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Timber & Taxidermy; Curbed U Is Back In Session; More

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And now the latest from Curbed Chicago, covering everything you need to know about the city's neighborhoods and real estate...

ORLAND PARK— An absurdist romp through a Twin Peaks-esque wonderland is a click away. This 20,000-square-foot mansion sits just west of the city but channels Pacific Northwestern timber lodge excess like no other we've seen in the region. Taxidemied bears and bucks crowd the 36-foot-high timbered great room— human nature gone awry.

EVERYWHERE— Congrats for entering your sophomore year at Curbed University, our non-boring guide to real estate basics. Beginning this week and extending into April, we'll be updating Curbed U entries and adding cool stuff like "open thread" Q&A discussions with industry experts. Keep those grades up!

THE LOOP— The vintage 22-story office tower at 100 W Monroe is poised to become yet another Hyatt-brand hotel, of some 250 rooms. The new owner is moving to evict the nearly-full building of its 60+ small business tenants with conversion work to start as soon as June. Class C office space just doesn't pay as well as a top-flight hotel.

RIVERWOODS— Former Bulls guard Jannero Pargo and "Basketball Wife" Malaysia recently listed their North Shore mansion for $2.39M. The 12,000-square-foot "quasi-French chateau" was, of course, heartily ridiculed by Curbed's readership. We'd have it no other way.