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How to… Live Well

A young Lincoln Park couple turns an empty CTA lot into a sleek, eco-friendly showpiece. Jan and Pam Henrich never intended to build a home. Between balancing their busy careers—Jan is a management consultant and Pam is a physician—and parenting their 5-year-old daughter, Bianca, the couple had little time to even house hunt. But as their two-bedroom condo seemed to shrink, they remained patient and persistent. More than two years and 140 showings later, they stumbled on an empty lot in Lincoln Park, once home to a CTA bus barn. A local developer had been saving the land to build his own place, but due to the economic downturn, he put it up for sale. The Henrichs scooped up the property in August 2010. “This was the perfect lot because, unlike most Chicago residences, it’s square-shaped as opposed to long and narrow, plus it’s near the lake and everything else we’ll ever need,” Jan says.

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