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Chicago House Calls

Inside our favorite Chicago homes

The best House Calls showcase the storied dwellings—and lives—of our neighbors.

Bringing new life to a design pioneer’s quirky Old Town home

Walter Netsch designed the house as a showcase for art. The new owners’ revamp spotlights the architecture.

Inside an architect’s light-filled family home in a pedigreed Chicago tower

With a view of the city—and Lake Michigan.

Two architects turn an 1889 factory into their home and studio in the South Loop

They had dreamt of finding a freestanding building with a little outdoor space and space to grow into: a tall order in the neighborhood, but not impossible.

A West Loop loft gets a tailored remodel

Before the remodel, the loft looked like the sort of place Gordon Gekko of Wall Street might want.

Making a modern home 75 feet from the L train on Chicago’s Southport Corridor

The architect saw the unique site as an opportunity.

In Logan Square, a defunct grocery store turned modern live-work space

It took the couple, co-founders of Moss Design in Chicago, two years to find the right building for the home and office they envisioned.

Inside a sunny Hyde Park apartment designed for entertaining

When asked about the style of her Hyde Park apartment, artist Laura Letinsky says it represents "lots of desires with limited means."

A Rogers Park condo gets a warm contemporary makeover

Interior designer Erica Lugbill showcases her earthy flair through her own personal residence.

A Lakewood-Balmoral home that mixes historic and modern

The couple's decor is clean and consistent, making statements with art, objects, and furniture in their 112-year-old home.

Take a look inside a Lincoln Park Italianate

Most people envision having a home where friends and family can gather, and that’s true for Blair Dawson and Bob Adolfson and their Lincoln Park home. In fact one of the couple’s first gatherings was a big one: they had their wedding reception there.

An architect-in-training makes it work in her tiny space

How one recent transplant has learned to live comfortably in a 300-square-foot space

A bigger home in Bronzeville for a former West Loop couple

While many are moving into Chicago’s rapidly developing West Loop neighborhood, long-time residents Chad and Kristen saw the boom as a chance to trade in their old loft and buy the single-family home that they had always wanted.

Inside a carefully restored Logan Square apartment

Penny and Bruce honored architect Frederick Schock’s original design, but have made the space their own

A look into an eccentric and colorful artist community

After many coats of paint and a few roommates later, Eli’s self-described artist commune is a fun and colorful space with an inviting, in not eccentric, atmosphere and a constantly changing collection of young creatives.

An eclectic and sunny artist’s abode in Logan Square

Both artists, Sara and Anne's eclectic style and self-declared love of plants is evident in the warm and sunny space they have created for themselves and their two cats, Bill and Louis.

A Beaux Arts condo in Lakeview gets a contemporary touch

Cool colors and unique pieces complement the original plaster molding and spacious layout and several chandeliers give the apartment the glamorous feel this homeowner sought to create.

A Spacious Andersonville Apartment for Studying and Relaxing

This vintage two-flat provides both the space and the quiet needed for Chris and Dondee, both part-time students with full-time jobs, to study and relax after a hard day’s work.

A Unit in Chicago’s First Transit-Oriented Development

The building at 1611 W Division, the first of many Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs) built within the last few years, fulfilled all of the requirements Catrina was looking for in a fresh start in the city’s East Village neighborhood.

A Couple Brings Light to a Former Lincoln Park Foreclosure

Since Nick and Lucas purchased their condo, they’ve transformed the two-bedroom duplex from a vacant property into a bright and welcoming home perfect for entertaining friends and family.

An Uptown Couple Keep a Co-op in the Family

One year and a few coats of paint later, the first-time homeowners are finally feeling settled in and ready to enjoy a Chicago summer overlooking the lake.

A Glam Fulton River District Apartment for a High-Rise Kind of Girl

Eve had planned everything out when she moved into this two bedroom, two bathroom in the Fulton River District. A self-described high-rise girl, her 15th floor unit in the Echelon at K Station has everything she was looking for in an apartment.

West Loop Timber Loft Grows Into a Fab Family Home

Fans of the hit television series Chicago Fire may recognize the loft from the show's first season.

A Tour Through a New East Side Highrise Apartment

Located high above the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown district, Kelly’s quiet getaway is the perfect place for her to relax and study after a long hard day of working in the Loop.

A Tour Through a Renovated Albany Park Two-Flat

When this couple purchased their home, it was retro-looking, but not necessarily in a good way.

A Stunning Streeterville Co-Op Gets a Contemporary Makeover