Featured, Get The List, Lifestyle

Go Green for Spring: 5 Green Home Gems in Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and if the Chicago River is going green, so can your home. These 5 green home gems in Chicago will save your wallet, the environment, plus your physical and mental health. If the bamboo flooring, recycled furniture, and plethora of natural lighting won’t sweep you off your feet, we’re not sure what will. Perhaps a Maxi-Lok push broom? Well it just might come in handy once you’ve checked out our list below for these Eco-friendly buys.

4732 N Keystone Ave ~ $560,000

This green gem comes with the best sustainability features sure to lower utility and water bills. The high efficiency thermal system, bamboo floors with radiant floor heat, tankless hot water heater, energy efficient windows, energy star appliances and high efficiency washer and dryer can reduce monthly utility bills. The tankless water heaters would mean less time and water being wasted while you wait for it to warm up. The home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.

189 E Lake Shore Dr STE 1W ~ $12,500 /mo

Nestled in the East Lake Shore Drive building with lake and tree views, this 3 bedroom, 4.5 bath, two-level maisonette features extensive bamboo flooring, which is a material made from natural vegetation. The bamboo plant is a renewable resource that finishes maturity at a much faster pace than hardwood trees. The oversize window, the master suite with skylights, and the luxury bath with an attached solarium makes this green gem a great buy.

2029 W George St ~ $1,395,000

A large home of 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, featuring walk through & walk in cedar closets, a staircase wrapped in birch-custom wood floors, and one of its most outstanding features, a 30 foot southern facing window. This allows natural light to brighten each corner of this large home. There are plenty of sustainability features that reduce energy costs all for a whopping $1.395 million.

2326 W Giddings St #406 ~ $550,000

This top floor 3 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse also features easy to clean bamboo floor, unlike those traditional carpets, and plenty of earthy views as it sits in the heart of Lincoln Square. It is housed in a green building that guarantees energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The greenest homes are built to last.

802 N Mozart St ~ $650,000

A stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths single family home described as “unusually energy efficient .” It is certified Energy Star 3.0 rated with extra thick walls, and subsequently, healthier indoor air quality—and a tankless water heater & high efficiency furnace, helping to reduce the causes of climate change. The home includes a two car garage with a full roof deck and small yard for entertainment.


Lifestyle, Neighborhood Guide

How to Spend a Day on Broadway

Lakeview is a beloved north side neighborhood that’s home to a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and longtime institutions. The neighborhood itself is one of Chicago’s more sprawling and culturally diverse, so here we’ll focus on Lakeview East — and more specifically: Broadway Street. Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a visitor, there are plenty of options on its main street (Broadway) to get a local taste of Lakeview, from day to night. Here we’ve outlined a dozen of our favorite spots along Broadway, from Diversey to Addison.


Bookmark these 12 destinations along Broadway…


Maison Marcel

Start your day at Maison Marcel, where you can find French pastries, coffee, and boho-inspired decor.  (Maison Marcel, 3114 N. Broadway)

Lakeview Athletic Club

Work up a sweat at Lakeview Athletic Club (LVAC), equipped with studio classes and a rooftop pool for summer months.  (Lakeview Athletic Club, 3212 N. Broadway)

Ingmar James

Stop by Ingmar James salon for a little pampering, from a fresh cut to master coloring.  (Ingmar James, 3255 N. Broadway)

Mortar and Pestle

Enjoy a top-rated brunch at Mortar and Pestle, where you can find a quality menu of breakfast and lunch fare.  (Mortar and Pestle, 3108 N. Broadway)

Unabridged Bookstore

Pop in Unabridged Bookstore for a literary experience, offering a range of books for all ages and interests.  (Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway)

The Coffee & Tea Exchange

Visit The Coffee & Tea Exchange to discover a variety of specialty coffee and teas, a neighborhood staple since 1975.  (The Coffee & Tea Exchange, 3311 N. Broadway)

Vanille Patisserie

Indulge your sweet tooth at Vanille Patisserie, where you’ll find dessert pastries, tartes, cakes, macarons, and more.  (Vanille, 3243 N. Broadway)

Reckless Records

Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless Records has been a destination for music aficionados across genres.  (Reckless Records, 3126 N. Broadway)


wineHouse offers an inviting setting for wine tastings, special events, joining a wine club, and picking up a bottle for your favorite BYOB spot.  (wineHouse, 3164 N. Broadway)


Dine at Wakamono, a Lakeview favorite for sushi and Japanese fare — plus it’s BYOB.  (Wakamono, 3313 N. Broadway)

Laugh Factory

Hit up a show at Laugh Factory, one of the best and most popular comedy clubs in Chicago.  (Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway)


Enjoy a night cap at DryHop, a hip local Lakeview brewery and restaurant.  (DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway)


Have you visited Lakeview lately? Tell us your favorite spots along Broadway!




Feature image: Jess Keys by Jules Kennedy


Lifestyle, Shops

How to Spend a Day on Oak Street

Los Angeles has Rodeo Drive, New York has 5th Avenue… and Chicago has Oak Street.

As our city’s premier luxury shopping district, Oak Street is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood and home to numerous luxury fashion brands and establishments. While the actual street is a relatively short, “Oak Street” also designates the surrounding area including Rush Street and Walton Street. Here you’ll find such spots as Agent Provocateur, Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Harry Winston, Hermès, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Versace and more.


Here are 10+ things to do along Oak Street…


Petit Margeaux

Begin your morning at Petit Margeaux, a newly-opened French cafe at the lobby level of Waldorf Astoria. Indulge in a pastry or croissant, with coffee, of course. (Petit Margeaux, 11 E. Walton Place)


Get your fitness on at Athleta. Check out events and classes at the Oak Street location, as well as a well-stocked collection of activewear and athleisure for sale. (Athleta, 101 E. Oak Street)

Blow by Blow

Refresh at Blow by Blow, a hip salon destination along Oak Street. Pamper your tresses with a blowout or even a color touch-up. (Blow by Blow, 67 E. Oak Street)


Head to Barneys, where the department store flagship in Chicago is located at 15 E. Oak. Shop a variety of designer goods, from men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, beauty and home. (Barneys, 15 E. Oak Street)

Cafe Spiaggia

Stop for lunch at Cafe Spiaggia, a local favorite offering Italian fare by a master chef team. The marble-clad interior is stylish and sophisticated, just as you’d expect from the Gold Coast district. (Cafe Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue)

Oak Street Beach

Catch a breath of fresh air and stroll along Oak Street Beach, one of Chicago’s best beaches. It’s an iconic gathering spot, framed by Lake Michigan and the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. (Oak Street Beach)

Fig & Olive

Visit Fig & Olive for happy hour, where you’ll find specialty cocktails, shared plates, crostinis and wine specials from 4-7:00p weekdays. Take a seat at the bar, lounge or reserve a table on the outdoor terrace. (Fig & Olive, 104 E. Oak Street)

Razny Jewelers

Step inside Razny Jewelers to browse a collection of luxury jewelry and watches. Ladies, try on diamonds, and gentlemen: there’s Rolex for you. (Razny Jewelers, 109 E. Oak Street)

Del Frisco’s

Dine at Del Frisco’s, one of Chicago’s best steakhouses. Beyond steak, Del Frisco’s offers seafood and traditional fare — occupying three floors of the historic Esquire Theater on Oak Street. (Del Frisco’s, 58 E. Oak Street)

Waldorf Astoria

Rest at Waldorf Astoria, located steps from the heart of Oak Street. The luxury hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites, a signature spa, and fine dining. (Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton Place)


How would you spend a day on Oak Street?




Featured cover photo: Jennifer Ibe from Cranberry Tantrums | @cranberrytantrums