Why we love: Southport Corridor

1 bed, 1 bath apartment

Though born in Wisconsin, Courtney might as well have Chicago running through her blood. She's as passionate about her city and neighborhood as they come. 


How long have you lived in your home?
Five years. I rented the apartment from a friend, sight unseen. I figured the best way to find a great place is through a friend, but I had absolutely no idea how much I would love the apartment or neighborhood. 

Why did you originally move here?
I moved to Chicago from Manhattan because I wanted to live in a big city, but didn't want a city as overwhelming as New York. I love that every Chicago neighborhood has its own feeling. It makes it feel like living in a community within a big city. 

How long do you plan to live here?
I'm sadly leaving in May! The one issue with this apartment is no pets are allowed, and I really want a dog.

What is your favorite part of your home?
I love that it feels homey, approachable and down-to-earth. It's so easy for things to feel cookie cutter, and I really wanted my home to show who I am. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
No dogs!

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
So much! First, it's super lively. There are always people out and about, I even see familiar faces on the street. Second, There is so much to do here. I honestly have everything I need within walking distance. Third, I am a very active member of my local YMCA. I've met so many awesome people and I particularly love both the spin classes and Body Pump. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
It's sad watching the local mom-and-pops close down because they can't afford the expensive rent in the area now. For example, Coobah was a great Cuban food restaurant that recently closed. 

What are you favorite local stores?
U.S. Apothecary: Great for cute jewelry, candles and home goods made by Chicago designers
Southport Grocery: Whenever I have guests in town I put my name in and then wait it out at my apartment
Cafe Tola: Great for breakfast and coffee
Guthries Tavern: Fun bar with board games

How do you get to work?
I take the Brown Line to Belmont and switch to the Red Line to get to Tribune Tower. 

How long is your commute?
45 minutes door-to-door. 

Where do you grocery shop?
Jewel is half a block up, or the Whole Foods on Ashland. 

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
All the time. I walk around the neighborhood wondering, "How did I get so lucky?!"

Where do you plan to move next?
North Center or Roscoe Village. Somewhere close to the Brown Line. 

Are you friends with your neighbors?
I am friendly with my neighborhoods, we say hello but I don't know them.

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes. I love that I can come home on the late side and always feel safe. 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Young families, dogs strollers, really good energy. People take pride in their neighborhood and take advantage of living here. 

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others? 
Not really, though I wouldn't want to live too close to Wrigley Field.