Chicago's sporting legend and former Bears coach Mike Ditka, known affectionately as "Iron Mike," has recently completed the sale of his luxurious condo in the heart of the Windy City. Ditka, aged 84, along with his wife Diana, found a buyer for their Streeterville neighborhood residence, a sale that captures the essence of Chicago's high-end real estate market.
Initially listed for $599,000, as reported by the Chicago Tribune last month, the property was snapped up in just 10 days, selling for $575,000. This figure was a mere $24,000 shy of the asking price, reflecting the high demand for premium properties in this prestigious Chicago area.
Emily Sachs Wong, an agent with @properties who managed the listing, told The Post, "Mike Ditka IS Chicago. This apartment, with its classic wood detailing and stunning views of the Magnificent Mile, is a true embodiment of our city's spirit." The sale marks a new chapter for Ditka and his wife, who have chosen to leave the city for their spacious 4,200-plus-square-foot residence in Naples, Florida, constructed back in 2002.
This decision aligns with their lifestyle shift and their desire for a change in scenery, as confirmed by Wong to the Tribune.
Ditka's Culinary Legacy
Mike Ditka's legacy extends beyond the football field. His name is synonymous with a series of eponymous steakhouses, the first of which opened in 1997 on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, further cementing his status as a city icon.
The condo, nestled on the 39th floor of the Olympia Centre building, spans 1,904 square feet. It boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. The unit features a grand foyer, an expansive living and dining room, and a kitchen adorned with granite countertops.
The primary suite includes two walk-in closets and an ensuite bath with dual vanities. Hardwood floors add elegance throughout the condo. The new owner, whose identity remains undisclosed, will also enjoy access to a suite of amenities within the building.
These include an indoor pool, two exercise rooms, saunas, door staff, dry cleaning services, a party room with a full kitchen, a car wash, and bicycle storage, ensuring a lifestyle of comfort and luxury in one of Chicago's most sought-after locations.
Ditka's departure from Chicago marks the end of an era, but his influence on the city, both through his sporting achievements and his entrepreneurial ventures, leaves a lasting legacy.