Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-02-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

New event space opened in Edgewater for celebrations
by Melissa Wasserman
2017-08-23

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The Lytle House in Edgewater is ready for big celebrations.

Robyn and Michelle Lytle ( not pronounced as "little" ) have been married since 2014. Shortly after getting engaged, Robyn began working with her wife at Michelle Lytle Photography, established in 2004. Robyn, originally from Hinsdale, and Michelle a Downer's Grove native, moved to Edgewater in January 2017 with their dog and infant daughter.

The Lytles, have a passion for the City of Chicago's history and all the old buildings, when they began looking at properties where they could have more space to raise their growing family and expand their business, spotted an old auto garage for sale by the owner, which had "a cool history." The Lytles received a grant from the City of Chicago's Small Business Improvement Fund ( SBIF ) to get the building up and running.

"It was really important for us to own a piece of Chicago history and hold on to a piece of it with all of these buildings being knocked down and all these huge apartment buildings going up especially in this area," said Robyn.

Now the old auto garage

Robyn shared that the Edgewater Historical Society said that over 100 years ago, this property was a tin shop and the Lytle's goal was to preserve as much of the building's history as possible. Today, after making major renovations, they have converted the building into a live/work space. While they live on the second floor, they run their wedding photography studio and a small event space out of the first floor. People can celebrate weddings, engagement parties, baby showers, professional events, photoshoots and more in the first floor event space. Bookings for events at the Lytle House began in June 2017.

"I still can't believe we live here when I walk up to it and we love this neighborhood, we love the community; it's amazing," said Robyn. "We're really happy."

The Lytle House has more than 2,800 square feet of free-flowing indoor-outdoor space. Being photographers, the space was designed with a very strategic approach, including daylight-balanced lighting and various custom touches. For example, Robyn explained, they took the previously paved driveway full of broken-down cars and turned it into a private courtyard with a custom mural created just for Chicago ( and Edgewater, specifically ). For this big project, they also mainly worked with local Chicagoans and businesses.

Robyn said the thing that really stands out about the space is the attention to detail.

"There's just so much detail in everything," Robyn said. "Everything that was designed, like the tables, were designed with such thought. We just worked with all local people and just tried to make everything that was brought into this space so meaningful, so we didn't just throw something together, we wanted everything to be very thought out. So, when I walk into the space, I feel like everything is very thought out."

Robyn described her and Michelle's wedding photography style as "photo documentary." In the photography work, Robyn shared that hers and Michelle's favorite part, as they focus on capturing different angles of the same moment, is getting to witness one of the happiest days in people's lives. She added she enjoys witnessing that moment right after two people decide to share their lives together. That passion transfers into the work the two are now doing in the new event space.

"So, we love that piece of it and when we created this space to host events, we're like 'wow, now this space we created, our home is above it and below it, these people are going to be celebrating amazing things, whether it's a birthday party or a 50th anniversary or an engagement party," said Robyn. "Just so many happy moments right below our home. They're being hosted right in our home pretty much."

With the space being a new development, Robyn said they are spending a lot of time talking to people in the community, letting them know that they are here, what they are and what they have converted the space into. They offer tours to those who want to see the place for an event.

"We're always encouraging them to do something different, do something that's unique to you, what you want your celebration to be, we're open to any ideas and helping them make it happen and it's just really cool the people who have come through," said Robyn about people's events in the space. "It's been really fun so far."

To learn more about the Lytle House, visit TheLytleHouse.com .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Sporting Life, Kayla Cormier 2019-02-19 - Kayla Cormier is part of the reigning, three-time Spirit Champions kickball team through the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ). Her ...


Gay News

Sharon Bottoms Mattes, known for '90s child-custody case, dies at 48 2019-02-18 - Sharon Bottoms Mattes—a central figure in a closely watched 1990s LGBT-related child-custody case—has died at 48, according to The Washington Post. Mattes ended ...


Gay News

Before Stonewall, The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community restoration out in June 2019-02-13 - ( February 14, 2019 ) — First Run Features is proud to announce the theatrical re-release of the legendary documentary Before Stonewall: The ...


Gay News

ELECTION 2019, 47th WARD. Angie Maloney on hopes for aldermanic post 2019-02-13 - Educator Angie Maloney, who is one of several openly LGBT candidates running in the Feb. 26 citywide elections, hopes to win the 47th ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2019, 33RD WARD. Lesbian alderperson Deb Mell talks feats, LGBT issues 2019-02-13 - Deb Mell has been the 33rd Ward alderman since 2013 and previously served in the Illinois General Assembly as a representative for the ...


Gay News

THE AMAZON TRAIL How to celebrate Valentine's Day 2019-02-13 - Valentine's Day is one of those do-it-yourself celebrations. There are no parades or feasts or family gatherings. When I was single, I ...


Gay News

Patricia Nell Warren, author of first gay novel on NYT Best Seller List, dies 2019-02-12 - LOS ANGELES - Patricia Nell Warren, age 82, died on Saturday February 9th at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California after ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Writer Patricia Nell Warren dies at 82 2019-02-11 - Best-selling novelist Patricia Nell Warren has died at 82, several outlets reported. Warren's 1974 novel, The Front Runner, told the story of an ...


Gay News

Black Lesbian Archives Chicago Tour 2019 at Gerber/Hart Feb. 23 2019-02-07 - Maekdo Productions Black Lesbian Archives Chicago Tour 2019 opening event will take place Feb. 23, 2019 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Gerber/Hart ...


Gay News

Pat McCombs talks Executive Sweet, activism, other feats 2019-02-06 - For more than four decades, life-long Chicagoan Pat McCombs has been a mover and shaker in the city's LGBTQ community as a social-justice ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.