Celebrity Homes

See What’s to Come of Chicago’s Very Own Kanye West’s Childhood Home

DNAinfo (Now defunct, hopefully they come back) has the scoop on the latest of what’s to become of Kanye West’s childhood home. Check out the article below!

SOUTH SHORE — After buying rapper and producer Kanye West’s childhood home in South Shore last year, Donda’s House now says it must tear it down.

The nonprofit, founded to honor West’s late mother and led in part by West collaborator Che “Rhymefest” Smith, has hit roadblocks in trying to turn West’s old house into an arts incubator.

Donda’s House bought the wood-frame house at 7815 S. South Shore Drive last fall, but has discovered it is in worse shape than initially thought.

“The house is destroyed. The house was abandoned for 10 years,” Smith said.

He said the nonprofit’s architect has determined the amount of work the house needs would exceed the cost to tear it down and build a new facility designed to house the recording studios, study areas and museum to music of the South Side planned for the property.

Executive Director Donnie Smith said the vision for the programming that brings in neighborhood youths and the general community around music and the arts has not changed.

Later this fall, the nonprofit will start raising $1 million toward the costs of demolition and construction of a new facility, which is expected to be up to 4,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the 1,600 square foot house, she said.

Che Smith said the project matters whether the house is gone or not.

“I believe that by staying in that community space, we’ll still be able to instill the spirit of what we’ve been doing,” Smith said.

Both said the plan continues to be to create a model of a small arts and music incubator that can be replicated in other neighborhoods around the city, dubbed Lite Houses by the nonprofit.

By Sam Cholke


Celebrity Homes

Mariah Carey’s Shoe Closet Is Filled With Dreams

Mariah Carey gave the entire world a glimpse of her closet and we are pretty jealous.

OK – jealous is an under statement.

In case you were wondering what her favorite room in the house was, it’s her closet!

You need to see this room. Check it out below:


Mariah’s closet has always made any “Top Closets” list and we can see why. Look at those shoes! Look at the organization. So pretty.

In case you haven’t seen her MTV Cribs session a while back, the show featured Mariah’s closet. Watch it below:

Also, watch our Most Luxurious Closets video below. You’ll love it!

Which closet is your favorite? Everyone has a different closet style type. When you are working with a big enough closet, you can work wonders!

We love that these walk in closets have so much space for organization. You will never lose a single item and you will save yourself time rummaging through clothes because it’s all right there!


Celebrity Homes, Chicago People

Bill and Giuliana Rancic Are Selling Their Chicago Home

One of Chicago’s most popular celebrity couples has listed their home for sale. Bill and Giuliana Rancic are selling their Gold Coast mansion, asking $6.8 million. Located at 105 E. Bellevue Place, the historic brownstone home underwent a major renovation after the Rancics purchased in 2013 for $2.125 million. The home has 5 bedrooms and 5.2 bathrooms, a full chef’s kitchen plus a pretty killer two-story master closet suite. For additional details, contact Laura Rubin Dresner (312.217.4444)


See inside Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s Chicago home…


Contact Laura Rubin Dresner

Baird & Warner


Where do you think Bill & Giuliana are moving next?