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The 5 Most Up And Coming Neighborhoods In Chicago

When you think of Chicago neighborhoods what do you think of? River North, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town. You know – the well known neighborhoods.

With Chicago having so much to offer, there are plenty more neighborhoods that are up and coming. These neighborhoods feature their own taste such as different bars, restaurants and diversity. Needless to say, it’s all beautiful.

With a lot of renovation happening in Chicago, can you guess which neighborhoods are up and coming? If you’re looking to rent, renting in neighborhoods such as these will give you a breath of fresh air.

Below are the 5 most up and coming neighborhoods in Chicago:

  • Avondale: This precious neighborhood is just north of Logan Square. Avondale features some of the city’s most delicious restaurants such as Kuma’s Corner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and more. Elston Stree runs through Bucktown, Lincoln Park and River West. Apartments is Avondale are mostly low-rise, and multi-unit.
  • Edgewater: This neighborhood is located near Andersonville, Ravenswood and Uptown. Edgewater is a diverse small town where you will find a lot of stores and little restaurants. Residents are in walking distance of authentic eatery’s and markets. Public transportation is always around. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings with a vintage look.
  • Pilsen: Pilsen is only minutes away from downtown. This Chicago neighborhood is known for attracting artistic crowds. This is where street musicians and entertainers call home. Pilsen is known for its authentic Mexican-cuisine. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
  • Humboldt Park: Near Bucktown, Logan Square and Wicker Park, Humboldt Park offers properties that are slightly lower in price. This neighborhood is known to be entertaining and lively. The restaurants are great and there are plenty of cocktail lounges. These apartments are also low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
  • Hyde Park: The home of President Obama! Who wouldn’t want to explore this Chicago neighborhood? The popularity of this neighborhood is growing fast and consists of young professionals. Hyde Park has a handful of live-music venues and upscale shops. The area appeals to the University of Chicago residents so you know this is where all the cool people live!

Don’t be scared to venture out of the typical Chicago city neighborhoods. You’ll find enjoyment in each and every nook.

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Top 10 Chicago Boutiques You Need To Visit

Chicago has it all. From the food to the activities to the shopping. Wait, did someone say shopping?

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With summer in full bloom, we’re all out and about. What better way to spend a warm day than shopping around the city? We’ve got a list of amazing Chicago independently owned boutiques you need to visit sometime you are in the mood to shop.

Check out the Top 10 Chicago boutiques you need to visit below:

  • Local Goods Chicago: 5354 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60646
    • This shop offers amazing locally made merchandise and items that advertise Chicago. You can find Abbey Brown Soaps, sweets from Cheshire Cat Confectionery, and crafts from Muggy Tuesday.
  • Milk Handmade: 5137 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
    • This Andersonville shop specializes in handmade goods as well as homemade soaps.
  • Alapash: 1944 W Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
    • This Ravenswood boutique sells everything you need for your terrarium and even D.I.Y. kits!
  • Transistor: 3819 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
    • This gallery is stocked with goods from 80s artists. There is even a recording space and its own webcast!
  • Belmont Army: 855 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
    • This 1975 shop has skater gear, trendy fashion clothes and vintage boots! Perfect place to go to when you’re looking for a fun outfit.
  • Heritage General Store: 2959 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
    • A stunning bike store that features handcrafted bikes in Chicago. There is even a coffee shop and retail store.
  • Virtu: 2035 North Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
    • This cute gift shop offers stocks paper goods, jewelry, kitchen wares, and anything else that fits in a a little bag or box.
  • SIlver Moon: 1721 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
    • This shop is owned by a former rock-star so you know it’s a place to be! Silver Moon features vintage bridal good and accessories from straw hats to cuff-links!
  • Penelope’s: 1913 W Division St. Chicago, IL 60622
    • This clothing shop has amazing clothing for both men and women. They even have store pugs! Puppies to play with!
  • Open Books: 213 W Institute Pl. Chicago, IL 60610
    • This nonprofit organization gets books through programs, book donations, and more. Who wouldn’t want to donate books and pick another book while they are at it?

Have you ever been to any of these local Chicago boutiques? What did you buy?

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Live Like A Fashion Designer With These Home Trend Tips

Fashion designers aren’t only creative when it comes to designing clothes. They are amazing when it comes to their home, too!

Huffington Post came up with 5 great ideas that you can steal to live like a fashion designer! Check them out below:

Idea #1: Mismatch Seating

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Think beyond the style of a seating arrangement, as Mizrahi did in his living room, shown above. Even the fabric choices run the gamut. But complimentary colors, on the more neutral end of the spectrum, keep the room cohesive and practically timeless.
Idea #2: Think Beyond Paint
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Paint is one of the easiest ways to change up the look of a room, but fabric-covered panels, as used by designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to cover the walls in Hilfiger’s office, lend a far more dramatic effect.
Idea #3: Art Doesn’t Always Have To Be Hung
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For starters, it’s less work for you; second, a row of framed prints sitting along a picture rail (or, better yet, the floor) give you the feeling that they were just acquired on a fabulous trip abroad (and will be hung once the jet lag subsides).
Idea #4: Don’t Be Afraid Of Oversized Pieces
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…Especially if they’re as colorful and fabulous as this.
Idea #5: Utilize The Fifth Wall
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The bold colors and pattern in Hilfiger’s living room feel like ample decoration, but the reflective ceiling tie the furniture’s chrome accents together in perfect harmony.

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