One of my favorite things about Chicago is all the quaint side streets with cute homes of all kinds — big, small, brick, wood, old, new, modern, funky, crumbly.
There are big yards, small gardens, and tiny nooks to hang out in and enjoy a good book on a sunny day. Because of the variety, the neighborhoods are filled with undeniable character and charm.
It is the opposite of the cookie cutter look that some suburban subdivisions can take on. I can ride my bike down any street and have trouble looking straight ahead as I gape at the various styles of architecture and designs to my left and right. Recently, I took a stroll down Grace Street in my neighborhood of Lakeview.