hour gym, 24-hour internet café, and a hot tub. Also, the building is pet-friendly so you can bring your favorite pooch or feline with you.