Why we love: West Loop #4

Stats: 1 bed, 1 bath rented condo, with parking
Currently for sale, details here. Please contact me if you would like to see this unit!

As a religious blog reader, I always love getting a behind-the-scenes peek at where the magic happens. In Erin's case, walking into her home felt inspirational, which can't be an accident. As the Co-Founder of the Windy City Blogger Collective and coaching AND hand bag businesses, Erin radiates entrepreneurial inspiration. From her perfectly-curated quote wall to the bright color scheme, it's clear that a lot of blogger magic happens in this place. 

And, as a four-year West Loop resident, Erin has tons to share with the group around her favorite restaurants, bars and even yoga studio.  

How long have you lived in your home?
About four years. 

Why did you originally move here?
We have cousins that live down the street, so we would come to the area to go out, and it really just instantly felt like home. After searching on Domu, we found a few apartments we really liked, but they were rented out so quickly and we missed our opportunity. Quickly learning our lesson, we decided that the next place we saw that could accommodate me working from home, we would take immediately! 

How long do you plan to live here?
We actually just bought our first home! We closed in late October and moved to our new home in Lakeview shortly thereafter. 

Editor's note: the rest of the interview still pertains to Erin's home in the West Loop.

What is your favorite part of your home?
Because of the size, every square inch is put to use, and it feels good knowing that we've done a good job maximizing space. Over the years we've pared our things down to only what is useful--we have nothing frivolous. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
The size! While we've been able to make it work, this place is tiny at only 680 square feet. When we moved here we were forced to sell a lot of our larger furniture in exchange for smaller, better-suited items. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
We love how family-oriented the area feels. A lot of people don't necessarily think of the West Loop as a family-oriented neighborhood, but in the last few years you can't go anywhere without stumbling into a stroller or a dog! 

Our home also just really feels like home--it's lived in, imperfect, and we love it. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
I wish shopping were a bit closer. State Street and the North and Clybourn area aren't walkable, which would really be ideal. 

What are you favorite local establishments?
Au Cheval: It's really on the top of my list. At home we mostly eat vegan, but then about once a month I need a burger or bologna sandwich!
Old Fifth: Great pizza. The crust is a little sweet, which makes it taste different, yet delicious.
La Colombe: I love their iced Americanos and Pure Black bottled iced coffee.
Bare Feet Power Yoga: I go every week and appreciate their laid back vibe. 
Loretta's Bake Shop & Cafe: The owner, Mary Beth, makes delicious cookies, empanadas, quiche and pop tarts and a visit her shop is the perfect way to start your weekend!

How do you get to work?
I work from home and my husband walks, takes the bus or drives to the Loop. 

Where do you grocery shop?
I walk to either Mariano's or Whole Foods. 

Are you friends with your neighbors?
We recognize each other and say hi, but we don't really hang out. 

Does your neighborhood feel safe?
Yes. When we first moved here people didn't expect us to necessarily feel safe, but we do. Wherever you are in the city you have to keep your eyes open. 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Laid back and professional. It's a lot like Tribeca in Manhattan: lots of working families and young people who like to get out and see things. 

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others? 
We wouldn't want to live further west than Racine because you get pretty far from grocery stores. There's also not a lot happening on Racine and Ashland. My ideal area is between Halsted and Racine. 

What do you think of when you think of your home?
This is really the first place that has felt like home since I moved out of my parent's. 

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