Chicago People, Décor

Before & After: Chic Gold Coast Apartment Remodel

Step inside the chic apartment of local Chicagoan, Danielle Moss.

At first glance, you may imagine yourself in a contemporary Parisian pied-à-terre… but in reality: you’re in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Along with her husband, Moss transformed the previously colorful Tuscan-style one bedroom apartment into a black-and-white clad Neoclassical haven.

Within a building that was built in 1912 (by architect Benjamin Marshall, who also designed the Drake Hotel), the apartment retained original moldings and several architectural features. As co-founder of The Everygirl, Moss is no stranger to design projects and renovations, as chronicled on her blog. She also shared with My Domaine and Architectural Digest detailed inspiration and sources for her Chicago home.

 

See inside this stylish one-bedroom Gold Coast apartment…

 

 

Now take a look at the ‘before and after’ transformation…

 

 

Kitchen

 

Bathroom

 

Living Room

See the full home tour!

 

Photography: Stoffer Photography Interiors        Design by: Danielle Moss, Conor Scanlon

 

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Celebrity Homes, Cool Property

Original Chicago Playboy Mansion Asks $12.5M

Feast your eyes on this magnificent home, located at 1336 N. State Parkway.

Elegant and historic, this 9000 square foot Georgian home is a treasure of the Gold Coast and currently for sale. Originally built in 1897, the home was later purchased by Hugh Hefner in 1959 and became known as the “Playboy Mansion,” until the property was acquired by the School of the Art Institute in 1974 and bisected into residential units, college dormitories, and eventually luxury condos.

Now on the market, the 5-bedroom home at 1336 N. State has been lovingly renovated with the finest of materials and reimagined for the sophisticated buyer, who enjoys both beauty and functionality. “Experience the ease, grace, and grandeur of this spectacular home, saturated with light,” says the listing agent, Katherine Malkin. Scroll below for current-day photos, as well as a video tour from Hugh Hefner himself.

 

See this traditional Gold Coast beauty with a Playboy past…

 

For more information on 1336 N. State Pkwy, contact Katherine Malkin (312-981-2308)

 

 

 

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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)

Athleta

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)

Barneys

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

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