Chicago Developer Puts Prairie Avenue Row House on Market

Joseph Cacciatore's historic home in the South Shore, one of the few remaining 17 "Mansions on Prairie Avenue," is up for grabs at $2.4 million.

Photo by: Prudential Rubloff That's beautiful herringbone flooring, and it's laid throughout the home. Three things caught our eye in this vignette: a window seat, a fireplace and that Depression-era green tint to the dining table. (See the echo in the movie poster to the left?) Not that it needs it, but the mirror above the fireplace makes a deep room appear even larger.

This past spring the Tribune reported that real estate businessman Joseph Cacciatore, CEO of Jos, Cacciatore & Co., was the "angel" behind a proposed bid to save St. James Church from the Chicago Archdiocese’s wrecking ball. (That plan flamed out and the South Side landmark couldn't escape the rubble heap.) Now Cacciatore is making headlines with the listing of his historic Prairie Avenue row house, a project from Tony Rezko's Rezmar Corp., reports Crain's. It's in an area the executive described as the "Astor Street of the South Side," comparing it to the famously pricey North Side block. 

The 5,000-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4.2-bath "oasis" was designed by John Robert Wiltgen's firm, which also pulled together interior visions for the Trump Towers, Fifield Realty Corp.'s Gotham Lofts in the Southwest Loop, and the converted beaux arts Ambassador Hotel in the Gold Coast. It comes furnished if you're so inclined. And why not? The trimmings are fabulous. Built in 2003 the vast floor plan includes a fifth-floor 250-bottle wine cellar, media room and wet bar; Lake Michigan and Soldier Field views from the top-floor deck; and an elevator (yes!). The entire third floor is devoted to the master suite. And the space has a calming, tranquil quiet: No street parking is allowed on Prairie Avenue.

Trivia: The Cacciatore family owns a principal piece of land needed to build the new DePaul University 10,000-seat basketball arena, part of the massive Navy Pier redevelopment Mayor Emanuel announced in May. Chicago calls that leverage.

Repped by Melinda Jakovich of Prudential Rubloff. Listed for $2.4 million. Cacciatore has set sights on his Winnetka mansion as a primary residence after the sale. Nice to have that as a backup.

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