Can we say Chicago power couple? If Jill and her husband aren't the ultimate dynamic duo, then call me straight crazy. Jill's old boss called her Jill of all Trades, and that seems appropriate: Jill is simultaneously a 5th grade teacher at a CPS school on the South Side, the voice behind fashion blog Hot Pink Style, and also runs a personal shopping business, aptly named Jill of All Trades. Her husband on the other hand works for an Illinois senator, and spends a good deal of time in Springfield.
You'll notice I started this week's home tour in the master, and for good reason. Jill had the ingenious idea to make her living room her master bedroom, and her dining room into her living room. It sounds confusing, but what happens in the end is this fashion blogger has plenty of closet space in her bedroom (her shoe collection!), and the living room and kitchen perfectly flow.
How long have you lived in your home?
I've actually lived in the building for 14 years! I lived two doors down for six years, and then this unit became available.
Why did you originally move here?
I originally moved here in college (UIC) because it was so convenient for getting to school.
How long do you plan to live here?
We don't know for sure, maybe until they kick us out! This place is just easy for both of us. Eventually we plan to move to Salt Lake City since my husband is from there, and we love spending time outside. It feels like the perfect place for us!
What is your favorite part of your home?
The master bedroom and the bed itself--it's brand new!
What is your least favorite part of your home?
Before, I definitely would have said parking, but we recently rented a spot so we don't have issues anymore. I used to know how to perfectly time looking for parking, otherwise it was a lost cause.
What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
We love all of the Greek restaurants. I'm Greek, and we also went to Greece on our honeymoon, so we reallyyy love Greek food. I also love the convenience of everything, especially the trains just one block away.
What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
Hard question! I guess the dirtiness. When you open your window and the dirt comes flying in, you're really reminded you live in the city.
What are you favorite local establishments?
Greek Islands: The best Greek food in Greektown!
Mariano's: I'm there every other day
Meli Cafe: We live right above, and they have great breakfast food
How do you get to work?
I drive to 48th & Western and my husband takes the Blue Line to the Thompson Center.
How long is your commute?
Both of our commutes are about 20 minutes.
Where do you grocery shop?
Mariano's and Stanley's, which is a produce market on North Ave.
Where do you plan to move next?
Salt Lake City!
Are you friends with your neighbors?
An Italian shoemaker lives upstairs from us and knows I love fashion, so that has worked out well! Besides that, I will see people I recognize walking around the neighborhood and smile.
Does your neighborhood feel safe?
I feel safe here. There are so many 24 hour places, and always so many people around.
What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Busy! Something is always happening. You can get food at any time of day.
Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others?
I really can't think of anything more convenient than where we are. If you want more quiet, I would go west of Halsted.
If you're thinking of buying or selling in Greektown, I would love to help!