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When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe invites himself over to sample the fruits of their labor.

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  Foil-wrapped grilled whitefish seasoned with piment d’Espelette makes for an attractive main dish  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Foil-wrapped grilled whitefish seasoned with piment d’Espelette makes for an attractive main dish Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor condominium to include a custom Bulthaup kitchen.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor condominium to include a custom Bulthaup kitchen. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  At breakfast, Arthur multitasks while seated at the dining table. He hand-stenciled the pattern on the wall in the background.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    At breakfast, Arthur multitasks while seated at the dining table. He hand-stenciled the pattern on the wall in the background. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Arthur created the fresh pumpkin salad based on farmers’ market finds.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Arthur created the fresh pumpkin salad based on farmers’ market finds. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Reflected in the Bulthaup System 20’s gleaming stainless steel surface, Chelsea uses a pastry bag to pipe the marshmallow kisses onto her s’mores tart.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Reflected in the Bulthaup System 20’s gleaming stainless steel surface, Chelsea uses a pastry bag to pipe the marshmallow kisses onto her s’mores tart. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Arthur carved the Indiana limestone–clad bar out of an awkward space in the hallway.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Arthur carved the Indiana limestone–clad bar out of an awkward space in the hallway. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Pork Chop, the dog, has plenty of comfortable places to nap between meals.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Pork Chop, the dog, has plenty of comfortable places to nap between meals. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  With SOM’s Willis Tower looming in the background, a double-decker Metra train passes by the University Station building, a former produce storage facility in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    With SOM’s Willis Tower looming in the background, a double-decker Metra train passes by the University Station building, a former produce storage facility in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Arthur slices the goat ribs before applying a fresh pesto made with herbs from the balcony.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Arthur slices the goat ribs before applying a fresh pesto made with herbs from the balcony. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  In the adjacent bedroom, decorative touches like the silver wallpaper and mirrored regency-style side table juxtapose with the exposed concrete and duct work.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    In the adjacent bedroom, decorative touches like the silver wallpaper and mirrored regency-style side table juxtapose with the exposed concrete and duct work. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  The combination living, kitchen, and dining area hosts a Modernica Case Study day bed, an Eames Aluminum Group chair and ottoman from Chicago vintage retailer Pegboard Modern, Artemide’s Tolomeo Mega floor lamp, and a Big Sur Small dining table from Crate and Barrel. The Duetto sideboard and cocktail table were hand-built by designer Sandra Capasso for her thesis project.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    The combination living, kitchen, and dining area hosts a Modernica Case Study day bed, an Eames Aluminum Group chair and ottoman from Chicago vintage retailer Pegboard Modern, Artemide’s Tolomeo Mega floor lamp, and a Big Sur Small dining table from Crate and Barrel. The Duetto sideboard and cocktail table were hand-built by designer Sandra Capasso for her thesis project. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Among other things, the couple’s refrigerator contains garlic scapes, Meyer lemon preserves, Araucana chicken eggs from Chelsea’s grandfather’s farm, juneberry jam, fresh El Popo tortillas, a ginger beer starter, pickled sour cherries (used in the salad), Tortuga hot sauce, Sriracha, homemade chili relish, and a kombucha mushroom.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Among other things, the couple’s refrigerator contains garlic scapes, Meyer lemon preserves, Araucana chicken eggs from Chelsea’s grandfather’s farm, juneberry jam, fresh El Popo tortillas, a ginger beer starter, pickled sour cherries (used in the salad), Tortuga hot sauce, Sriracha, homemade chili relish, and a kombucha mushroom. Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Arthur installed shelving from Ikea and poured a cast-in-place concrete shelf to create a small media nook.  Photo by Matthew Williams.
    Arthur installed shelving from Ikea and poured a cast-in-place concrete shelf to create a small media nook. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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