Ryan Chiaverini, the co-host of WLS-Ch. 7's locally produced "Windy City Live" program, wants more space.
So Chiaverini, 39, has listed his two-bedroom, loft-style condominium unit in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood less than 18 months after buying it. Chiaverini is seeking $435,000 for the 1,165-square-foot unit, in which actor John Cusack lived in the early 1990s.
Chiaverini, who before buying the unit had rented in a Streeterville high-rise, became a first-time homebuyer when he paid $400,000 in April 2015 for the unit. Now, though, he has decided he would like a larger place.
"I'm looking for something a bit bigger," Chiaverini told Elite Street. "When I moved into it, I loved the location, I loved the unit and I loved the brick and timber. But after being there, I just already feel like I need more space. I'm looking at some other areas. I may buy or rent — I'm not sure yet, but I'm still kind of looking and deciding. I put it on the market to just kind of test it."
Chiaverini's unit is in a low-rise, onetime industrial building that was constructed as a warehouse in 1912, redeveloped into rental apartments in 1983 and then converted to condos in 1992. Features in the unit include one bath, 14-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick, large windows, new LED lighting, a living room with a cinder stone gel fireplace, a master suite with an organized walk-in closet and an updated kitchen with Snaidero cabinets, a slate floor and stainless steel appliances.
"It really needed to be updated, so I did that in the last year," Chiaverini said. "I've already had a couple of people look at it, so we'll see and I'll go from there."
Chiaverini's building has had no shortage of high-wattage celebrity occupants over the years. In addition to Cusack, other inhabitants have included Cusack's actress sister, Joan, who owned a seventh-floor unit in the building from 1992 until 1998, and actor and Cusack family friend Jeremy Piven, who owned a two-bedroom unit on the seventh floor from 1998 until 2005.
Chiaverini, who was a sports reporter and anchor at ABC 7 from 2006 until becoming "Windy City Live's" inaugural co-host in 2011, didn't go far outside his erstwhile sports-reporting fraternity to find a real estate agent to represent him. His listing agent is Monica Canellis, who is the wife of WFLD-Ch. 32 sports anchor Lou Canellis.
Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.