Why we love: Lincoln Park #2

Stats: Studio apartment, no parking

When I walked into Megan's apartment, the worst ever cliche was on repeat in my brain: "This girl really knows how turn drab to fab!" I know, it's awful, but it's true! A little creativity, a few buckets of paint, and Megan managed to make her tiny studio into a homey sanctuary. The voice behind blog Sparkles & Sprinkles, Megan has lived in Lincoln Park for two years and really honed her fab-maker skills in that time. She's also worked at Molly's Cupcakes, so she knows what's up with the local food scene. 

How long did you lived in this home?
For two years. We actually just moved in August to a new place, also in Lincoln Park.

Why did you originally move to Lincoln Park?
I moved for an internship. My mentor lives up the street and recommended the area, so I really only looked at places in Lincoln Park.

What is your favorite part of your home?
Even though it's small, I really love the kitchen best. When I moved in, it was an off yellow color with missing hardware--all around pretty nasty. So, I painted the walls and the cabinets with chalkboard paint to add something to the space. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
The bathroom for sure--it's so small and old. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
I love that it's so close to the Lake. I run and bike along the trail all the time. Our new place isn't as close to the Lake, and I will really miss it. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
The traffic is so bad whenever there's a Cubs game. 

What are you favorite local establishments?
Molly's Cupcakes: I used to work there!
Toast: Love their brunch
Compass Bar: Super cozy bar that no one knows about!
Art Effect: Great for jewelry and accessories

How do you get to work?
I take the 134 Express Bus to Monroe and State, which takes about 40 minutes. 

Where do you grocery shop?
If I'm walking, the Trader Joe's on Diversey, and if I'm driving the Jewel on Ashland. 

Where do you plan to move next?
We moved to the south border of Lincoln Park in the Clybourn Corridor, right above the CB2 store there. 

Are you friends with your neighbors?
Not really, though I did used to bring them leftover cupcakes!

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes, very safe. This is one of the reasons I love Lincoln Park so much. 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Young professionals/families, trendy. 

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others? 
Anywhere around Armitage or the Zoo is popular, and of course, close to the Lake!

What do you think of when you think of your home?
Girly, fun and colorful. 

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