Deal Estate Flash: Cubs President Sells Winnetka Home
Crane Kenney, the president of the Chicago Cubs, has sold his former home in Winnetka. The deal closed September 3rd at $2,582,500; the asking price had been $2,849,000. Kenney and his wife, Kelly, built the French Provincial–style house in 2001; according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, the couple had paid $660,000 for the half-acre lot a year earlier. According to the listing sheet, the 13-room, 6,700-square-foot house has a “banquet-sized dining room,” as well as five full baths and two partials.
Last February, the Kenneys paid $1.5 million for a 57-year-old, $3,791-square-foot house, also in Winnetka. It has four full baths and one partial, according to the Cook County Assessor (which does not record a total room count). Like the house the Kenneys just sold, the new home is a short walk from Winnetka’s lovely Crow Island Woods Park.
A former senior counsel and chief legal officer for Tribune Company, Kenney took over as Cubs president and chairman in late 2007. One of Kenney’s more notorious moments occurred before the 2008 playoffs when he had a Greek Orthodox priest bless the Cubs dugout with holy water; the Los Angeles Dodgers went on to sweep the Cubs in the opening round. Despite calls to jettison Kenney, the Ricketts family, which bought the team in 2009, decided to retain him as team president.