Chicago has a ton of open public green space - one of the best park systems in the country in my (and many others) opinion. This is great, but it doesn't negate my want/need for a private outdoor space. My last apartment had a small balcony. We were 15 floors up facing west - which allowed for an unobstructed view of the City (not the loop, but west to the suburbs) and a great vantage point for suburban fire works shows. My balcony wasn't private it was only accessible from my unit, but my neighbors had the same lay out and you could easily see and hear everything that was going with the neighbors.
|Balconies at my previous |
apartment - individual, but not private.
I'm lucky enough now, in my condo, to have two outdoor spaces. These also are private (only accessible from my unit and for use only by me as well). I have a balcony on the third and the forth floor - one off the dining room and another off the master bedroom. The balconies are each about 5' by 15'. Since the upper balcony is only accessible off the master, I left my mom to decorate/update as she sees fit, but she has done nothing with it.
Each spring I visit Gethsemane Garden Center - which is one of my favorite garden places in the City. It is huge with a great selection and for me, more importantly, the staff is extremely knowledgeable. I know nothing about plants, but when I swing by Gethsemane and can get all the flowers, veggies and herbs I need for my balcony.
Do you love your small urban outdoor space? What do you do to make it your own? Are you fighting (like I am) a space with limited direct sunlight? What makes your space your own: a grill, a certain flower, veggies?
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