Our Apartment

Take a peek in our new Chicago apartment!


This apartment we’re living in is a major upgrade from our townhouse. We have some added amenities, lots of space, a great view, and it’s in a great area. Sure, the rent is doubled, but we’re living in Chicago, and that’s to be expected.
We only had a day to find an apartment when we visited last week, and it was so, so stressful. We’d been advised from people what to expect. We were to expect old buildings, very little space, and high rent. That is exactly what we got. We had a realtor drive us around and show us some places. They were expensive, small, old, and dirty. I don’t know if they were worse than the usual apartments, or not. I didn’t feel good about any of them, but I knew we were going to have to settle on something.

Then the realtor showed us our current apartment, and we fell in love. Or maybe it just seemed much better than the other ones we looked at. That’s probably it.

So let me give you a tour of the place! We haven’t had a chance to buy any furniture or hang up the decorations (the few that we have) yet, so it’d kind of bare. I’m not sure if we even want any more decorations or furniture. After that move, I don’t want any more stuff. Next time when we move, I’m getting rid of more stuff. The less you own, the better.

The living room. Look at that view of the lake! Gorgeous!

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Different angle.

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That’s Wrigley Field in the distance! It’s actually closer than it appears in this picture.

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Entrance into the kitchen from the living room. Notice my rack o’ appliances and dishes.

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Different entry into the kitchen. There’s a spice/ingredient cabinet to the left, and a pantry to the right. I love it! We didn’t have a pantry in the old house.

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There’s a window in the kitchen, too. Great for food photography!

This is my bake station. I have most of my bakeware in this cabinet.

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Our stocked fridge. We took a trip to Trader Joe’s our first day here and stocked up on a few items. Mostly wine.

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View of the kitchen. I don’t know if you can tell, but this kitchen is made for a tall person. I can only reach the second shelf in the cabinets. Oh! There’s a window to look into the oven!
I’ve missed that feature.

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This is my closet. I was able to fit everything in here! Amazing. That first shelf contains sundresses, which I probably won’t be wearing a lot of in Chicago. Sad face.

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The bathroom, which I’m sure you were dying to see. Not a whole lot going on here, except for lots and lots of space! There’s a medicine cabinet, plus a closet with shelves.

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The bedroom with a strange man in the bed.

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So there ya go! I hope you enjoyed the tour. I’ll be back shortly with more Chicago posts.
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67 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your move! Your new appartment is adorable and it looks like you guys are going to enjoy your time in Chicago :)

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  2. Hi Emily! I'm a longtime reader of your blog and have lived in Chicago for about 3 years now. Welcome! Seems like you'll fit right in and will love it here. Your apartment looks great and seems like you definitely found a gem. Whereabouts are you? Looks like you're either north or south of downtown, but right by the lake? I live in the South Loop and really love it...TJ's and Target are within a 5-minute walk! :) Anyway, just wanted to say hi and welcome!

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    1. Hi Melissa! Wow, I'm flattered! Thank you for reading. We're really liking it here so far. We are north of downtown. So jealous about your short walk! I'm already missing Target. We went to H&M today. I freaking love that store.

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  3. I love it! Especially all the gorgeous natural light. Y'all found a great apartment. :)

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  4. Your apartment looks so nice! I'm so happy things are working out for you. It gives me faith that maybe my dreams will come true soon too. And I bet you'll be surprised at how often you'll be able to wear sundresses. Chicago has hot summers! Can't wait to see and hear more : )

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    1. It's true! Nothing beats Chicago in the summer! And it looks like you're pretty close to the beach. =)

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    2. Oh okay, well I'm glad I get to wear them a bit! I live in sundresses from March-October in Missouri. :)

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  5. The apartment looks great and the view is amazing. Imagine when it snows how lovelyit will be.
    Summer is quite warn so I am sure you will make good use of the sundresses.
    I am sure once you settle in you will want a bitmore furniture. I bet a trip to IKEA will help furnish the place and will do it for a bargin.
    Thanks for sharing the photos!

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    1. Thank you! I bet the snow will be lovely. Yes, we probably should get a table and chairs. I wonder if Ikea will ship to us? We don't have a truck to haul stuff in.

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  6. Welcome! The apartment looks great, and I love all the windows and natural light! Hope you're liking it here so far! Don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to wear sundresses when it's like 100 degrees in August. Haha.

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    1. Thank you, Elly! I would love to meet you sometime. Don't you live in Ravenswood?

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    2. I live in Lincoln Square, which is pretty much the Ravenswood border. Definitely email me and we can try to get together sometime! ellysaysopa@gmail.com

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  7. So exciting for you! That actually seems way bigger than I would have imagined for a Chicago apartment. That living room is way bigger than mine! Can't wait to see all of your adventures!

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    1. It does seem really big. I think we got lucky.

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  8. Wow...that's amazing! I love the windows!

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  9. Woaw! Your apartment is so great! It's large, with big windows, and the view! I love it, it's a nice place to live. I wish my apartment was as big as this one! And I love the skis that we can see in the background of the bedroom picture, so funny ^^

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    1. Haha funny story behind that. Eric found them in the trash, but they're perfectly fine. :)

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  10. What great views! Doesn't seem to have outdoor space. Maybe you can raise some herbs by the windows.

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    1. No, it doesn't. I love that idea! I'm going to do it! Maybe I could get a plant, too. Banana tree?

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  11. Congratulations!
    Your apartment looks Great

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  12. Hi Emily,
    Yours is the first blog I ever started looking at about 4 yrs ago and I still love it! You're hilarious and your recipes are the best! Found you when I was googling for a red velvet cake recipe. I visited Chicago last summer for the first time and just loved it! I'm so happy for you that you are attending pastry school! Good luck in Chicago!

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    1. No way! Are you serious? Wow, that makes me happy! Thank you so much for reading! Thank you. I will blog about school!

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  13. I think your apartment looks really nice! Spacious too :) I'm so happy for you! I hope you enjoy your time in Chicago!!!

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  14. I am so, so happy for you. I just know that your going to have such a great life. I really wish you the best of everything.

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  15. Looks amazing! All of those windows. It's so bright and airy.

    Wishing you lots of happiness here!

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    1. Thank you! I think you should move to Chi-Town.

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  16. Wow that place is beautiful!! You are in a fantastic area!

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  17. Congratulations! Your apartment looks amazing. I look forward to reading more about your adventures in Chicago and about your adventures in your new kitchen. I wish I was so brave as to pick up and follow a dream like you've done.

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    1. Thank you! I hope I don't let people down. I hope I can do something with this degree.

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  18. Well if public transportation fails you, looks like you've got a pair of skis to get around with, LOL!

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  19. Oh, I love it. You really scored I think. View of the lake, sunny apartment, nice kitchen, and Trader Joe's. It just doesn't get better than that! Congratulations to you both!

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  20. I LOVE how you have all your appliances on a rack! That is such a neat idea, esp when you don't have a lot of counter space (like me!). LOVE the living room, what a nice view!

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    1. We had two racks at the old place! We had absolutely no storage space.

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  21. Your apartment looks awesome! I love all of the light & windows. Gorgeous views too. No wonder you fell in love with it. Looks like you have a lot of things in place and well settled for only this week. Excited to see your blog with all of the exciting Chicago tours & foods.

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    1. I need to make a list of places to eat!

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  22. Ooo a corner apartment! You should just lay in the middle of your living room in the sun all day.

    It definitely gets hot enough for sundresses, it just doesn't feel like it right now since it's almost May and it's in the 30s at night!

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    1. Ha! I like that idea! I'm going to try it.

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  23. What a great place! I love those living room windows!

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  24. Wow, lucky girl! I love the space and all those huge windows with amazing views!

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    1. So many windows! I need to buy some Windex.

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  25. Hi Emily! Thank you so much for posting the great pictures of your Chicago apartment! WOW - it looks amazing! It has endless decorating possibilities! And you have outstanding views of Chicago! I want to wish you the BEST with your pastry school - I just know you are really going to enjoy every single moment. And good luck to Eric with his new computer job! We are going to miss you back here in the Springfield, MO area, but so glad I can keep up with your adventures through your great blog!! Take care!

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    1. I need someone to help me decorate! I'm not good at that stuff. Thank you so much, Jane! Thanks for reading! I will miss Springfield.

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  26. I'm envious, it looks like your living room is bigger than my whole apartment! Hope you enjoy it, Chicago is a lot of fun. Lots of good food, I recommend Heaven on Seven. I had the best barbecue of my life there.

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    1. No way! Not unless you live in New York! I used a wide angle lens, so I think the rooms look bigger than they appear.

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  27. The apt looks GREAT and huge! Love all the windows too!!

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  28. Emily I'm so glad you found "The" place! Definitely looks safe and the kitchen is soo cute and roomy closet oh yea...So sad about the sundresses though, cold weather sux!

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  29. Yay, congrats on your move Emily, can't wait to hear more about your experiences in Chicago!!

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  30. Congratulations ! The rooms are full of light ! And the view is amazing ! (I noticed the new kitchen ^^)...

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  31. wow - i love all the big windows! looks like you guys will have some great light in the space.

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  32. pretty! and spacious! =)

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  33. WOW! You are gonna be livin' the life! Loveeee that view from your living room, and all the space in your kitchen. :) You are going to have a great time in Chicago! I'm singing that Frank Sinatra song, "My Kinda Town," about Chicago in my head right now... haha!

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  34. Welcome to Chicago! Your apartment is huge. Enjoy the summer have fun.

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  35. Lovely views you got there! It's like you got the best view in your apartment and having the time of your life!

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