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Featured Listing Friday: 2BR/2BA Condo across from Douglas Park

Most new construction has a similar layout: open floor plan, island kitchen, long hallway with bedrooms and a balcony in the back.

This unit is a little more special due to some thoughtful considerations in the layout.

The configuration of the master suite allows for a bit of luxury. The large mirrors over the dual vanity face the walk in closet and are open to the bedroom area like a dressing room. The jacuzzi tub, separate shower, and toilet are in a separate attached room.

The laundry room features side by side washer and dryer and is next to a linen closet on steroids.

This unit has lots of light, granite-stainless-hardwood-marble, and includes a parking spot in the gated lot. You’re close to biking lanes, the Pink Line, and the Medical District, not to mention being right across from the park.

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Here’s a link to the listing.

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Lost in Chicago: Logan Square Blue Line Logan Square

This is the pulsating heart of Logan Square.

Most of these recommendations are within a  five minute walk of one another.

Best Place for Ears: The Whistler has DJs. Not necessarily for dancing, but to facilitate chilling out in an upbeat manner. If you are someone who appreciates a good, thoughtful cocktail, come here.

Ears Honorable Mention: Nothin’ Less Coffee House. They have poetry, jazz, performance art and other events here all the time. (See the video at the bottom of this post.)

Best Place for Eyes: I Am Logan Square has rotating art displays and events. For example, Melissa Stanley of Niche Realty gave a talk “Artist as Landlord” that was interesting and informative.

Eyes Honorable Mention: The Logan Theater. Newly renovated, they screen old classics, like The Warriors and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

Best Place for Noms: Longman & Eagle. Have the white whiskey flight, everything on the menu, and then pour yourself to bed in one of their boutique hotel rooms.

Noms Honorable Mention: Boulangerie. Bring your iPad and enjoy a croissant or any other of the wonderful freshly baked goods they make. Then go a few doors down for cute toys or to get a mani-pedi.

Best Place after a Long Day: Telegraph has a great font to start off with. The wine is superb, and the service there is as wonderful as a butler: there when you need it, blending into the woodwork when  you don’t. I’m sure the food is also excellent.

Long Day Honorable Mention: The Whirlaway on Fullerton and Kedzie is cash only, as all charming and homey bars should be. They have some nice bottled beers, and a Spanish language exchange meets once per week. Sometimes there’s a trivia night.

Best Place for Brain: Uncharted Books. This place just opened this year, and the decor will make you feel exactly what you want to feel when you walk into a used bookstore: like typewriters might suddenly become relevant again.

Best Place for Coffee: New Wave has great coffee, some bizarre and mismatched furniture, a ton of flyers, and Super Nintendo video games. It’s almost impossible to get a seat here on the weekends. The Caddyshack is a popular sandwich, as is the Flashdance.

Coffee Honorable Mention: Nothin’ Less. Get an Italian soda and a sandwich, sit by the window, and people watch from your comfortable chair. In the video below, Elena of Nothin Less talks about Logan Square.

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Wicker Park: The Circle Salon

The best way to get to know a neighborhood is to ask someone who spends a lot of time there, either because they live there or do business there.

Jamie of The Circle Salon in Wicker Park was kind enough to take a few minutes to tell me about why it’s great to live and work in Wicker.

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Local’s Eye View: Bucktown with Bucktown Music

I stopped by Bucktown Music to chat with Jessica and Luis Solares about their music studio. (They have lessons for everyone, and even have special brain development classes for babies! (It’s called “Kindermusic.”)

They’re the perfect people to ask about what makes Bucktown a great neighborhood since they’ve been living in Bucktown for 5 years and have been doing business here for 3.

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Local’s Eye View: Nothin’ Less than Logan Square

The best way to get to know a neighborhood is to ask someone who spends a lot of time there, either because they live there or do business there.

The owner of Nothin’ Less Coffee House, Elena, was kind enough to take a few minutes to tell us about Logan Square.

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