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Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling at home

While you might expect a hep cat like Chicago jazz vocalist Kurt Elling to be downtown, he actually makes his home in low-key Hyde Park on the Windy City’s south side. “It’s not the hippest neighborhood,” he says, but “it’s beautiful, it’s affordable, we have a lot of friends down here and we’re right on the lake.” Plus, Elling says, there are good jazz clubs there.

He and his wife of seven years, Jennifer, love the diversity, the architecture, plentiful bookstores, nearby parks and the Indian cuisine of Rajun Cajun (which, somewhat bizarrely, also serves soul food). They’re also steps away from Lake Michigan, along which Elling runs regularly.

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