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Photos: Take A Tour Of Two Tiny Houses In The West Loop

By Stephen Gossett in News on Aug 9, 2016 7:00PM

If you happened to catch the 2013 documentary Tiny: A Story About Small Living chances are good that you also caught the tiny-house bug. The movement—motivated by the twin trends of de-cluttering and downsizing—is pretty much what it sounds like: people construct and inhabit itty-bitty houses, reducing costs and environmental impact in the process. Now, the movement has (literally) rolled into Chicago, as a couple of pint-sized domiciles are on view near the Loop, at 2 North Riverside Plaza. (Tiny houses are often on wheels to get around zoning laws.)

Despite their modest size (one is 258 square feet; the other is 218 square feet), both are equipped with a full bathroom, kitchen, loft and storage space, an ironically named “great” room, and a front porch. The houses—which were built by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company—are on view from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. After that, they’ll be wheeled along down the road to Tennessee for the next stop on the tour.

Update: Please note the tour will now end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday instead of 6 p.m. as originally scheduled.