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Whatever brings you to Chicago, work, family visit or sightseeing, everything is accessible from Magnolia Studios. If you want to go downtown to the main attractions, or to Wrigley Field, just walk five minutes to the nearest L stop (Bryn Mawr) and the red line will take you there directly.

There’s no need to go downtown if you fancy a more relaxed pace. Chicago is a mix of wonderful, eclectic neighborhoods, and we sit in two of them, Edgewater and Andersonville.

Andersonville, originally inhabited by Swedish farmers is now a super fun, highly diverse community that hosts a variety of local shops and restaurants. There are no chain stores to be found, rather an array of interesting independent stores. You can buy hand crafted items and clothes as well as wonderful artwork on Clark St, and the ‘restaurant strip’ (also on Clark St) offers all types of delicious food. Some of our favorites are listed here. Please tell us if you find a favorite!


Within walking distance of the heart of Andersonville, we’re also situated right in Edgewater, so can take advantage of the relaxing lakefront that is three blocks away. Walk out of your studio, turn right on Magnolia Avenue, and then right again, and you will be on Hollywood Beach after about 10 minutes. You’ll also be at the top of the Lakeshore bike path which runs all the way into the City center. Divvy bikes are easily accessible so jump on a bike, go for a walk, or sit on the beach and relax.

Loyola and Northwestern universities are also .5 mile and 1 mile respectively, so if you’re moving a student in, or visiting somebody there, we’re perfectly located.

We are 15 mins walk from the Chicago Mosaic School and have had many students stay with us.


Edgewater \ Andersonville


Edgewater, as the name would imply, hugs the shores of Lake Michigan some seven miles north of downtown Chicago. Famous for its expansive beaches and sprawling park space, this neighborhood boasts an eclectic mix of urban gains and natural beauty. When strolling through Edgewater, expect to find families, a crowd of illustrious city landmarks and some of the Midwest's best antique shopping. 

Between its lantern lights and vintage lamp posts, the neighborhood's Bryn Mawr Historic District is a charming reminder of the city's 1920's era. Bryn Mawr Avenue is lined with notably significant buildings, including the historic Belle Shore Apartment Hotel and Edgewater Presbyterian Church. You will also discover the Edgewater Beach Apartments, which were once connected to the former Edgewater Beach Hotel, an infamous playground for celebrities in the 1950s.

Affordable lakefront living meets diversity in the vibrant neighborhood of Edgewater, an accessible area teeming with local restaurants and beautiful parks. The big-city feel and convenient location accompany a tranquil atmosphere ideal for residents looking for a home near the beach. Whether you are lying on the sand at Lane Beach Park or strolling past boutiques and thrift shops along Clark Street, Edgewater has a way of enchanting you. Situated along the shores of Lake Michigan, Edgewater borders West Ridge, Lincoln Square and Uptown while resting just a few miles north of downtown Chicago. The median income is just above average for the city at around $46,000, and the median age is old for the city at 37. Retirees and new families make Edgewater their home, but the area also attracts college students and business professionals of all ages.


Andersonville, is an area of Edgewater, anchored by the Swedish American Museum and home to one of the city's largest gay and lesbian communities, Andersonville is recognized for its diversity. With a quirky atmosphere and distinctive flavor, the area has quickly become one of the North Side's most popular neighborhoods.

Distinctive to Andersonville is a lack of national chains. In fact, the neighborhood's commercial district is made up almost entirely of independent, locally-owned businesses. Between its specialty bakeries, dynamic bar scene and incredible array of stylish boutiques, Andersonville is a thriving example of colorful urban living.

Along Clark Street's fabled "restaurant strip," you will find craft brew emporium Hopleaf Bar, epic brunch spot m. henry and some of the city's best comfort food at Big Jones. Hamburger Mary's is famous for its lively dining atmosphere and outstanding ground chuck. In addition, Hamburger Mary's hosts award-winning stage shows at an in-house theater, which is precisely the kind of eccentric charm that you can expect in Andersonville.


Wrigleyville and the Chicago Cubs

Wrigleyville is the lively little pocket in the Lakeview neighborhood that sits in the shadows of historic Wrigley Field, the second oldest stadium in baseball and home to the beloved Chicago Cubs. It has become a magnet for sports fans and young professionals alike, and particularly singles who hop from bar to bar along Clark, Addison and Sheffield Avenues.

For late night entertainment, a boisterous after-hours crowd heads to Wrigleyville for everything from live music to sketch comedy. But if there's a day game or a night game letting out at "The Friendly Confines" then look out: the streets swell with the masses of fans looking to celebrate a Cubs win... or lament their lovable losers

The Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field
Green Mill Lounge

A vibrant blend of old and new, Uptown is an intriguing neighborhood where Chicago's rich history and ethnic diversity intersect. This was a booming entertainment district for shopping and revelry in the 1920s and 1930s — though the area has weathered multiple changes over time. Most recently, a renaissance has been underway in the Uptown neighborhood and that faded glory is sparkling once again in the form of restored movie palaces and Art Deco beauties.

For live music and nightlife, sit back for some jazz at the Green Mill, a 100-year-old classic where the swanky atmosphere harks back to prohibition's heyday. Or for a lively mix, go for either indie rock, salsa concerts, world-class boxing or colorful wrestling matches at the Riviera or Aragon.

Historic landmark districts in Buena Park, Sheridan Park and Uptown Square are just some of the architectural highlights. And to immerse yourself in the present, just have a sample of the ethnic cuisines that have found a home in the neighborhood. On Argyle Street and the surrounding blocks, you can do a tour of Asia with destination restaurants serving up Beijing duck, sushi, traditional Chinese dim sum and Vietnamese specialties like banh mi and pho. Adding to the variety are ethnic grocers mixed among Ethiopian, Lebanese, Indian cuisine and more.

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo

See roaring lions, playful meerkats and majestic gorillas just minutes from downtown Chicago. Lincoln Park Zoo is free, open and amazing every day of the year.
Visitors can go nose-to-nose with gorillas and chimpanzees, howl with red wolves, peer into a black bear den and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Africa with wild dogs, pygmy hippos and black rhinos. Beyond providing a wild home to hundreds of species, Lincoln Park Zoo also operates one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country.
Chicago’s free zoo is located just minutes from downtown Chicago at Lake Shore Drive and Fullerton Parkway. Paid parking is available on Cannon Drive. CTA buses 151 and 156 service the zoo, which is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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