Juanita speaks: Michael Jordan’s ex talks about her penthouse on the market
By STELLA FOSTER firstname.lastname@example.org March 21, 2012 7:16PM
Updated: April 23, 2012 11:16AM
T HE SUN-TIMES reported on Wednesday that Juanita Jordan, ex-wife of Michael Jordan and mother of his three children, has put her luxurious Lake Shore Drive penthouse condo on the market for $5 million. Juanita, who is known for avoiding the press and has never let all of her wealth and fame go to her head and is still just “Juanita from the block (like J. Lo),” told me: “The penthouse is approximately 8,000 square feet with a rooftop deck and solarium on the 41st floor. The entire 40th floor has three bedrooms and a huge master suite with Jacuzzi.
“It also has 5 ½ bathrooms, granite countertops in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The living room, dining room, laundry room are located on the 40th floor. And the east and west side of the 39th floor has a family room and a recreational room with a specially designed ventilation system that was used to prevent smoke from traveling through the house when my ex-husband smoked cigars with his buddies,” said the civic-minded Jordan.
“The condo is right on the lake and in walking distance to everything, which makes it perfect for shopping, dining and going to the theater,” said Jordan. “We designed it for living and entertaining and it has the most amazing lake and city views.
“I absolutely love this condo and thought my children would eventually move into it, but Jeffrey, my oldest son, has already started his own marketing business and divides his time between Chicago and Florida, and my youngest son, Marcus, will be doing the same, when he finishes college. My beautiful daughter, Jasmine, is a freshman at Syracuse University in New York.”
THE DISCOVERY Channel’s Paul Brown, host of the popular “Auction Kings” show, is now in town for a network event and to check out our fabulous city and see The Bean. “Hands down, Chicago is home to our country’s best architecture,” says Brown.
STELLAR REMINDER: Actress Angela Bassett will speak Friday at Saint Sabina Church and will be a special guest at a Obama Victory Fund luncheon hosted by Susan McKeever, Evonne & Stuart Taylor and Dr. Cheryl Whitaker. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Obama for America’s Katherine Archuleta are also appearing.
JUST IN: Author/motivational speaker and an Oprah favorite, Iyanla Vanzant, author of Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through, signs her book March 30 at Saint Sabina.
AROUND TOWN: WFLD-Channel 32’s Robin Robinson speaking at the Philip D. Armour School for “Career Day” Friday. . . . WGN-Channel 9’s Micah Materre, the Museum of Broadcast Communications’ Bruce DuMont and the Sun-Times’ Tom McNamee are participating in a “Post-Republican Primary Analysis” breakfast forum at the Union League Club Thursday . . . Channel 7’s Leah Hope in Brussels covering the Chicago NATO Host Committee, and the station’s Stacey Baca and Chuck Goudie separately are covering Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Mexico and Cuba.
A DALEY SIGHTING: Retired Mayor Richard Daley enjoyed a leisurely evening touring the new Mariano’s Fresh Market on Benton Place near Millennium Park with the affable owner Bob Mariano. Daley toured the amazing grocery store duplex where shoppers warmly greeted him and “some even applauded.”
ABOUT TOWN: Cook County Board prez Toni Preckwinkle and husband, Zeus, celebrated her birthday at Thirteen Pins Tapas where he gave an impromptu performance on the flute for his bride . . . Jerry Springer, Scottie Pippen and Charles Oakley dined separately at Tavern on Rush. . . . The Lions’ Matt Stafford ate at Gibsons.
BOXING GREAT Mike Tyson is on “The Rosie Show” with Rosie O’Donnell Thursday. While in town he attended O’Donnell’s birthday bash Monday at the Paris Club. Tyson, whose one-man show in Vegas opens April 13, dined at the Rosebud on Rush with his lovely wife, Lakiha (Kiki) and longtime friend, Chicago’s Calvin Hollins, godfather to his daughter, Milan Tyson.
BIRTHDAYS: Pasquale Gianni and Roxanne Brown Jahi. On Friday: Chaka Khan . On Saturday: Attorney Robert “Bob” Clifford and Dulcie Gilmore. On Sunday: Elton John . On Monday: Diana Ross and La Rue (UPS) Martin .
Well, that’s Stella in the City!