Monday, August 12, 2013

life (lahyf) | southport corridor

It's been over a month since we moved into our new home and while our place is still a work in progress, our neighborhood is truly un-matched.  We live in Southport Corridor which is a strip of the Central Lakeview neighborhood and still considered part of the "city", but has a unique suburban-like feel.  For every 5 adults walking down the street at least 3 are trotting along with children, if not pregnant, and I feel right at home pushing little Liam along in his Radio Flyer Tricycle.

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Southport Corridor is the kind of neighborhood where you get the best of both worlds.  You have a ton of amazing restaurants to choose from that are super kid friendly, buzz worthy coffee shops, as well as bakeries, plus a unique combination of one-off boutiques and larger retail with stores.  But what I love the most about this neighborhood is that although you're literally blocks away from Wrigley Field, and no more than 5 miles away from city center, there is so much to do within a 1 mile radius that you never feel like you have to go very far.  Everything I need is right outside my door like the teeny tiny taco joint Cafe Tola that has killer empanadas....

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Or Julius Meinl the amazing coffee franchise from Austria we experienced repeatedly while we were in Vienna...

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Or the Music Box theater that offers an eclectic mix of old classics and newly released indies....

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And mainstream shops that you can experience at any mall like Anthropologie, Lululemon, Athleta, Free People, Benefit and Gap...

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But also, unique quirky shops like Candyality which is every kids' dream.

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Throughout the main street you'll also find installations of art such as this bench...

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And on Thursdays the Low Line Thursday evening Farmer's Market makes it easy to support the local farmers.

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All in all - this neighborhood has it all and not once, despite the plumbing issues, oven issues, and hardwood floor issues did we question whether or not moving was the right choice because we are right where we should be for this moment in life.

2 comments:

Sandy Caribou said...

I am drooling over your life. I would LOVE to live in the SP corridor. Everything I love is over there. Guthrie's, Julius Meinl, the Music Box, just everything. You are very lucky!!

Mel said...

I've gotta get to Cafe Tola. Still haven't been. Best neighborhood in the city. I love it!