Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker sells Tudor-style Evanston mansion for $3.6M

Buyers will use former bed and breakfast as a private residence

Jennifer Pritzker and 1622 Forest Place in Evanston (Redfin, Getty)
Jennifer Pritzker and 1622 Forest Place in Evanston (Redfin, Getty)

Jennifer Pritzker, an heir to the Pritzker family who is also the first and only openly transgender billionaire, sold an Evanston mansion that she operated as a bed and breakfast.

Pritzker sold the furnished six-bedroom, nine-bathroom Tudor-style home for $3.6 million, Crain’s reported. The buyers will use it as a private residence.

“It’s very commercial now, with exit signs everywhere and electronic fobs for coming and going,” said Mary Summerville, who represented the buyers. “All that has to be changed.”

The property, which Pritzker’s Tawani Enterprises bought for $2.8 million in 2012, hit the market in April 2019 with an asking price of $5.2 million. It was cut to $4.2 million in September 2020.

Tawani renovated the 1884 mansion and two-bedroom separated coach house, adding modern amenities such as a four-story elevator, chef’s kitchen, geothermal heating and spa bathrooms with heated floors.

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The half-acre site, across the street from the lakefront Patriots Park, includes a heated six-car garage with two EV charging stations.

Pritzker sold another property that Tawani operated as a bed and breakfast in July. That one, on nearby Church Street, sold for $2.5 million and also became a private residence. Pritzker, who paid $2.25 million for the home in 2012 paid for renovations, most likely took a loss on the sale.

Tawani sold two other properties in 2019. A home on Judson Avenue went for about $1.2 million and a Tudor-home on Sheridan Road sold for $1.3 million.

Pritzker is a cousin of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Her mansion in Winnetka’s Indian Hill Club isn’t actively listed for sale, although it’s been on and off the market over the past several years.

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[CCB] — Victoria Pruitt