Why we love: Old Irving Park


Today's story is a special one because we're featuring the very talented local artists behind Baigelman Glass. Heather, a photographer by trade, and her fiance, Aaron, started Baigelman Glass a year and a half ago, though Aaron has been blowing glass his whole life. If you ask Heather, "It's all he wants to do!" 

Heather handles the back-of-house work like marketing and sales while Aaron does much of the production. They partner on many of the designs, and I'm telling you, their work is special. Seeing the end product, knowing just a bit about the skill required to make such gorgeous wares is truly inspiring (check out this video for a quick overview). Admiring their work up close makes you truly appreciate the difference between mass market and true craftsmanship. 

And, if you really love what you see, please consider supporting Baigelman Glass' Kickstarter campaign. The campaign is to help offset the hard costs required to produce two new sizes of glasses. They're super close to their goal, so every bit helps! More information, plus details on donation thank you gifts (!) are available here

How long have you lived in your home?
Since last July.

Why did you originally move here?
Our glass blowing studio is moving down the street, and we knew we wanted to live close by. Plus, we wanted a garage and a yard, and this house had both of those things, and just about everything we could have wanted. 

How long do you plan to live here?
Probably for the next few years.

What is your favorite part of your home?
I love that the kitchen is right off the office since I use our home for most of our product photos. I use the window sills a lot and also the kitchen counters for detail shots. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
It's hard to pull our truck into the driveway--there is literally two inches of space on either side. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
It's very community-oriented. We have a block party ever summer, and our landlord also organizes a women's and men's Christmas dinner each year. Our location is also very convenient with the El half a block away. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
Getting to the house! We live at the far end of a park surrounded by one way streets, so getting to our house can take a few extra minutes--which is good and bad!

What are you favorite local stores?
Smoque BBQ and Bread & Wine in our immediate area, and Longman & Eagle and Fleur a bit further out. 

How do you get to work?
I work from home, and Aaron drives to our glass studio in Humboldt Park.

How long is your commute?
Aaron's commute is about 15 minutes. 

Where do you grocery shop?
Jewel Osco on Irving Park, Tony's Finer Foods,  and the farmer's market in June on Sundays

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
Pretty often, whether I go for a run or walk to the grocery store. 

Where do you plan to move next?
We're deciding between Humboldt Park and here. 

Are you friends with your neighbors?
We're friendly. Most of our neighbors are older and have kids.

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes, and we even have a neighborhood watch.

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Magical! A lot of families, and a lot of houses that go all out with gardening, which makes it nice to walk around. The homes feel secluded, but we're still in the city.