Evanston Billionaire James Pritzker Now Goes By Jennifer

The Evanston billionaire, who recently bid $1.2 million for the city's Harley-Clarke Mansion, will now be identified as a woman.

Jennifer Pritzker, left, with Major Gen. John Campbell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Pritzker Military Library in June 2011. Photo by U.S. Army Public Affairs, Midwest via Flickr
Jennifer Pritzker, left, with Major Gen. John Campbell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Pritzker Military Library in June 2011. Photo by U.S. Army Public Affairs, Midwest via Flickr
Evanston billionaire and Hyatt Hotel heir James Pritzker is changing his name to Jennifer Natalya Pritzker and now identifies as a woman, according to a statement released to Patch by a Pritzker spokesperson.

"As of August 16, 2013, J.N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker," the statement said. "This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings."

She made the announcement in a memo to employees at the Pritzker Military Library and Tawani Enterprises, as originally reported by Crain's.

Pritzker recently offered $1.2 million for the lakefront Harley Clarke Mansion at 2603 Sheridan Rd. in Evanston, after the city put out a request for proposals on the property. But city council members voted 6-3 in July to reject the bid, in the face of widespread opposition to the prospect of selling public property.

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Under her proposal for the Harley-Clarke Mansion, Pritzker’s company, Tawani Enterprises, planned to spend $22 million to restore and renovate the lakefront mansion and transform it into a boutique hotel.

Pritzker did win council approval for two bed and breakfasts further south on the lakefront, at 1622 Forest Place and 300 Church Street.

She also recently donated more than $13,000 to first ward aldermanic candidate Edward Tivador, who lost to incumbent Judy Fiske in November, according to campaign contributions reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Pritzker made one donation of $4,000 on Aug. 9, 2013, and another contribution of $9,489.45 the same day through Bropri LLC. According to the Illinois State Secretary’s website, Pritzker is listed as the manager of that LLC.

Tivador has been vocal in his support of Pritzker’s bed and breakfasts, while Fiske opposed both the bed and breakfasts and the sale of the Harley-Clarke Mansion to Pritzker.
Ken Hill September 02, 2013 at 11:00 AM
The military leaker Manning changed his name also. What does the military do to these guys that they want to become women.
Renee September 04, 2013 at 09:02 AM
If beautiful historic buildings can be kept up and used, full of life, I would strongly prefer that to any option. If choosing between owners who would keep it maintained, I prefer a private live-in resident over a bed and breakfast; however, a bed and breakfast is a great option if the former isn't available. I cannot picture this specific site, but high rise condo buildings block the lake views from all but those living there. They also typically add tall fences that block even more lake views. Please put aside for a minute personal objections to this person's gender identity and persuasion tactics to look only at how the bed and breakfast would compare to other end results.
Jordan S. Zoot September 04, 2013 at 09:32 AM
How about a transgender destination resort....it would give Evanston a new distinction :P
Jordan S. Zoot September 05, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Local Resident...I figured you would patronize the place....


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