Riding my bicycle has become a lifestyle, even when I am not on my bike. It’s all about slowing down and being a part of the city. To this end, I take time to enjoy all the nooks and crannies of my neighborhood.
The Southport Corridor is a popular commercial street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, not far from Wrigley Field and about a mile from Lake Michigan. The Corridor is not quite my cup of tea, with many boutiques where I would not shop and bars where I would not drink. Despite this, the area has a lot to offer. I took all of these photographs in a one-mile stretch of the street.
My favorite Southport attraction is a store called Candyality. This place carries all of my old favorites, like Sugar Daddies, Oh Henry! bars, and candy cigarettes. When you pay they will tell you your “candyality” personal profile based on your choices. Like psychoanalysis but with gummi bears.
Another favorite is Ann Sather, an old Swedish breakfast restaurant. They are all about the freshly baked, sugar oozing cinnamon roll. Sooo good.
I go to this decent Irish cafe, Mystic Celt, for one of my favorite meals: grilled cheese and Guinness.
Music Box Theatre is an excellent contribution to the street, playing a unique mix of films and hosting awesome events like sing-along Little Mermaid (“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty / I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore”).
If you are visiting Chicago, Southport Corridor would not be among my top recommendations of places to visit. But if you live here, it is definitely worth checking out, preferably by bike or foot. There are gems all around the city – that’s why I love riding around it so much.