Stephanie Izard, the Chicago chef and TV personality, sold her home in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood on the Near West Side.
Izard, the chef behind the West Loop phenomenon Girl & The Goat and its spinoffs in Chicago and Los Angeles, sold the four-bedroom house on Lexington Street for $1.28 million.
Earlier this year, Izard opened a Girl and the Goat in Los Angeles, and later this year she’ll open a second restaurant in that city, Cabra, inspired by Peruvian cuisine. In an email to Crain’s she said this prompted her sale in Chicago.
“With opening multiple restaurants in L.A. this year, it made sense to spend more time out west and therefore sell the house,” Izard wrote. “However, I’m still in Chicago all the time, of course!”
The house, in the neighborhood between the University of Illinois Chicago campus and the Illinois Medical District, came on the market in September, priced at $1.35 million.
A little over two weeks later, the home went under contract to a buyer, and the sale closed Nov. 19. At $1.28 million, the sale price is about 6.6% above the $1.2 million that Izard paid for the home in March 2014.
Built in 2000, the house has a brick and limestone interior that complements historical homes in the neighborhood.
The chef, who won Bravo’s Top Chef in 2008 and has appeared on that and other cooking-contest shows in the years since, redecorated the home’s interior in colorful and unusual ways. Among them are outfitting the primary bedroom suite in a vivid blue with wood accents on the walls and ceiling that give the impression of a remote ocean island getaway, and a woven wood wall covering for the family room made of barrel staves from the Goose Island brewery.
Izard also upgraded the backyard cookout area to include gas and refrigeration, according to the listing.
“I loved the house and the beautiful bedroom we put in and the outdoor kitchen area we built out,” Izard said in the email to Crain’s. “Plus, it’s such a great neighborhood.”
Jennifer Johnson, one of two Compass agents who represented the house, said she believes the reason the house sold quickly was “much of the interior had been remodeled, and there’s very little inventory for sale now.”
Another Compass agent, Chris Bauer, represented the buyers. He did not respond to a request for comment. His clients are not yet identified in public records.