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Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL
Photography by Christian Phillips Photography
The main branch of the Chicago River has a storied history. Once a meandering marshy stream, the river first became an engineered channel to support the industrial transformation of the city. Over the last decade, the role of the river has been evolving with the Chicago Riverwalk project – an initiative to reclaim the Chicago River for the ecological, recreational and economic benefit of the city.

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For our June/July Outdoor issue, we asked local design professionals to share their opinions on outdoor chandeliers. Are these design dazzlers a classic or a craze?

Classic
“I'd say classic. In elaborate outdoor rooms, I think adding such a classical element, like a chandelier, really helps pull the whole room together.” Katy Molaskey, Green Guys.

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Create another dimension of texture with wood accent pieces. Organic and warm, wood can be mixed with a variety of materials for an earthy feel. 

one: Wood and metal chandelier, available at Wilson Lighting.

two: Wood art, available at Amini's.

three: Natural petrified wood slice, available at Design & Detail.

four: Nolan sling chair, available at Savvy Surrounding Style.

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Botanicals are a bold, beautiful way to bring nature into any space in your home. The lush leafy designs can be incorporated in fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and accessories for a more modern take on traditional florals. Let the outdoors come inside.

1) Banana leaf print mural wallpaper, available at West Elm.

2) Gold foil fern, available at The Gifted Gardener.

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SLHL: How would you describe your style?
Jenny: My style is 10,000% modern Bohemian.  Bohemianism is defined as: The practice of unconventional lifestyle often in the company of like-minded folks involving musical, artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits. Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers or vagabonds or, in other words, a JIPSI. Hence, my business name!

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Charlie Gitto Jr. may have expanded the Gitto family restaurant business into three locations, but it’s the original Italian eatery in The Hill neighborhood that remains the spicy heart and soul of the enterprise.

An authentic taste of old Italy is a staple ingredient of the Charlie Gitto legacy: pastas, breads and desserts that are made in-house and cooked to order; fresh ingredients that are either raised on the premises, brought in frequently or seasonal in the Midwest; and care and attention lavished on every dish.

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