Both a resident and
shop owner retailer in Roscoe Village, Lauren Chatman’s irrepressible passion for city living is wonderfully obvious in her self-professed love of wine, architecture, sushi, taking, and laughing. A native of the Chicagoland area and a graduate of Columbia College, Lauren’s expertise in marketing and sales means that she is the perfect go-to gal at the Roscoe Village children’s boutique, Little Threads, 2033 W. Roscoe St., where she can be found helping customers choose that perfect onesie or hostessing a fun storybook event.
Lauren’s charming sense of humor is evident not only in her choice of vocation, but also in that she readily admits to loving Wet Naps, liking peanut butter only half the time, and always being confused by the Taco Bell drive-thru.
1. Where is your favorite spot to relax in Roscoe Village/West Lakeview?
My husband and I are big fans of The Village Tap and when I am out with girlfriends its most definitley Volo. I actually told a friend of mine when we were there recently that Volo equals a massage in terms of relaxation. It is THAT relaxing…Oh, and the wine helps too!
2. How has the neighborhood changed over the past five years or so?
We have lived in the neighborhood for about seven years now, and I am not sure if it’s because we have a child now, but it certainly seems as if there are more kids, strollers and dogs….Don’t drink the Roscoe Village water unless you want one of the mentioned “Village accessories.”
3. What’s the goofiest thing you have seen in the neighborhood lately?
The goofiest thing would have to be almost getting run over by a child in an almost to scale Hummer toy car on the sidewalk. My husband and I were just casually strolling down Roscoe with our son and literally had to jump off the sidewalk because this child was barreling towards us in his ginormous toy Hummer. I swear he was going 20 miles per hour and was going to run us down. Swear.
4. There are so many good breakfast places in that area! What’s your go-to place and what is your favorite dish?
Hands down: Victory’s Banner. Their french toast is ridiculous. If you are with other people, you don’t even have time for chit chat because it is THAT good. You want to savor every bite.
5. When you need some retail therapy, what shop in the area always has that perfect little something?
It’s a tie between Glam to Go and Fixture. Both are always SPOT ON for gifts and I feel like I can always walk in with a budget in mind and find the perfect thing and of course walk away with something for myself each and every time!