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The spacious homes have spurred innovation, too. "The long, narrow lots that distinguish typical Chicago residences present certain proportion and layout challenges," says interior designer Lisa Wolfe. "Our common three-flat condos and single-family homes are often only 20 to 30 feet wide and can feel like one long hallway. We find ourselves creating many custom pieces to accommodate this, most often dining banquettes."The layouts also encourage opening up the floor plans. "Kitchens and living areas are often open to each other, and families practically live in these busy, compact areas," Wolfe describes. "Squeezing multiple functions into a small space while maintaining that main walkway through the home requires some serious editing and smart design."