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By J.P. Anderson and Stephen Ostrowski | June 15, 2018 | Lifestyle
Welcome to Billion-Dollar Chicago, where over-the-top isn’t nearly enough. From VVVIP experiences to must-have toys and the poshest pads, this is how the 0.000001 percent live in the Windy City.
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Wheel love: The eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is the premier automaker’s most expensive car ever and the line’s first new model in 15 years. Along with its signature “magic carpet ride” comfort, the vehicle boasts techy touches like infrared vision and a satellite-aided transmission. Order one from Rolls-Royce Gold Coast (from $450,000, 834 N. Rush St., 312.262.6400), or take a chauffeured cruise through the city as part of the Peninsula Chicago’s Peninsula Academy deluxe tour program (from $6,100).
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Come fly with me: With custom-designed cabins, four luxury living spaces and next-gen technology, the $72.8 million Bombardier Global 7000 is the must-have new toy for the megarich. Park it at Hawthorne Chicago Executive Airport, where ramp-side pickup, storage and full-service concierge services start at $1,300 per night.
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On your high horse: Arranmore Farm + Polo Club offers the ultimate dream weekend for two fans: helicopter transit to the farm, private tours and lessons with pros, private concert, candlelit centerfield dinner, prime fieldside seats for a pro game, luxe Airstream accommodations and much more, all for $150,000. 34 Rance Road, Oswego, 630.884.8271
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O captain, my captain: Membership has its privileges with Barton & Gray Mariners Club, a seafaring society that provides fully staffed Hinckley Yachts for jaunts out of Burnham Harbor. Pony up a $12K initiation fee plus $95K per year for one of two Fleet Admiral cards, an all-access pass to 20 U.S. harbors with the ability to reserve 20 days at a time.
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Decadent decompressing: Double your indulgence with not one but two of the city’s most decadent spa treatments: The Red Wine Experience at AIRE Ancient Baths Chicago offers an hourlong massage, access to the spa’s hot and cold baths, and a luxuriant 30-minute red wine soak in a 17thcentury Venetian well ($400-$450, 800 W. Superior St., 312.945.7414
And where to begin with the $60,000 Haute Expérience from MAE Plastic Surgery and Transcend MedSpa? Limo service, literally, which whisks you to a 30-minute Champagne soak of Krug and Epsom salts, 90-minute massage, full-body Prairie Skin Caviar scrub treatment, 24K gold facial with scalp massage, and Botox or Dysport injections, all over Dom Pérignon and chocolate-covered strawberries. You’ll leave with Nailtini- or Deborah Lippmann-finished nails, medical-grade skincare products and the monogrammed Matouk bathrobe and Valentino slippers you slipped on for the tony treatment (two weeks’ notice required, 1535 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook, 847.205.1680
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Fitness fantasy: Who says you can’t buy a great bod? For $18,000, the 12 Week Elite Training Package from StudiosFUSE owner Andrea Metcalf gets you 36 sessions with the trainer to the stars, 26 cryotherapy and infrared sauna sessions at CryoBar, and 72 days’ worth of breakfast, juices and dinner from private chef Markus Ford and JuicesRx. Take that, fat.
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The hautest haircut: Master stylist Mario Tricoci hasn’t done hair in years, but he’s readying his scissors now that he’s back in full ownership of his beauty biz. Get a cut from the legend— plus a Dermasound facial, mani-pedi, massage and more luxe services—as part of the salon’s $1,500 Decadent Day of Beauty package, with Tricoci’s $500 fee going to charity. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brace yourself: Though famous for its casual approach to luxury, David Yurman is packing serious punch with its high jewelry pieces—like this brilliant Stax cuff with 9.13 carats of Colombian emeralds surrounded by 11.7 carats of diamonds in white gold. $295,000, 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312.787.7779
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The bag to end all bags: Talk about limited editions: Christopher R. King’s new luxury label, CCCXXXIII, will produce just 333 pieces in each three-tiered collection— and only three of its Imperium attaché, created from two Australian porosus crocodile skins and accented with solid-gold coin closures and compartments lined in shaved mink. $175,000
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Show-stopping timepieces: Richard Mille can’t turn back time, but the famed watchmaker is certainly turning heads with its RM 07-01 ladies automatic timepiece, touting a jasper and diamond dial and 18K white gold case on a pavé-set, brilliant-cut white diamond open-link bracelet. $314,500, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, 112 E. Oak St., 312.944.3100
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Feeling flawless: When only the rarest of rare jewels will do, slip on this once-in-a-lifetime piece from Graff Diamonds, a 16.88-carat internally flawless fancy intense-pink emerald-cut diamond ring accented with stunning heart-shape diamond shoulders. Price upon request, 103 E. Oak St., 312.604.1000
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The billionaire's bar cart: Six ultra-premium sips for the most discriminating of palates. Clockwise from left: Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, $4,300, chivas.com; Richard Hennessy, $4,200, hennessy.com; Casa Noble Selección del Fundador Volume ll, $1,499, casanoble.com; The Macallan M Decanter - 1824 Masters Series, $5,000, themacallan.com; Yamazaki 18, $250, whisky.suntory.com; Papá Andrés Alegria Edition 2015, $1,500, brugal-rum.com; Beverly bar cart, $1,940, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com
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Cash cows: Settle for prime beef? Don’t be silly. At RPM Steak, chef Doug Psaltis plates a swank selection of super-rare Japanese varieties, including Hokkaido snow beef (3 ounces $150), Hyogo Prefecture-sourced Kobe beef (3 ounces $165) and specials of decadent Ohmi wagyu (3 ounces $130) and Mr. Ideue (3 ounces $140). 66 W. Kinzie St., 312.284.4990
California dreamin': How’s this for godly grapes? From Scarecrow to Screaming Eagle, uncork California’s top five cult wines at Chicago Cut with the $11,400 off-menu Cult Experience. The much-vaunted vintages are served in Riedel glassware and decanted for two hours ahead of seating. 300 N. LaSalle Drive, 312.329.1800
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Haute chocolate: Taste the sweet life with To’ak's Vintage 2014 Cognac Cask Matured 4 Years bar, produced with ultrarare Nacional cacao and aged for four years in a 50-year-old French oak cognac cask. The one-of-100 bar and the handcrafted Spanish elm wood box in which it’s presented are yours—for $385.
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Nest eggs: Caviar dreams become a reality at Tony Mantuano’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia, where the $245 caviale the burrata dish pairs locally procured burrata, chive olive oil and crispy crackers with an ounce of irresistibly indulgent golden osetra caviar. 980 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 312.280.2750
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Cool runnings: Touch up your tea time with a $1,850 Kyoto drip tower, exclusive to fine ingredient sourcer Rare Tea Cellar, which delivers a seriously delicious cold brew while showcasing the hypnotic drop-by-drop percolation process in stunning, handblown glass. Steeping never looked sexier.
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Life at the top: At 760 feet above the ground and boasting 7,147 square feet of customizable raw space and 360-degree views, Penthouse 66 at the Robert A.M. Stern-designed, luxury amenity-packed One Bennett Park just might be the most coveted penthouse in the city. Price upon request, 451 E. Grand Ave., 312.832.2300
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Hear me roar: Get in touch with your primal side with this gleaming, solid silver Christofle panther sculpture ($260,000), one of just 12 created in a recent collaboration between the house and artist Richard Orlinski for the brand’s High Silversmithing collection. 40 E. Oak St., 312.619.3700
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Anything is possible: When it comes to money-is-no-object events, nobody throws a luxury bash like Kehoe Designs. From rock star sets in the company’s 25,000-square-foot venue, The Geraghty, to over-the-top beach parties on the North Shore, if you can dream it, Tom Kehoe and his team can make it happen. Price upon request, 2555 S. Leavitt St., 312.421.0030
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To the manor born: Who says you need to move to the North Shore to live in palatial style? For a cool $50 million, you can settle into the Burling Street Estate, a sun-filled, six bedroom, 25,000-square-foot Lincoln Park manse featuring lush grounds with multiple fountains and a reflecting pool. Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, 312.751.0300
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The dark arts: Collectors’ favorite Lalique goes deliciously goth with its mesmerizing new Eternal series, a collaboration with provocative British artist Damien Hirst. The pièce de résistance? “Eternal Sleep,” a skull sculpture in stunning black crystal ($32,500). On display June 4-July 21 at Lalique, 47 E. Oak St., 312.867.1787
Most epic home accent: Nothing says big money like a set of six monumental, capital-topped limestone columns from the original 1927 Alfred Alschuler-designed Chicago Mercantile Exchange building, a $65,000 find at North Side treasure trove Architectural Artifacts. 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773.348.0622
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A Buddha with bling: Find your Zen in the most dazzling way possible at West Loop institution Primitive, which offers this stunning gilded and painted, semiprecious-stone-adorned copper Buddha head from Nepal ($59,950). Feeling reflective? For $5,900, rent out the space’s uber-soothing Buddha Room and meditate away. 130 N. Jefferson St., 312.575.9600