Two weeks ago (one week ago? I don't even remember), Adam and I flew across the country (he from Alaska, me from California) and met up in Chicago with 72 hours available and the single mission of finding somewhere to live. 

But first, deep dish and I had to get to know one another. After our formal introductions I think we'll be great friends.

Deep Dish
Then after spending all day with an elderly German man who pointed out every single train in Chicago, took us to a Russian grocery store (so cool), hung up on two people and called another Realtor a "STUPID HOOKER!" he finally helped us find our home in Chicago. 

Lake Bluff


Living room with AMAZING windows


Looking at front door/living room




FIREPLACE! And amazing little windows!

Office! See also: more amazing windows


Side of house. Not pictured: Tulips, everywhere!!!!


It's a two bedroom house with a one car garage and the largest basement I've ever seen in my life. Did we want a three bedroom? Yes. Did I want a fenced backyard? Yes. Is this house in the most perfect of perfect neighborhoods of Lake Bluff, IL enabling me for the first time in over four years to actually walk to amenities while also feeling like a suburban queen? YES, YES, AND MORE YES. 

No matter what the house looks like, I'm in so much love with the two block walk to the train, the two block walk to "downtown" and the five block walk to the lake where there is an actual fenced off dog beach. In the words of Rachel Zoe, I die.


Once we found somewhere to live and I stopped sweating through my shirt in a panic thinking I'd be homeless we realized we had a moment to actually explore Chicago. So first thing we did was terrify ourselves by standing in a glass box 103 stories above the street. I know you can jump and pose and be weird in these things, but OMG it was all I could do to smile and not think about how I was going to die.

Something about that glass box just didn't feel right, you know?

Then we walked to see the bean, walked along Michigan Ave, and got a martini in a swanky steak house. Basically, it was the beginning of my Chicago love affair. 

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There's no nice wrap up to the post except to say yesterday the movers took everything we own except for a few odds and ends and we won't see them again until May 8th. Friday morning we'll get in the car and start the 7+ day drive to our new life. 

Shit is a mess right now and if my cheese grater hadn't already been packed I might try to remove my skin with. But I guess in the meantime let's all look at the cute house pictures and try to forget the fact I won't have a home cooked meal again until mid May and the same three outfits are all I have on rotation until someone gives me back my entire life… 

  • Alison

    ooh, I love the fireplace with the windows. Chicago isn’t as cold as Alaska, but it’s cold enough to properly enjoy a good fireplace.

  • Drea

    The house looks so cute! I’m so excited for you guys.

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  • Bambi

    The house is so cute!! A new life adventure in Chicago sounds fun. Good luck with the move and try not to stress too much. 😉

  • Julie

    Ahh, that house looks amazing!! And yay tulips! Also I find basements exciting–free storage. :)

    Congrats on finding such a great place to live!

  • Ashley, The Accidental Olympian

    Many many many thanks!

  • Ashley, The Accidental Olympian

    Here here! I don’t think I could live in a house without a wood burning fireplace. Fires in the winter with a glass of wine are one of my favorite things in the entire world.

  • Ashley, The Accidental Olympian

    Trying… but I’m failing miserably I tell you what!

  • Kim

    Congrats on finding your perfect house!

    I’m trying to convince my husband that Chicago would be a great place to live because I also have a love-affair with Chicago after visiting it for a long weekend, and then wanting to go back every year. There’s just so much to do and see and eat… eat being the most important.

    You HAVE to get Garrett popcorn.

  • Kristine

    The house is adorable and seriously, you had me at fenced in dog beach. How awesome is that? Good for you for jumping right in. I hope things go as smoothly as possible and that cheese grater is firmly packed away. Good luck! I can’t wait to read more!

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  • Ashley, The Accidental Olympian

    Exactly. I plan to eat my way through Chicago.

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  • Jocelyn

    Good luck on your new adventure. Chicago is an amazing place to live! The city is unbelievable in the summer. One of our favorite things to do in the summer is shopping and Dim Sum in China Town. Then catch a Sox game, but by the pictures in the latest post Adam might be a Northsider.