Behind the Scenes in Nick's Home Kitchen

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger]

It's an interesting time to do this kitchen tour, because as of a week or two ago, my wife and I finally conceded that we have to move. With a very active eight-month-old around, our one bedroom condo in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago just isn't going to cut it for much longer. I've been spending most nights scanning realtor sites for that ideal new place, a process I think most people hate, but I have a strange affection for. I sometimes check the listings for fun. After all, it was this kind of ridiculous hunt that led me to this condo 4 1/2 years ago.

Sure, it's not big or full of brand new appliances, but along with tall ceilings and lots of windows, the location is definitely the best part. I've never had a place even close to public transit; the walks to the train at my apartments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown were all over 15 minutes. But here I can casually stroll out my door and within five minutes or so I'm standing in the Logan Square Blue Line station. Sometimes I can get to the Loop in 20 minutes flat. Can you tell I'm proud?

While I can talk endlessly about the location, I'll admit that my kitchen isn't absolutely perfect. It's kind of stuck in the back of my condo, and while I have some decent sized windows, it doesn't get much direct sunlight. But I do have a beautiful courtyard to look out on, which looks especially lovely blanketed in snow, like it was for most of this insane winter.