Why we love: River North

Stats: 2 bed, 2 bath apartment 

Meet Jessica, founder of One Part Plant and the One Part Podcast. Her mission is to offer lessons in next level inspiration, which she does through her website, one-on-one coaching and the podcast. After suffering for years from debilitating endometriosis, Jessica learned to control her symptoms through diet and lifestyle choices, and most importantly, eating a plant-based diet. Through her struggle to regain health, she learned that changes don't come all at once, instead they work when they're broken down into parts. 

As a religious listener of the One Part Podcast, I knew that Jessica's home would be worth touring. Through listening, I was quickly convinced that Jessica's frank, wise and insightful personality would shine through wherever she calls home. Annnnd, I was right! Jessica lives in River North with her husband, Dan, and adorable son, Sid. 


How long have you lived in your home?
Two years. 

Why did you originally move here?
We had lived in Lakeview for twelve years, and then one day our lease was up. I looked and looked for an apartment, but couldn't find anything. My husband works in the Hancock and we don't have a car, so we wanted something convenient for his commute. River North is great because we can walk anywhere. 

How long do you plan to live here?
I’m so sad to let this apartment go, but we are moving soon...and we're actually looking for sub-letters. If you're interested, please email Jessica at hola@onepartplant.com.

What is your favorite part of your home?
The open space we have in our living room. Sometimes people will ask me what we plan to do to fill the space, but we really love having it open. Sid can play, I do yoga, and sometimes we put a blanket down and have a picnic. It's so rare to have an open space. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
I really love this place a lot, but the cat hair is everywhere. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
I love all of our food options. Just across the street we have a Whole Foods, and just a few blocks away there is Trader Joes and the farmer's market. It's never hard to get healthy food. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
There's an alley behind our home that sometimes feels a little shady. 

What are you favorite local stores?
The Broken Shaker Bar at The Freehand Hotel: just opened a few months ago
The Owen + Alchemy pop-up at Eataly 

How do you get to work?
I work from home, Dan walks to the Hancock. 

Where do you grocery shop?
I do a combination of Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and the farmer's market on Division.

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
Since we don't have a car, we're always walking somewhere!

Where do you plan to move next?
Some place warm, I hope!

Are you friends with your neighbors?
I’ve met them a couple times, they seem really nice. But I’ll also go months without even seeing them once in the hallway.

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes, but I think anywhere in the city you have to be careful.

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Surprisingly mixed in terms of people, pretty chill. 

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others? 
I think our part of downtown is perfect --I just wouldn't want to live closer to Michigan Avenue.

If you know anyone looking to buy or sell in River North, let me know!