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Enjoy your stay in Chicago's historic Edgewater/ Andersonville neighborhood.

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Originally from the south coast of England, I moved to Chicago in 1998 with my husband Ashley. We loved the City on arrival, and partifcularly liked Andersonville/ Edgewater where we bought and renovated an old colonial house in 2002. The neighborhood is fun, convenient and friendly, and we now feel very much at home within a warm and eclectic circle of friends. After many years of global travelling for large corporates, I had baby Teddy in 2007 and decided to stop checking myself in and sit on the other side of the fence. Numerous hotel stays have made me realise that travelling is both fun and tiring, and so Magnolia Studios excels at providing essential comforts. We aim to send you home feeling relaxed and refreshed after sleeping in super comfortable beds, and after being in a vintage building that is private, relaxing and completely renovated. We're on hand to help with any aspect of your stay, or if you know your way around, we just let you enjoy.


Originally from Sheffield in the north of England, I moved to London in 1985 where I studied geology, and started my working life on the oil rigs. During the 13 years that I spent in London, my career took a different turn and by the time I came to Chicago with Kate in 1998, I had entered the world of IT. I maintain my British roots by drinking warm, dark beer, and by supporting Sheffield United, and am happy to talk at length about either subject. As with Kate, I love Chicago, and it now feels like home. Edwin is seen here at about 11 months on a warm Summer's evening. Vivienne on her favorite bike on an Fall morning at 3 years old .
Edwin, Vivienne and Oliver
Edwin was born here in Chicago in 2007. He has started Kindergarten and his long suffering parents now have to endure his correcting their British English pronunciations. Vivienne and Oliver were born in May 2010, Vivienne wants to be Batman and Oliver wants to be an Octonaut.