1. You have your pick of beaches—and beach activities. You can spike a volleyball at Foster Beach, attend an impromptu dance party at Kathy Osterman Beach (aka Hollywood Beach), build a sandcastle with youngsters at Thorndale Avenue Beach, or crack open a book while perched on a rock at Berger Park Beach.Photo courtesy of Edward Stojakovic, Flickr2. You might learn a new language. Thanks to a continual influx of immigrants from countries including Sweden, Ethiopia, Bosnia, and Mexico, Edgewater’s streets reverberate with a multitude of languages and dialects.3. You can brush up on your history.There are nine neighborhood buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Edgewater Beach Apartments. It’s the sole remnant of the famous Edgewater Beach Hotel complex, which in its day famously hosted American presidents and Hollywood movie stars.Edgewater Beach Apartments. Photo courtesy of JohnPickenPhoto, Flickr4. You can explore the Lakefront Trail. Depending on your point of origin, the vehicle-free path begins or ends in Edgewater at Sheridan Road and Ardmore Avenue. Hop on your bike, lace up your running shoes, or grab your skateboard and zip along the paved path past Lake Michigan and sprawling greenery.5. There are neighborhoods within the neighborhood. Did you know that the bustlingly independent Andersonville is actually a sub-neighborhood of Edgewater? The same goes for the historic Lakewood-Balmoral corridor, the tree-lined Edgewater Glen, and the Lake Michigan–adjacent Edgewater Beach.6. You can make a new four-legged friend.With a dog beach carved out just north of Foster Beach and plenty of pet-friendly housing, the neighborhood boasts a large population of canine residents.Photo courtesy of Steve Stearns, Flickr7. It’s easy to get there. Bryn Mawr Station. Photo courtesy of Thomas Anderson, FlickrThe Red Line hosts four stops (Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, and Granville), the Broadway bus snakes along the diagonal corridor, the Clark Street bus weaves through Andersonville, and several buses along Sheridan deliver residents north to Rogers Park, south past downtown, and lots of places in between.8. It’s packed with great local businesses.Along its corridors, you can find a charming mix of shops: everything from boutiques and fitness centers to cafés and eateries. To see some of our favorites, check out Groupon’s exclusive collection of deals from Edgewater businesses.Read More
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As the owner of Bang Bang Pie Shop, Michael Ciapciak spends plenty of time in the heat of the kitchen. But when he comes home, he gets a different kind of warm feeling. Ask him what he loves most about his Logan Square home, which he shares with his wife, Susan, and their sons, Ned and Will, and he’ll tell you: “My favorite thing would have to be the sense of warmth of it [from] being filled with all of our things we have collected.” One glance around the space confirms the Ciapciaks are quite the collectors. Their decor includes vintage pieces (a brown and tattered US map) and alley scores (an old fire escape that serves as a pot rack), not to mention a whole wall of curiosities in the sitting area off the dining room. Some pieces on the wall were gifts, such as the photo of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. Others are family heirlooms, including the silhouette of Susan’s mother when she was a girl. Still, not everything here is old or used. “We have a few items that we've saved for and purchased,” Michael said. For example, the tufted headboard in the master bedroom was bought new and looks elegant against colorful bedding and embroidered pillows. In contrast, the guest-bedroom headboard, while no less beautiful, is nothing but stacked apple crates that were repurposed from Bang Bang. Despite drawing from such a wide variety of sources, the Ciapciaks achieve an unmistakable unity in their decor. This harmony is due in part to a few smart design choices: selecting simple furnishings with classic shapes, sticking with neutral wall colors, and connecting spaces throughout the home with beautiful oriental rugs. Ultimately, though, the reason the home blends together so well may have less to do with any aesthetic theory than with the sense that each item has meaning to the owners. “[I] can't say we really have a specific style other than decorating with what we like,” Michael said. He added that the most important element in creating a harmonious home has nothing to do with furnishings. “If I didn't have family to share my home with, there would be no real sense of warmth in it.” Photos: Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon Find even more home-design inspiration at ideel. There are even more tours of gorgeous Chicago homes to be found on the Groupon Guide: Inside the Photogenic Home of Two Pro Photographers Trying to deal with living where you work? Take a cue from Stevi and Matt Savage, who designed their Lakeview home with flexibility in mind. This Kids’ Musician’s Home Is as Cheery as Her Songs Little Miss Ann is one of Chicago’s top “kindie” rock musicians. Learn how a simple act of decorating kindness inspired her after a hospital stay. How a High-School English Teacher Assembled One of Chicago's Coolest Modern Furniture Collections Nick Roux has a knack for finding Eames lounge chairs for cheap. Tour his striking Lincoln Square apartment and find out how he does it.Read More
When wearing all-over prints, it’s a fine line between looking glamorous and looking like grandma’s couch. But it’s actually not that complicated. The key? Choose sophisticated prints in modern silhouettes that suit your body type. We’ve found four matching sets, and added some coordinating garments to show how versatile these printed pieces can be as separates. Look #1: The Deconstructed Dress Palm jacquard tee, Topshop ($130); Palm jacquard midi skirt, Topshop ($170); Black leather skirt, Avenue 32 ($598 on sale); High-waist jean shorts, Jolly Chic ($22.99) Buying separates instead of a full dress can be more figure-flattering, as you have more control over fit (it can be more cost effective, too). For a sleeker look, pair the top with a leather pencil skirt and strappy high-heeled sandals, or dress it down with high-waisted shorts and espadrilles. Look #2: Crop Tops Taffeta Picnic midi skirt, Topshop ($190); Taffeta Picnic crop top, Topshop ($76); Iris crop top, Abercrombie & Fitch ($17.10 on sale); Short-sleeve Pima tee, L.L. Bean ($17.99) This set’s longer crop top shows just a sliver of skin, giving your eye a break from the bold pattern. Show more skin by swapping in a shorter lace top and wedge sandals, or less with a black tee and canvas sneakers. Look #3: Classic Cuts Charley pineapple sweater, J.Crew Factory ($34.50 on sale); Printed stretch chino short, J.Crew Factory ($49.50 on sale); Pineapple collector tee, J.Crew Factory ($34.50); Cropped jersey top, H&M ($6.95) The simple tailoring of this sweater and shorts keeps the pineapple print from being too sweet. This also makes it easy to separate the set: double down on the ‘apples by half-tucking this printed tee, or mix prints with a striped top. (Read more tips on mixing prints.) Look #4: Back to Bed Animal-print top, Zara ($29.99); Animal-print trousers, Zara ($29.99); Skinny low-rise jeans, H&M ($9.95); Neon jacquard-weave skirt, H&M ($49.95) Wearing pajama-inspired clothes may not feel chic, but this animal-print set looks quite sophisticated with some black-leather Birkenstocks. Even more surprising is this bold print’s versatility, as it pairs equally well with dark-blue skinny jeans or a neon miniskirt.Read More
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