Homes

Most Beautiful Row Houses in Chicago

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the streets of the Gold Coast—anywhere between North Avenue’s and Oak Street’s beaches—you may have noticed those vintage, brownstone clad row houses, glossed in 19th Century allure. It was the crowded sections of 17th Century Europe that led to the development of these stylistic homes, and by the 19th century, Europeans settling the Colonies took to cloning the look.

In the East Coast, as towns grew into cities, the row house was thought to be an effective use of space for both high-end and low-end housing. Today, buyers are lured towards row homes not only for the lower price tag than that of single-family houses, but also the low maintenance requirements, lack of yard work, and walk-to-everything, more urban lifestyle appeal. The East might have started it,  but Chicago comes with its very own assortment of historic row houses, sprawled across the city, trickling all the way down to the latest developments on the Near North Side. Here are a few beauties to watch for:

 

The Burling Row House District, 1875 (Photo courtesy of Lindsey Howald Patton via driehausmuseum.org)

Located between 2225-2245 N. Burling Street, this row house built post-Chicago fire is made up of 10 undifferentiated, brick Italianates in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

 

440 W. Belden, Ann Halsted House (Photo via chicagosteppes.mrdankelly.com)

Located between 1826-34 N. Lincoln Park West, these row houses for Ann Halsted are one of the last creations of the Adler & Sullivan buildings, an architectural firm known for designing the Auditorium Building in Chicago.

 

Row House on Belden Ave

The McCormick Row House district and landmark is made up of three short blocks strung together by gated street and parkway. It can be found in the belly of DePaul’s campus. Asking prices go around $2 million. The Queen Anne brick row house can be found on the 800 blocks of West Belden and Chalmers streets. Also: living here comes with the perks of having a rare stand of massive Dutch Elm trees.

 

Vintage Row House in East Lakeview (Photo courtesy of Eric Rojas via ericrojasblog.com)

This Row House can be found on the 600 block of West Oakdale. The Plus side of moving here is that there is no monthly assessment. When available, prices could range anywhere from $500,000 to $1 Million.

Row House in heart of Little Italy (Photo via zillow.com)

Located 1003-09 S Racine Ave, this row house was built in 1875. It is steps away from UIC and Taylor Street shopping, restaurants, the blue lines, as well as CTA buses. The building is also divided into apartments.

Uptown Row House, living room and kitchen

From its rich, oak floors to its Chef’s kitchen, this Uptown Row House located at 4646 N. Kenmore Ave is a single family home, built in 1897. It is surrounded by a myriad of schools and playgrounds.

 

Tree-lined street outside Burton Place Row House

Tree-lined street outside Burton Place Row House

Located 55-67 W Burton Pl, this marvelous, greystone, multifamily row house sits along a tree-lined street of narrow sidewalks, offering a European-esque feel. What’s even better is that only walking distance from the building you’ll find a Jewel, Plum Market, Potash, popular brunch spots, local drugs stores, hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants, Zanies Comedy Club, The Second City, a gym, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Red Line, and North Avenue Beach, just to name a few.

 

Roscoe Village Row House (Photo courtesy of Eric Rojas via ericrojasblog.com)

At the 1900 block of W. Newport Avenue lies this architectural treasure. In the summertime, with trees bloomed and green pastures to see, this street really comes alive.

 

Gold Coast Row House in the Summer (Via chicagoneighobrhoodwalks.com)

 

A Gold Coast row houses in the Fall (Photo via chicagoneighborhoodwalks.com)

Here is one example of the many row houses in the historic Gold Coast District of Chicago. The property shown is located at

 

New Row Homes in Cabrini-Greens old stomping grounds (Photos via chicagoarchitecture.org)

 

 

While you may suspect River North to keep rising with taller and glassier buildings, the new Basecamp development gives a refreshing take on city living. With the backdrop of the Chicago skyline, and a micro-yard at your dispense, the interior hosts open floor plans with floor to ceiling windows. Maybe not all shorter buildings will be discriminated against in the future of Chicago’s architectural development.

 

 

 

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Affordable Chicago

Gas for under $2.50 in Chicago? Yes, way!

Whether you’re new to the city or a longtime resident who’s managed to step outside of Chicago, you’ve probably noticed that gas prices are a lot higher here than…well, just about everywhere else. For those of you on the lookout for the lowest prices to keep your four wheels rolling, here’s a guide to a few of the cheapest gas stations in the Chicagoland area. Note: prices are reflective of regular gas.

 

Line of cars at the pump (Photo courtesy of Damian Dovarganes via csmonitor.com)

Costco $2.22

Hours are 6AM – 8PM

7300 S Cicero Ave & 73rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

 

Citgo Logo (Photo Courtesy of Mike Mozart via Flickr)

Citgo – Minuteman $2.29

Hours are 4AM – 3AM

4901 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60638

 

Costco gas pump (Photo via Yelp)

Costco $2.29

Monday thru Friday 5:30AM – 9:30PM, Saturday 6AM – 8PM, Sunday 7AM – 7PM

2746 N Clyborn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

 

BP (Photo Courtesy of Ben Stansall via reference.com)

BP $2.44

Open 24 Hours

4701 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60638

 

Mobil sign (Photo via politico.com)

Mobil $2.45

Hours are 6AM – 11PM

3200 N Harlem Ave at Belmont, Chicago, IL 60623

 

At the Pump (Photo via speedway.com)

Speedway (#8320) $2.49

Open 24 Hours

3554 W North Ave at Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

 

 

 

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Places

Top 10 Chicago Indie Bookstores – Get your Book Fix Here

For book readers of the world, nothing is more enticing than a great read, a cheap buy, and while you’re at it, an open mic and a cheese table. In the growing age of Amazon and reality TV, you’d be surprise there are still book shops clutching onto their pearls. In no particular order, here are the top ten Indie bookstores  in the city, according to no better bookworms than Chicagoan’s themselves. 

Inside Powell's Books (Photo via AbeBooks on Flickr)

Inside Powell’s Books (Photo via AbeBooks on Flickr)

1. POWELL’S BOOKS

Where the staff is hands-off, and rare graphic novels and Vintage Pogo titles dwell, Powell’s bookstore in Hyde Park is packed with outrageous deals on new and used books. Make note, however, the shop prides itself on being a bookstore and not reading room.

Powell’s Books is located at 1501 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60657

Photo courtesy of Bookstores of Chicago Tumblr

Bookman’s Corner (Photo courtesy of Bookstores of Chicago Tumblr)

2. BOOKMAN’S CORNER

With books literally piled floor to ceiling, Bookman’s Corner is a chaotic jungle of bookworm paradise. With thin, junky aisles, this is either a claustrophobic book lover’s nightmare or a maze-running book lover’s dream. Bookman’s Corner is cash-only, however, the owner is willing to walk card holders across the street to the local drugstore, and let you buy him chocolate candy–Snickers particularly–to pay off the cost of your item. Fair trade, nonetheless.

Bookman’s Corner is located at 2959 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Inside the colorful Open Books (Photo by Open Books)

Inside the colorful Open Books (Photo by Open Books)

3. OPEN BOOKS

If you still carry the kindred spirit of a child fascinated by big, bright colors, Open Books gets it for you. And, if you like walking out of a bookstore with six books for under thirty bucks, this is your place. There are a few locations across the city, but this one in particular can be found downtown.

Open Books is located at  651 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

Sign outsided Uncharted Books (Photo courtesy of Katie Samuels via Pinterest)

Sign outside Uncharted Books (Photo courtesy of Katie Samuels via Pinterest)

4. UNCHARTED BOOKS

Uncharted Books is one of those shop that encourages you to kick off your shoes and hop in a seat. From an array of used books in classic literature to non-fiction, you’ll also meet the beautiful store dog named Ramona. With events like “Waiting for the Bus Open Mic,” “Board Game Night,” and “Loose Chicks Live Lit,” who wouldn’t want to explore this newer gem?

Uncharted Books is located at 2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Afterwords (Photo via forreadingaddicts.co.uk)

Afterwords (Photo via forreadingaddicts.co.uk)

5. AFTERWORDS NEW AND USED BOOKS

With music ringing in the background, and new books for three dollars, at Afterwords, you’ll find new and used titles jumbled together, yet carefully arranged in each section. The top floor is full of children’s books, while the bottom bunk thrives with everything else–like signed copies of books by the authors themselves.

Afterwords New and Used Books is located at 23 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

Armadillo's storefront (Photo via UrbanMatter)

Armadillo’s storefront (Photo via UrbanMatter)

6. ARMADILLO’S PILLOW

From Sci-fi to religion and everything in between, it’s likely they’ve got what you need. The great gift of Armadillo’s is that it is all about locality. They sponsor and support local artist and carry assorted handmade jewelry; think of doo-dad’s and whatnot’s. Sip yourself some locally roasted coffee at that. 

Armadillo’s Pillow is located at 6753 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626

Comic section at Quimby’s (Photo courtesy of Elly Blue via microcosmpublishing.com)

7. QUIMBY

Quimby’s is your curator of curators. It one-ups Amazon and Netflix.  Plus, it’s Comics territory and books you won’t find at any other indie bookstore in town. Oh, and there’s a photobooth inside with props outside of the photobooth to let you unleash your wildest poses.

Quimby’s is located at 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Corner of WCF (Photo by Adeshina Emmanuel via DNAinfo.com)

8. WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST

Calling all citizens–who would think that a woman-based house of books that equally explores other important minority communities like Black Lives Matter, existed? Well, one does. And, if you want super-defining and moving books, shop here. Out-of-stock literature is not a problem, as they’ll easily reorder it for you.

Women and Children First is located at 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Outside Myopic Books (Photo via atlasobscura.com)

Outside Myopic Books (Photo via atlasobscura.com)

9. MYOPIC BOOKS

If you dream stories, or love to dream, Myopic Books is likely the shop for you. You may not find New York Time’s best sellers, but you’ll discover those books you never knew you dreamed of discovering. From the outside, the shop looks pretty small. But, the inside opens up to a labyrinth filled with spires of books. With a strict cell phone policy, you are encouraged to engage with the world of literature and people around you. 

Myopic Books is located at 1564 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The Book Cellar deli (Photo by the realchicago.com)

The Book Cellar deli (Photo by the realchicago.com)

10. THE BOOK CELLAR

The Book Cellar is the perfect combination of indie bookstore/coffee shop, because books and coffee spills go hand-in-hand, right? With the most recent of book releases to the most classic of them all, this shop will feel like an online library. The alcove is a superb reading spot, during the wintry months.

The Book Cellar is located at 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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