Splurges and regrets

Chicago notables share the big purchases they’ve loved and hated.

Art Smith

Art Smith

Art Smith, chef/co-owner, Table Fifty-Two

“A gift for my then new boyfriend (now husband), Jesus Salgueiro. I bought Jesus a 30,000-square-foot ancient, crumbling, historic 1903 [Chicago] church at an auction for $500,000. He wanted a painting studio. All I could see was [a headline like] ‘Crazy Oprah chef has a boyfriend named Jesus who paints angels and now has a church’ in the press.”

“A $100,000 Range Rover.
I am too rough and too messy for a fancy luxury car. I got rid of it at a loss and bought a VW Jetta that can take a beating.”

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