Our clients coming from downtown had actually never been to this block. When they stepped out of the car the first thing they said was it "...feels like a European town". Bob and I stress loving the location and general aesthetic of your surroundings. Your great Chicago location is most important and will make it easier to make compromises on physical features of the home. You'll be glad you did not compromise on location!
Check out a short video look from last year at the 2400 block of North Orchard a street over. This summer I'll take a video walk around several of these blocks to update what's going on.