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What It's Really Like to Live in a 300-Square-Foot Micro Studio

Welcome to a special Micro Week edition of House Calls, a feature in which Curbed tours lovely, offbeat, or otherwise awesome homes. Think your space should be featured next? Drop us a line.

[Photos by Nick Fochtman]

When one hears the term "micro apartment," expensive cities like New York, San Francisco or Miami might immediately come to mind. However, the small apartment movement is making its way to the Windy City, with many Chicagoans choosing to scale down on size and cost of living. Take Richard Smith III for example. As a filmmaker and photographer who just moved to Chicago from Columbus, Ohio earlier this year and is wrapping up studies at Columbus College of Art & Design, living small makes a lot of sense. Smith, who stands at a not-so-micro 6'6", knew that he'd be living by himself, and felt that having a small, efficient space would be the best way to go. Inspired by the creativity and opportunity Chicago has to offer, Smith has learned to love his adopted city and his new sub-300 square foot home at FLATS Chicago No. 1325 in Uptown.

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