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Chicago Bears' Matt Forte buys Mettawa home for $1.47 million

2 business executives purchase condos in Trump Tower Chicago; Medline president purchases in Gold Coast

By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune

May 2, 2013

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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has paid $1.47 million for a five-bedroom, French Normandy-style house on nearly 5 acres in Mettawa, about 35 miles northwest of the city.

Forte, 27, bought the 6,062-square-foot stucco and brick house, which was built in 2005, through a trust. In January, Forte sold his longtime home in Vernon Hills for $735,000.

Features in Forte's new house include 6 1/2 baths, coffered ceilings, rosewood hardwood floors, millwork, custom cabinetry and built-ins, four fireplaces, a four-car garage and a marble-floored lower level with a large recreation room and a media room.

The house first came on the market in October 2011 for $1.65 million. Three months later, the asking price was reduced by $100,000. In May 2012, the asking price was $1.5 million.

Penny Silich, of Re/Max Prestige, who represented Forte, declined comment on the transaction.

Trump condo sales

In recent weeks, two business executives have bought condominium units in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

Thomas Gross, vice chairman and chief operating officer for a unit of Cleveland-based Eaton Corp., and his wife paid $5.85 million for an 87th-floor unit. That purchase ranks among the highest condo sales in Chicago history.

The four-bedroom, 6,850-square-foot condo unit has four bedrooms, a family room, a formal dining room, an exercise room, a study, a butler's pantry, 5 1/2 baths, three fireplaces and 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.

The unit, which once was listed for $7.5 million, is one level below the 6,400-square-foot unit that talk show host Steve Harvey has been renting, and it's two floors beneath the Trump Tower Chicago's 14,260-square-foot, full-floor, top-floor unit, which is listed for $32 million.

Gross did not respond to a request for comment.

United Continental CEO Jeff Smisek recently paid $2.38 million for a seven-room, 34th-floor condo unit. Smisek bought the two-bedroom, 3,437-square-foot unit through his Texas-based Flight Partners Management LLC company.

Gross and Smisek bought their units from the building's developer. The two join a growing list of big names owning or renting in Trump Tower Chicago.

Other owners include Blackhawks player Patrick Kane, who in 2008 paid $2.06 million for a 33rd-floor unit, and McDonald's CEO Don Thompson, who paid $3.3 million late last year for two 80th-floor condominium units.

Also, Bulls player Derrick Rose paid $2.82 million in early 2012 for an 84th-floor unit and then several months later paid $850,000 for an adjoining unit. And retired NBA player Juwan Howard has his unit in the building on the market for $3.3 million.

Medline president buys Gold Coast condo

Andy Mills, president of Mundelein-based Medline Industries Inc., has paid $3.88 million for a three-bedroom, 36th-floor unit in a Gold Coast condo building.

The 4,000-square-foot unit has 3 1/2 baths, top-of-the-line finishes, 10-foot ceilings, two terraces, hardwood floors, custom closets, commercial-grade appliances, and custom wood and lacquer cabinetry.

In 2007, Mills and his wife paid $11.2 million through a trust for a 14,304-square-foot mansion along Lake Michigan in the Highland Park neighborhood. That purchase price remains one of the highest recorded sales of a Chicago-area residential property.