The natural history haven in North Center contains nearly 300,000 specimens that document the biodiversity of the midwest, Illinois, and greater North America.
Tiki collectors escape winter in their basement paradise
Say aloha to David and Amy Carter’s Tabu Tiki Room.
This Lego collector’s house is a world of stackable plastic bricks
Alysa Kirkpatrick’s West Ridge apartment serves as headquarters for her no-nonsense hobby.
Inside the former Hammond Organ factory, a marble sculptor has carved out an ideal studio
A tour of Jyl Bonaguro’s art studio at Workshop 4200, an enormous industrial facility in Hermosa
A coach house in Chicago’s land of mansions
The charming Kenwood art studio of Candace Hunter and Arthur Wright has a rich history.
For the visionary owners of VAM Studio, home is where the art is
Tour the whimsical Logan Square apartment of Vincent Martell and Jordan Phelps.
This Prince-themed Christmas lights display will help you get through this thing called life
A Tudor-style house in Park Ridge is a seasonal spectacle dedicated to the late, great Purple One.
Inside a puppeteer-novelist’s at-home creative workshop
Mary Robinette Kowal makes puppets and writes in a 1913 building in the Ukrainian Village.
A home away from Humboldt House
The owner of the popular shop has an open-door policy at her well-appointed cottage.
Tiny-house living has pros and cons
Elgin couple Alex and Korie Veidel are part of the growing movement of people seeking simplicity in close quarters.
The Ghost Research Society haunts a suburban Chicago house
The paranormal investigation organization is based out of president Dale Kaczmarek’s Oak Lawn basement.
For a midcentury-modern furniture collector, Homewood is where the heart is
Kelly Caldwell makes a passionate case for living in Chicago’s south suburbs.
Mies van der Rohe’s first high-rise
Tim Samuelson initially discovered the apartment complex—a modernist skyscraper in Hyde Park with sweeping views of Lake Michigan—the way he learns about most things: by reading about it. “I happened to be going through a book, and here’s a picture of Mies van der Rohe’s Promontory Apartments,” says Samuelson, the city’s official cultural historian, his […]
Inside Mies van der Rohe’s first high-rise, an eclectic marriage of style
The historic 1949 building in Hyde Park is home to Tim Samuelson and Barbara Koenen.
Take a video tour of Harry Weese’s nautical River Cottages
Peek inside a riverfront townhouse designed by the architect behind the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist and the Metropolitan Correctional Center.