The Creative Stories Project: Around Town with Craig and Jason

The past couple of months have been a little crazy, so please accept my sincere apology for the radio silence over here. I had to cancel photoshoots/hang out sessions with CSP features due to a family emergency and just didn't have the energy to post in the chaos. Fortunately, all the incredible creatives I've been scheming with were more than understanding and will be seen here in the near future! 

This project was meant to be an exploration of the Chicago creative scene in all of its forms. Following some of the traditional maker posts, I thought it was a good time to step back from goods and services, and meet with some Chicagoans who could give me, and you dear readers, a glimpse of everyday life in a specific neighborhood. I'd been aching to do a home portrait session while chatting and learning more about the city and somehow talked my friends, Craig and Jason, into agreeing. Plus, they're both just ridiculously good looking, so who's going to oppose a post like that?!

Craig, an Assoc. Creative Direction, and Jason, a Sr. Art Director, have the cutest little apartment in the Ukrainian Village that they share with their pooch, Lola, a greyhound who spends most of her days napping on a luxurious doggy bed. I joined them at their place to catch up, walk the neighborhood, and get to know some of their favorite local spots.

I met Craig and Jason through mutual friends years before my husband and I moved to Chicago and managed to stay in contact. However, as acquaintances go, I didn't really know much about them or the neighborhood and wanted to change that. 

Hailing from Illinois and Missouri, respectively, the two studied design at the University of Missouri before moving to Chicago, and have been residing in their current neighborhood for about 7 years. Craig's sharp wit and Jason's ever-comforting calm are just two characteristics that make them so fun to be around. When they're not working on design campaigns for big name businesses, they're enjoying their hood, with opinions to share on many of the best places to eat and shop.

Shop Small (Craig and Jason's favorite eats/coffee/& shopping):

Chicago Favorites:

Thanks, guys, for letting me follow you around town and grill you on the best neighborhood spots! Readers, have any other spots in the area you want to share? Leave 'em in the comments!