Tag Archives: andersonville
This Week: Scout kicks it up a notch

This Week: Scout kicks it up a notch

In order to see Scout’s new window displays, I often divert my car needlessly from Ashland Avenue to the much busier Clark Street.  Sometimes I see owner Larry Vodak or interior designer Nicholas Moriarty working on a display or chatting with a customer at the front door, and for some reason, I tend to duck […]

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Open House: Eva’s Place

Open House: Eva’s Place

While it’s not always easy, I really enjoy living the freelance life.  For example, I tend toward introversion, so I appreciate having opportunities to meet and get to know so many interesting people.  Freelance writing also allows me to indulge my semi-nocturnal nature, so I typically start writing late in the evening and hit the […]

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Open House: Nicholas and Luka’s Hyde Park Loft

Open House: Nicholas and Luka’s Hyde Park Loft

The freelancer’s life is not for the faint of heart.  Sure, I was bored and dissatisfied with my former career selling wide area network (WAN) routing technology to large corporations with mission-critical applications, but at least I had a steady check, and I paid the bills every two weeks like clockwork.  Now I pay them […]

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This Week: Patina’s new Andersonville location

This Week: Patina’s new Andersonville location

I predict that as technology continues to improve, our future selves will increasingly retreat into virtual worlds more to our liking than the one most of us actually inhabit.  Of course, some theorize (Matrix fans anyway) that humans already inhabit a giant virtual reality, which, if true, means we’d simply be creating an escape hatch […]

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Several Reasons to Stop in at Chicago’s Room Service

Several Reasons to Stop in at Chicago’s Room Service

I popped into Room Service last weekend, and I lingered even longer than I normally do.  Put the needle on the record because owner Paul Lechinski is pumping up the volume with products and ideas, including buddhalicious religious kitcsch that’ll help you get rich (see above blue buddha piggie banks). I’m also loving: Shockingly good […]

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This Week: Brimfield (the new Andersonville store, not the flea market)

This Week: Brimfield (the new Andersonville store, not the flea market)

Despite its rough and tough Swedish population, Andersonville keeps improving and thanks to an influx of stores, the hood has become a genuine home design destination.  If you haven’t been lately, it’s time to plan a trip because upholster Julie Fernstrom has closed her west side shop English Cottage and replaced it with not one, […]

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Interview:  FourSided and TwoSided Founder Todd Mack

Interview: FourSided and TwoSided Founder Todd Mack

I’ve long been enthralled with FourSided founder, artist and entrepreneur Todd Mack’s framing projects, which elevate common objects to art through the creative use of mattes and collage, so I was very happy to hang out with him for a bit recently.  As you read this interview, may I suggest that you listen to the […]

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